I get asked all the time “how did you lose the weight”? Although I went with a commercial diet program, the truth is it doesn’t really matter what diet I used. I am convinced that it is 100% mental. I had been on every diet known to man, but this time I was really ready. I made a deal with myself that I would do this diet for one month, without cheating, not once. After that I would do something different if I felt like this diet was not for me. The first 3 days were horrible. My stomach was sloshing with so much acid. My body was prepared to digest lots of food and I wasn’t delivering. The large amount of acid in my stomach made me sick. When my body finally adjusted it was still difficult, but not debilitating. At the end of the first week I had lost 12 pounds and this motivated me to keep going. 12 pounds is nothing when I needed to lose well over a 100 lbs., but it was a great start. At the end of the month I had lost 22lbs. The key to being successful was the not cheating for one month. They say 21 days makes a habit. This is paramount.
Training my mind and body to be in sync was not easy. Eating only when I was hungry was the first hurdle. Occupying my mind with reading helped to curb the emotional eating. It took months but with lots of practice I figured out what worked for me.
My biggest challenge was my lack of drive when it came to exercise. I was like everybody else with an excuse. When I made the decision to follow it through to the finish it was a relief. I am not saying that I don’t have days where I cheat, I do, but I always get right back on. I eat healthy many more days than I do not, and I have taken up running. I started a reward system for myself. Every time I lose 25 pounds I buy myself a gift. This keeps it fun and is motivational.
One of my proudest moments was stepping on the scale at the Beverly Hills Hotel when I was in LA for a visit. I had lost 100 pounds. I went straight over to Rodeo Drive and bought a pair of Gucci shoes that I had fallen in love with the day before. I call them the “I lost 100 lbs Gucci shoes”. When I wear them I remember how far I have come. There have been highs and lows in this process, but I wouldn’t trade any of it! The journey has made me who I am now. I remind myself when I am struggling that if it’s a goal worth attaining, it is worth fighting for – This is what dreams are made of. There is nothing I can’t do!