Sunday, October 3, 2010
Two Secrets to Permanent Fat Loss
Ever since January, I've been filling notebooks with whatever insights pop into my head about the fat loss journey I've been on for the past two and a half years. I've been dieting since I was ten, but it's only been since 2008 when I started usingTurbulence Training that I've had any success of a permanent nature. But random thoughts about that success won't really help anyone that much, so I had to set a deadline and have a goal to force me to to focus my attention and start to distill down what I've learned into clear ideas I can share. Oh look, the secret of setting a deadline slipped into this post, and it's not even one of the two secrets I'm writing about. There are two things you have to find in order to get the body you want to lead your life in; a way of eating that satisfies you within your calorie budget, and a way of moving that you deeply enjoy. I know that those two secrets cover a lot of possible eating plans and a lot of different exercise programs, but the critical words in the last sentence are satisfaction and enjoyment, and personally, I don't believe that you can get all of the way to your goal without them. You have to turn the quest for your own ideal body into a pleasure instead of a struggle. Can this be done? I know it can because I've done it, and not only am I not genetically gifted, I'm 5'1" tall middle aged mom. Your mission, should you choose to accept it, is to seek out the way of eating and moving that makes you happy enough over time that you can stay in the game until you reach your goal. I look around the gym, and I talk to my friends, and I see too much struggle and strain and not enough fun! It seems like so many people want to cram a year's worth of positive changes into one 90 minute cardio-pump class. At the same time they are trying to drastically restrict their calories enough to lose 20 pounds in 20 days. Perhaps what Im saying here is nothing new. It's just another way of saying, "Lifestyle Change". But wouldn't you agree that "Lifestyle Change" has become synonymous with, "No more fun, ever"? I am having fun. I insist on it, and I am not perfect. I love my workouts so I don't miss them, most of the time. I genuinely enjoy the foods I eat, and I get full without overeating, most of the time. The result is that every day I get a little bit closer to the ideal me I hold in my mind, and I'm having the time of my life.