Hi everyone! I'm Katie and I blog over at KTJ Weighing In. I've been overweight my whole life and now I'm finally taking the steps to live a healthier life. I'm so excited that I was asked to guest post here today and share with you all! So thank you Honeybee!
It takes a long time to change your eating habits. I'm a work in progress and slowly but surely I'm learning how to eat again. It feels like I have to reprogram my brain to know what a healthy portion size is and for what foods to avoid. It is a daily struggle, but I know it will definitely be worth it in the end!
Repeating "it's not worth it" when I'm tempted by foods really helps. And when I have that great feeling of accomplishment after seeing a loss on the scale I am happy with those choices because the bad food really isn't worth it.
So, some of what what I'm doing to have a healthier relationship is to track my food. To be aware of my weak areas, to know what I'm eating daily. Work on changing habits a little at a time. Focus on one change a week, then build on that. Packing healthy snacks and having them with me so when temptation hits I can curb that hunger with a healthy alternative.
I have a lot of weight to lose. It can be overwhelming thinking about how far I have to go, but a good reminder from one of my favorite weight loss books, "Finally Thin" by Kim Bensen is:
There are plenty of diets that can give you a quick fix. Promise that you will lose x pounds in x amount of time, but to really keep it off, to really change your life, you need to change your habits. You need to learn to create a healthier relationship with food!"If you are extremely overweight, remember, there is a real blessing to having a lot of weight to lose. Why? By the time you reach your goal, many of the new healthier habits will be ingrained because you've practiced them for a longer period of time. You'll be one step ahead in your maintenance."
I'm still learning! I'm not an expert at all, but this is what I'm trying to do. The key is to not change everything at once. Start little and then build on that. One step at a time!