Last summer I met Janet. She came along to a couch to 5K class I was running and I got to say…she is a bloody star! Over the last few years she has changed her eating habits and lost over 10 and a half stone (nearly 70kg!!!). She is also the major player in the private Facebook group we have to help support people change their diets and eat healthier.
A few days ago, she wrote this for everyone, and with her permission, I’ve copied it here, because I think it is so helpful and inspiring. I wish I could put things into words like she can…Take it away Janet!
Hi folks – yesterday Cerin asked me what had I changed about my diet in order to lose weight. Obviously diet changes played a huge part in it and a desire to get fitter but it is also a change in how I think about food. A mental change. This is not a perfect way of thinking, it doesn’t happen 100% of the time, as some days your mood affects your thinking massively- especially ladies and hormones.
The biggest mental change I have made is about feeling deprived. You can’t have the cake, you shouldn’t have the cake or you CHOOSE not to have the cake (substitute cake for anything not a healthier choice). Once I got my head around the fact it was choice – not depriving myself it all became clearer and easier to do. Some days the choice is I’m having it but most of the time it’s a choice I’m not because the choice won’t get me want I want in the long run.
This took about 2 months into my serious diet changes to get my head around . In very simple thinking – what I wanted i.e. the weight loss/getting fitter – was more important than the taste of the cake which would last only a few minutes. I try and apply this everyday and still go out with friends for meals and enjoy a gin or two.
When faced with a menu a vegetarian only chooses from the veggie section of a menu. They don’t feel deprived of the whole menu as the choices on the other part are not what they want to eat. I apply that thinking to healthier choices on the menu. I pick the 3 or 4 that look the healthiest and just make a choice from them. I don’t look at the things that are not the healthiest choice I focus on the things that are healthier then what I would like from them. And yes I have chips at times and occasionally a creme brulee or sticky toffee pudd but because the majority of the time I apply the “choice” not depriving rule it doesn’t make a huge difference.
If you have got to the end well done 🤪 I didn’t mean it to be so long but I hope it explains it a bit.
Basically my end goal is in my head all the time and affects the choices I make most of the time – not perfect but it’s worked so far. Hope it helps ❤