Wednesday, February 13, 2008

Don't diet!

I've recently had success in getting more healthy and losing weight by not thinking about dieting at all. Working out and being more active cause me to crave healthier food, so it seems to work for me. However, since the holidays and a week-long vacation in Nicaragua, I have put on some pounds. I'm not too happy with that, so I've been trying to focus on eating more healthily. Bad idea. When I actually focus on it, I get weird and start craving all the foods I shouldn't be eating. It's weird. I love candy, but I rarely ever eat it. Dessert always sounds good, but I never have it unless I go out to eat (rarely, these days) or I'm on vacation. White bread is yummy, but seriously who buys white bread anymore? I hardly buy bread at all. But somehow, when I tell myself I'm on a diet, that's all I want. Desserts, candy, white bread, chocolate and toffee covered almonds. I am pulled to the fridge like a magnet. I'm not even hungry, but I start searching for food, like my body just knows that my diet is going to make me wither away and die or something. I found this cartoon on the internet today and it pretty much sums up how I feel about dieting. So my vote is don't ever go on a diet. Just seek to feel happy, healthy, and fit... it will lead to the end result you have in mind.


Sharona said...

Amen! I gained three lbs in three days on my trip to LA (and I even hit the gym once. Good thing I wasn't there for TEN days.) But from all my previous freak out experiences over gaining lbs and trying to crash diet and kill myself at the gym to make them go away(all bad and I have the same appetite response to dieting that you do), I just reminded myself that if I do whatever it was I was doing BEFORE I went to LA, then at some point, I would go back to my previous body size. Slowly for sure. But it's worth it for sanity's and normalcy's sake. Besides, who has the time anymore to spend hours obsessing about burning off a few lbs at the gym? Time is way too valuable for that.

Amiee said...

Ditto to this post! I have to agree with you 100% on this one! As soon as I think I "can't have it," I want it like crazy! I start to feel as though the foods I love will disappear off the face of the earth if I don't eat them all in that moment. It really sucks. I hate weight. I hate that I have more than I need. I hate how hard it is to get it off. And that it will be a lifetime journey for me. Ugh.