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Be honest with yourself when losing weight

Friday, June 3, 2011

In the process of losing weight, there is only one person who knows the reason for a regression in my journey to a healthier version of myself -- me.

Whether we want to admit it or not, we know why those pounds slowly came back, why the hours in the gym slowly turn into minutes, or even faded away completely. I know exactly why my eating has taken a turn for the unhealthy. The problem is that I don't want to admit that I know. If I keep denying the fact that I know what the hang-up is. I can keep convincing myself and others that "the pounds just came back and I don't know why."

Studies have shown that people who keep a journal of their food and exercise are more likely to be successful when trying to lose weight. The reason they are more successful is that they are honest with themselves. If they went out for some late-night ice cream, they wrote it down. If they drank three cans of soda, they wrote down each one. The belief is that by writing them down, you are forced to realize just what it is that you are putting into your body.

A few months ago, a co-worker began writing down what she was eating. She didn't change her eating habits just because she was writing it down. What she realized is that she sneaked a lot more than she thought she did. In the past, I myself have written my food intake down and realized just what it was that I was eating.

The problem, the reason my progress went south, is because I allowed myself to lie to myself. I would drink a can of soda and think to myself, "it's only one can, no big deal." Then I would leave it off the list. Before I knew it, I had completely stopped writing down what I was eating. As a result, I am disappointed to announce that I have begun to put some of the weight back on.

I am sorely disappointed in myself. I was within one pound of breaking into the 200s for the first time since I graduated high school in 2003. I allowed myself to no longer be held accountable for myself. I was sucked back into the habit of eating not-so-healthy options for dinner, skipping breakfast and drinking more soda. The result of this lapse has been a decrease in energy which has lead to a decrease in desire to exercise.

I hope that by reading this column, just one person can realize that something as simple as skipping a day in your daily food log can lead to a downward spiral in a hurry and throw away all the hard work that had been put in up to that point. Many people don't want to face the truth that only they know, but the only way to lose the weight ... and keep it off for good ... is to be honest to yourself. You only get one body in this lifetime, why treat it like it doesn't matter?

Weekly Walking Challenge -- As stated in last week's column, I set a goal to walk/run 20 miles in one week. I'm not sure if I met that goal, but I do know that I was close. I played a round of golf, push mowed two yards (which accounted for about eight miles) and went on a walk. I am going to stick with the 20-mile mark for this next week. I have a pedometer that I will start to carry with me so I can get a better idea of how much I'm walking.

Michael Pommier
The Shrinking Man