Monday, January 7, 2013

My Diet Pill

I am extremely proud to say that I have never tried any form of diet pill in my life as an obese woman. It was tempting, but I knew that it wasn't a long term solution for weight loss, for me.

I have people in my life that have used weight loss pills in the past, with two different outcomes. Some have success, some do not. Some have used diet pills to help jump start a weight loss, too. I had my concerns about doing that, so I just stayed away. It's not for everyone, and it's not for me. Call me selfish, but if I lose weight, I don't want a diet pill to take any credit. I want to be able to say that "I DID IT", through exercise, eating healthier and determination!

Losing weight in a healthy, sustainable way is hard work. This must be why people say "nothing worth having has ever come easy."

I have been trying to lose weight for as long as I can remember. I was an obese child in the 90's when it seemed like there was always a new fad diet people should try. I grew up thinking that if I'm not losing weight quickly, I'm failing. Feeling like a failure as an emotional eater is a recipe for disaster. It wasn't until I was a young adult when I realized that I was believing a lie; I wasn't a failure.

Since 2010, I have lost nearly 35 pounds. In 2011, I spent the majority of the year maintaining that weight loss. While my weight loss has not been a quick process, my efforts have been successful. I am doing it, and; I am doing it without fad diets, deprivation and diet pills!

If I had a diet pill in this journey, I guess I would say its water. There are so many benefits to drinking water! I strive to drink at least 64 oz. of water a day. You may need more depending on your level of activity and the climate you live in.

photo from www.sparkpeople.com

Below are a few different articles on water from www.sparkpeople.com:

12 Tips to Drink 8 Cups a Day
Water is a Secret Ingredient
Water 101
Drinking Water During Exercise

Do you drink at least 8 cups of water a day?

1 comment:

  1. Good Job Kay! I never realized the awesome benefits of water. I just recently started making water a priority in my new healthy lifestyle. I set a timer on my phone at 9:30, noon, 3:30 and 6:00 to make sure I have had a 16 oz bottle of water before each timer goes off. Its becoming more and more of a habit with the help of my timers. Its a good way to remind myself to drink water. Other people may have other ways, but the timers work for me.

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