Friday, April 6, 2012
Crazy Diet Reward
As a part of my 25 by 25 List I have made it a goal to read 5 books regarding healthy living before I turn 25 on February 4, 2013.
When I began my current journey through weightloss early last year, I created a reward system as an extra incentive to reach my weight-loss goals. At each 5 pounds lost, I would reward myself. The weight-loss reward for reaching 235 lbs. was a new book. Since I also have the goal to read 5 healthy living books, this worked out perfectly in my favor. I am rewarding myself while working toward a goal, all at the same time!
Last night, after work, I went to the bookstore and scanned the diet and lifestyle section. After being a part of Sparkpeople (a healthy living website that I use for tracking nutrition) for so long, I have become a big advocate for "healthy living" vs. "dieting". Dieting doesn't work, for me. I need to work toward a healthy lifestyle; something that I can sustain past the weightloss. With that being said, you may wonder why I chose the "Crazy Sexy Diet" by Kris Carr as my next healthy living book and weightloss reward (not to be confused with "the Crazy Diet" as my blog title state, which I laughed about because I actually do think that diets are crazy). I am not intending to start a diet by reading this book, I just want gain some new information and learn about what works for others. For example, I read "Why we Get Fat" by Gary Taubes. The book taught me a lot, however, I didn't agree with everything that it contained. It was basically a no-carb lifestyle (something that I could never do, myself).
Since joining Sparkpeople, I don't think that I have ever agreed 100% with any diet book that I have read, but I definitely take some new and useful information from each one. In the past, way before being a member with Sparkpeople, when I would read a book I felt like I had to agree with everything in it (i.e. the "South Beach Diet" days). Now, I am allowing myself to read these diet books with an attitude of "take it or leave it". It's my choice. I will take what information I agree with and use it in my life. As for the information that I don't agree with, I am allowing myself to leave it behind.
This book looks like a fun read. As I read this book, I will share some of the information that I agree with. I am sure there are some new tips that I have never thought of before. That's what is so great about this goal of reading 5 new healthy living books. The more knowledge that I obtain, the more successful I become in my weightloss journey.
Have you read this book, or do you have any suggestions for my next "healthy living book"?