03 Feb It’s Never Too Late (To Diet That Is!)
When I was a kid and someone brought in the Duncan Butterfly Yoyo, I was hooked! Walk the Dog, Rock the Cradle , The Sling Shot were all great moves and lots of fun. Now when you apply these to dieting, they only go so far! I mean the yoyo part of dieting is no fun, but “walking the dog” can be good for you and if you are “rocking the cradle” maybe you are too busy to eat. And I know that if use a “sling shot” to shatter those sugary drink bottles, it might help you for a while. But that is just the thing: only for a while. I don’t care how many times or types of diets you have engaged it, but a diet, as connoted here is a short term fix (sounds like and addiction doesn’t it?) that will eventually let you down.
I ought to know as I’ve been let down more times than “that puppy in the window”. But hey, persistence and a sense of humor (and a good plan) can really help. There is no magic pill, course of action or failsafe method that will guarantee success. But there are some approaches to think about as you embark on your way to a better you!.
First, weight loss is different than dieting. Weight loss and healthy lifestyle tie into a number of different factors, such as: food choices, exercise, stress management, proper rest and lifestyle. Second, there is no one-size-fits-all approach. Restricting food intake or increasing exercise or reducing stress, while in and of themselves can be beneficial, it is more the combination of “ingredients” which will determine your overall success and likelihood to stick with any lifestyle change. Therefore, you will have to find what works for you and create a combination of diet, exercise etc that fits your demeanor, schedule and truly positions you for a better chance to succeed.
And then there is success. Success determinants will vary from person to person and depend on the goals you have set for yourself. Of course, if you have decided to compete in a triathlon in one year and are 40 pounds overweight your routine is going to be different than someone who is attempting to increase his endurance to be able to walk, comfortably, 2 miles a day.
So understand your body, your goals, your behavior and what is likely to have the best chance of working for you. And remember, it is just a starting point and nothing but your resolve needs to be set in stone.
For me, in the past, I have considered myself a failure if I was not able to achieve my goals right out of the box, without setbacks. Now, while I am neither advocating weak will nor nebulous goals, I am saying that you are human and if or when you take a step backward, try not to let it derail you permanently and give up hope. As long as the sun shines the next day you have an opportunity to redeem yourself.
Better late than never! And if you are trying then it means you recognize the importance of good diet, exercise, proper rest, stress reduction and an overall lifestyle conducive to mental and physical health and well being.
As Jimmy V said: “Don’t give up, don’t ever give up!” I know I am not going give up.
How about you? Take a moment to let us know in the comments what your weight loss goals are, what your strategy is, and works and what doesn’t work for you?