Weight Loss Attempt # 47,564
Sunday, February 16, 2020
Well, things have become uncomfortable again. And by things, I mean waistbands. And looking down in the shower and catching a glimpse of what not staying on top of healthy eating looks like. It can't go on.
I have a fairly relaxed personality in an overall sense and maybe that's why I continue to roller coaster with weight loss and weight gain. I can figure out how to lose it, and successfully lose it, but then I default back to my natural, in-born, "live and let live" personality and I let all the sugary/high calorie foods come "live" back in my house. And then eventually back on my waistline. Getting it off is hard, because I have to change my easy going personality to drill sergeant brain for the duration of the weight loss, but keeping it off is impossible because that is NOT my real personality!
So how do type Bs lose weight, keep it off, and still have some sort of food/life balance? When I'm in loss mode, the only way I can do it is to follow a strict diet of some kind that is written to ensure calorie count stays below 1200 and protein intake is high. The only way this can be accomplished is by low carb and pretty much cutting out sugar altogether. When I honestly ask myself if I can live that way for the rest of my life the answer is a definite NO. (Unless my life unexpectedly ends in the middle of my diet. In that case, I would like someone to speak at my funeral, praising me for making good food choices right up until the very end, but then also to say, "and look where it got her.")
I have heard of one approach used where the only days you can have sugar is on days that start with S. I liked that, because it incorporated moderation in a way that was regulated and easy to remember. (Plus alliteration is appealing...Sugar- Saturday- Sunday- SSS...come on, it's cute, admit it.) But then I remembered that I am a sugar fiend! Once I get started on it I am down the rabbit hole and I won't be back again until I'm 20 pounds heavier. Another similar approach I've heard of was 5 days on and one day off your diet. Sounds great, until I take into consideration what I just mentioned above. The one day off would turn into at least 6 months off for me every time.
So, I don't know what's going to work in terms of maintenance with my personality and tendency to love sugar way too much, but I do know that finding the answer is going to be like finding the proverbial needle in the haystack. (Why is anybody looking for needles in haystacks these days anyway? It's 2020, you can literally go buy a brand new needle for like a dollar. Wait, maybe it's to keep the livestock from ingesting it? At that point, forget it, just burn the haystack and start over. You're never going to find it. Maybe don't sew in the barn next time.)
Anyway, advice from anyone who's ever successfully overcome similar challenges would be appreciated. But before I get to maintenance again, I need to get back down to an ideal weight. So here goes weight loss attempt 47,564. Tomorrow boot camp begins! Wish me luck.