Sustainability

Lifestyle changes are hard. Mainly because you need to keep them up.

For life.

Diets, detoxes, health kicks…. They are all time bound. But weight loss is for life, not just after Christmas.

This is the reason that many diets fail and people regress to their former weight – and then some.

Two years ago I was down to my lowest ever weight. A truly fabulous, 9 stone 5 lbs.  It was wonderful.  I could wear anything I liked.  Pick clothes up off a rack and just buy them.  I could run like the wind (mainly because I didn’t weigh anything).  It really was wonderful.  It was also, for me, entirely unsustainable.  Sustainable in the actually having a life sense anyway.

To get to that weight I exercised at least an hour a day, sometimes two. I didn’t drink alcohol, rarely ate out, and had very little sugar (e.g. nice stuff) in my diet.  This was all fine in the short term but got a bit boring after a while.  And you know, wine.  So I eased off a bit.  Now I aim to exercise 3-5 times a week.  I try to limit my wine consumption (a very definite work in progress), move as much as I can, eat well (some of the time).  My weight has, naturally, gone up a bit (ok a lot).  But it’s okay. It’s about balance after all.  The more extreme the changes you make, the harder they are to sustain.  Not sustaining something is demotivating… it sets up a demotivating cycle of I can’t and I won’t ever.

Instead of big change, do small stuff. Ask yourself – could I live like this?  Do I want to?  if the answer is no, then just maybe you are pushing too hard, too soon.

Choose something sustainable.

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