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Weight management is not all sunshine & rainbows

By May 4, 2017March 17th, 201952 Thoughts for the Chronic Dieter

A while back I had a wonderful experience with a client that was so good I had to share.

But we all know weight management is not all sunshine and rainbows, and ignoring the whole story is actually part of the problem when it comes to weight management, so I wanted to share another client story with you too – let’s call her “Sarah” – here’s what she emailed me:

“I have always had a sweet tooth and find great comfort in food for all sorts of reasons.  I eat when I am bored, tired, sad, happy, watching TV etc.  There is no OFF switch.  I never feel full and I never feel hungry.  I have tried every diet under the sun.  I longest I have lasted is about 3 months.  I lost about 16kg which was great and I loved the comments that were made but then I went on a cruise and put some back on, and then a bit more, until I was back to my old weight eating the same rubbish again.  Once I have that first bite I am hooked and there is no going back.

I have since tried to lose weight but have only managed to lose a few kilos here and there.  I am really just sick of depriving myself all the time. I really do feel that I am missing out on something when I am “dieting”.  I don’t eat badly: I generally eat three good meals a day and rarely have dessert. I just got to the point where I couldn’t face having a salad or vegies cause that seemed to be all that I was eating.  I guess it just lacked variety and taste. 

I don’t know.  It is really the extras that are the problem I think.  It is nothing for me to eat (in one session) a whole family block of chocolate or a whole packet of TV snacks (impressive hey, can’t believe I have just admitted to that).  I seem to spend a lot of time thinking about what I can’t eat and once I have one I eat the lot.  I drink a lot of diet coke and I know I shouldn’t.  I am not a big fan of water but am not game to drink anything else because it will add weight.

I vowed earlier this year that I wouldn’t go on another diet but here I am again unhappy with my appearance, being told by the doctor to lose weight.”

So why do I want to share Sarah’s (seemingly negative) story with you?

Because this story (or some version of it) is one I hear everyday, and I want you to know you are not alone.  If the struggle of alternating between dieting and bingeing struck a chord with you, you are not alone.  If you feel trapped in habits you can’t seem to change, you are not alone.  If you want to be healthier, but are confused as to how you will actually get there, you are not alone.  I want you to feel normal, to feel ok, and to have compassion for yourself as you work your way through to the other side.  After all, the self-criticism that goes with the struggle never really helps, does it?  And, finally, I want you to know that if this story resonated with you, you’re in the right place, and I’m here for you…

Finding your way out of the murky swamp of dieting and into clearer waters is too complex for just one email/blog, so I’m going to write a series of emails over the next few weeks to help you understand these struggles, find a way through them that is right for you, and eventually free yourself of them forever…

I’ll talk with you soon 🙂

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