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Learning the hard way

The challenge? Thirty health-related posts in 30 days, using prompts prepared by the folks at WEGO Health.

Day Seventeen: Learned the Hard Way. What’s a lesson you learned the hard way? Write about it for 15 today.

What lesson haven’t I learned the hard way? It seems as if I’m constantly re-learning the basics of weight loss. Time and again, I conveniently “forget” what works and have to rediscover it — sometimes months later.

Some examples:

Tracking or food journaling. I did this religiously when I started Atkins the first time … and lost weight. Same thing happened when I started Weight Watchers. Still, I go through periods where I fight against the need to write down every bite — even though I know it works.

The joy of exercise. Pre-Atkins, I didn’t do a whole heck of a lot of exercise. A few months in, I started riding an exercise bike and working out to Denise Austin’s early-morning Lifetime show. A few months after that, I joined a gym and started taking all kinds of classes — step aerobics, spinning, weight training, yoga. You name it, I probably took a class for it. Sometimes I went to the gym more than once a day. (Egads!) Then I had to let my gym membership go for financial reasons and started to spend every spare minute writing. Exercise fell by the wayside, except for the occasional walk … until a few weeks ago, when I signed up for Best Body Bootcamp and rediscovered exercise makes me feel good.

I think the reason I rage against what I know works is that I’m still hoping for a quick fix … that magic pill. How many people wouldn’t love to have a great body without work?

But that’s never going to happen for me. As much as I wish it were otherwise, I have to watch my diet and I have to exercise.

I suspect it’s the same for everyone — even the folks I look at and find myself wishing to be more like them. It’s hard to remember that even seemingly “perfect” people may have struggled with their weight at one time.

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This entry was posted on April 17, 2012 by in Health Activist Writer's Month, Introspection and tagged , , .

Losing weight is easy …

... if you're in a coma, maybe. Most of us have to work at it — every day and every minute. It's not easy to make the right choices, to drink water instead of (diet) soda, pick the grilled chicken sandwich instead of a burger or choose to get up and get moving instead of lounging around in bed. After too many months of making the wrong choices under the guise of dabbling with paleo eating, I've re-joined Weight Watchers (online). My choices may no longer be low-carb or Whole30 or paleo, but the concept is the same: I'm still getting closer to my goal weight one choice at a time.

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