I have found myself in despair mode because I "plateaued" and ceased to lose weight. I neglected the healthy eating and exercise habits I had once established and sure enough, the weight came back.
I recently got a full time job (Go me!) so I have less time to exercise, but healthy eating is not too hard and it tends to keep me at that plateau and not gain any more. I know that I am healthier for it, even if I am not losing any more weight.
Yes, exactly! The giving up good of habits because the only contemplated goal is unattainable is just so frustrating to see people do. Good for you coming back!
Mine isn't the lack of numbers going down but the not bouncing back of my flesh and the lack of wanting to be naked in front of people. I'm almost shy in front of my lover and that's not necessarily the healthiest feeling to be having.
You are absolutely gorgeous. Body dysmorphia is another huge problem that I will write about someday soon. But believe me when I say that there are many of us who would be more than happy to see you naked.
Amen and hallelujah. Also, though there is still a lot of weight loss talk involved, I was pleasantly surprised by MyFitnessPal forums. People there (generally speaking) seem to encourage healthy goals and really despise fad diets and/or starvation approaches to weight loss. It's still about weight loss but I think it might show some kind of paradigm shift.
I was mulling this for a large part of the day, when something struck me: the thing about weight is that it's easily measurable. "Health" is kind of a nebulous concept, so while that might be the goal, the human tendency is to work toward what is quantifiable.
Not saying that's the only reason, but it is in the mix.
But encouraging people to work toward a quantifiable that is mostly quantifiable in its failure is a system that really needs to be talked about and changed.
In my head, that was an answer to the question "why do we continue to do this to ourselves?"
Of course, my thoughts on this are still in the formative stage. Can you tell?
The evidence is clear: dieting in the leading cause fatness. The more our society has been inundated with diet plans, the fatter we've gotten. And the unhealthier.
2014-03-08 12:49 pm (UTC)
I am on a diet for Type 2, but a) it will never end, there is no "goal" and b) it's got nothing to do with fitness which I addressed many years ago (and which led to weight gain).
There is no real connection between weight and fitness and, what people also don't realise, no connection between fitness and health (I am fit, but for diagnosed reasons, not very healthy).
Edited at 2014-03-08 12:50 pm (UTC)
People freak out, though, when you challenge their worldview in this topic. Every HAES blogger gets hate mail and death threats. Because TEHDEATHFAT is the worst thing in the world.
A few months back I had to stop drinking soda, candy and sugar. It was all of these things that were affecting me. Now my sugar is about in the 119. Sometimes it can go as low as 90. Now I have hypoglycemia and this is how I began a few years with hypoglycemia. Diabetes ran on my mother's side of the family so I had to stop doing those little delicious things and focus on my health very deeply. I'm not on any blood sugar medicines at all. It was just a matter of changing what I ate to lower the blood sugar. Once I did that everything went back to normal.
What I have done all through my journey to weight loss is keep exercising. I have never been on a diet, but have been able to see results from the exercise regime I use. Not everyone is the same the only thing is that you can't give up if you don't see any results. You have to stick to something that you can do. It can't be hard or else you will want to give up. Keep it simple and stick with it.