Like you, I had been a dieter for way too long. Notice I say, had been.
As a woman, my innate desire to put everything and everyone first was the norm, because this is what women do, right?
For me, this resulted in burnt out. I'd been working way too hard, eating all of the wrong foods, not exercising enough, and I was overweight. And this had been a pattern of mine for many years. I needed to make a change.
In my mid-20s I'd lost weight once eating whatever I wanted (not whenever I wanted or in whatever quantities I wanted; there's a subtle difference here) and this has always stuck in the back of my mind. I knew it was possible. What I'd also learned around that time, as part of my work in Psychotherapy, was the importance of processing feelings in a safe way when emotional issues arose. This resulted in me becoming more secure within myself and going on to create a life I'd never dreamed was possible.
For many years my intuition was telling me that combining these two things I'd learned, would be my answer to freeing myself from my life as a yo-yo dieter. And of course, my gut was right.
My journey began slowly. I started this blog. I'd lost a few kilograms, and I started studying material that backed up my thinking. I began practicing these two strategies on a daily basis.
Fast forward to November 2019 and I'm super-proud to be feeling so good having lost weight and kept it off. I'm practicing yoga every day, walking as often as I can, and working way less. Finally, I am making my health and well-being a priority.
This journey has been slow for me - very slow. But, I know that is the reason I have been able to keep the weight off. One of the issues I have been dealing with throughout this process was my belief that being fat would keep me safe. I became consciously aware of this issue a number of years ago, and once I did, I knew that facing my feelings in relation to this belief was the only way to resolve it. Taking my weightloss journey slowly has enabled me to address this, and adapt to my new body as I lose the weight.
I'm not a health professional nor am I a nutritionist, counsellor or therapist; I have however trained as a coach. I'm a regular woman, just like anyone else who wants to improve her health. Please do your own research, and consult with your physician if you feel you need to before starting any weight loss regime. If you have any psychological issues you need help with, please seek out a therapist or counsellor.