Have you ever felt like you’d reached the end of your rope, that something had to change in your life? There are many terms for it – the last straw, rock bottom, wake-up call – but they all refer to a defining moment when you realize that you are DONE with whatever it is that’s holding you back. Something has to change, and it all begins in your mind. This is especially true if that something is weight loss.
That’s the essence of “The Click”, which I experienced on January 15, 2016, the 1 year anniversary of my mother’s death. For years I had struggled with my weight, yo-yo-ing up and down the scale. I went on diet after diet and would lose 20-30 pounds, only to put it all back on. I couldn’t seem to manage long-term weight loss, and it frustrated me to no end.
After getting married in 1995 and having triplets in 1997, the struggle continued. My weight hovered near the 200-pound mark for years. Then in 2006, I discovered the treadmill desk. Finally, an easy way to exercise at home! I promptly lost 50 pounds and thought I’d solved my weight loss problems forever. Wrong. A series of devastating setbacks left me overweight yet again, this time without my mother’s calm voice of reason and loving support.
This brings me to that cold January day in 2016. I was 60 years old, standing at my mother’s grave, and … something finally clicked. It was like the flipping of a switch. It was time to reboot my life. I didn’t have a name for it yet but knew that it had to start with shedding the pounds that were weighing me down.
What would be different from before? After all, I knew how to lose weight, and had done it so many times. No, the big question would be, how to keep it off for more than a few weeks? Well, a lifetime of yo-yo dieting had taught me what NOT to do. Here’s what I finally realized…
The way you eat has to be a way of life, not a diet that you start and stop.
“Diets” in the traditional sense do not work long term because they are temporary. Any weight you lose on a diet will usually find its way back to you.
If you look at diet as a verb, well, you can do anything for a short time and lose weight. So technically, yes, diets do work. But most are not sustainable. You must find a way of eating that you can do forever.
I had lost weight before, but it was always temporary. This time would be different because of the lessons I’d learned along the way. I knew better than to follow any diet or to deprive myself of anything I wanted. I was not giving up any of my favorite foods.
So I came up with a plan. Not a diet … a customized lifestyle created just for me.
I was ready and determined. With age comes the awareness of how precious time is. Tomorrow is promised to no one. And if you think about it, we know for sure that time is limited and WILL run out. The time to do anything is NOW.
My journey began on Monday, February 1, 2016.
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In “The Click”, you’ll discover:
- Why DIETING doesn’t work. Think to diet the NOUN, not the VERB.
- The beauty of mindless exercise and how you can use it to trick yourself into losing weight
- Why there should be NO foods that are off-limits
- The most important change you can make (does not involve diet or exercise)
- 8 steps to sustainable permanent weight loss at ANY age
Instead of reading another diet book or forcing yourself to follow someone else’s food plan, why not create your own lifestyle based on your likes, dislikes, and must-haves? If you want permanent weight loss, you must create a way of eating and living that you can happily follow for life.
Get “The Click”, stop dieting, and create a lifestyle that supports you at a healthy weight, at any age.