Operation Skinny Jeans: I am not on a diet

Thursday, March 28, 2013

I am not on a diet


In the last six months, I can not even tell you how many people have said “oh she can’t have __, she’s on a diet.” I just smile and nod, but I think it’s time to set the record straight. I am not on a diet.

I have been on many diets in my life, and none of them have been successful for me, long term. I have discovered that I don’t do well with depriving myself. The minute I tell myself I can’t have something, I want it, even if I didn’t want it before. I will tell myself “let’s try a low carb diet!” and I do pretty well for about two hours, then I start obsessing about the hot fresh French bread at the grocery store. Then I come up with some reason that we have to go to the grocery store that night to buy something (not bread). Then I smell the HFFB as soon as we get in the store, grab a loaf and eat half of it while walking around, and the other half on the drive home. This has happened. It’s not pretty.

So I realized that if I don’t put restrictions on myself, I don’t have that problem. I can have ice cream, and I do. I just have a serving of it, not a gallon. I don’t feel like I can’t have it, so I don’t obsess about it. It allows me to eat healthy but not feel deprived.

I may just be crazy and you might not have this problem, but I would 100% attribute this to my success.

So the next time someone says “she’s on a diet” about me (because they never say it to you…) I am going to say back “I’m not on a diet, I just stopped eating like shit.” This is not a temporary change. After a fixed point in time I am not going to “go back” to eating how I did because I don’t want to. When you eat bad, you feel bad, and I don’t want to feel that way anymore. I can eat ice cream and French bread in moderation because it’s about what I eat the other 90% of the time that counts.

So I compel you to stop dieting! Stop restricting yourself and make the decision to really change your lifestyle. I promise you will feel better :D

6 comments :

  1. I too have been on and off so many diets since I was 11. I am on a lifestyle change. That's what I say now.

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    1. That's a good way to say it. It doesn't involve curse words lol.

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  2. I get this all the time as well. I always correct people and say I'm not not a diet -- I've just made a lifestyle change. That usually puzzles most people because they have no concept of what healthy living means.

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  3. How about saying, 'I can eat a healthy portion of anything - and I do!'?

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    1. That's perfect! I am totally going to steal that! Do you mind??

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  4. "I am going to say back “I’m not on a diet, I just stopped eating like shit.” YES!!!! Lots of people just don't get it!

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