I am really good at losing weight. I mean, really good. I would say I am an expert in weight loss. But I am not bragging. Quite the opposite, in fact. The reason I am so good at losing weight is because I have done it...so...many...times.
Losing weight is the easy part. It's the weight maintenance that proves to be the struggle for me. Anyone who has known me for 10 years or more has certainly seen the fluctuation several times over the years. And that is just not healthy.
I have an all-or-nothing brain. When I need to lose weight, I switch to the "all" brain. I exercise a lot. I eat whole natural foods, almost exclusively. I'm very rigid. Give me 12-14 weeks under these circumstances and the weight just falls off. Done. Except I never am.
Over time, my "all" brain relaxes a bit and my "nothing" brain takes over. Maybe it is a year later, maybe during a good time, even two. Inevitably the weight comes back. Slowly over time, whether we are talking about 10 extra pounds or 20, it always seems to creep back.
After about a year of being unhappy with my weight, I did it again. I lost it. Well, most of it. I am feeling pretty good now. I feel like old myself again. I tried to be more aware of my usual pitfalls and I lost the weight with a little less of the crazy-brain this time. I really tried to practice moderation, rather than my usual one-track-health-mind, and low and behold, I still lost the weight.
Oops, I did it again. I lost the weight. Now will you join me on the completely unsexy journey of weight maintenance?
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