I’ll Do It My Way (and you should do it your way)

pizzaOver at the FoodFoodBodyBody blog, Foodie McBody has a post about eating an amazing slice of pizza after deliberating about it for a quite a while. Bottom line, she ate it, she enjoyed it, and she stayed within the boundaries of her health and fitness plan.

In the comments section, there was everything from “I could never eat pizza or anything else not on my healthy list” to me, who eats pizza at least once a week. A slice of heaven pizza is only 6 points, although, living here in NY, I usually count it as 8 on Weight Watchers. I fit it in to my points or I use weekly points. I can also stick to one slice, maybe 1 and a 1/2  if I’m particularly hungry.

The point is there is no one way to do the diet/exercise thing right. What’s most important is finding the way that works for you.

There are definitely foods that I can’t have in the house because I have no control, like Tollhouse Chocolate Chip cookies or potato chips and any kind of dip. There’s no stopping once I start. So I reserve those things for parties where the environment is somewhat more controlled and if I eat more than I should, I can’t continue the feast when I leave.

But I also know from previous diet starts and stops that to succeed, I need to be able to eat some of my old-time favorites with the new foods that I enjoy.

As I’ve proceeded on this journey, my tastes have changed along with my weight. In the beginning, I never didn’t have 100-calorie Hostess cupcakes in the house because if I needed a chocolate fix, that’s what I wanted. Now I don’t buy them regularly and I’m more likely to turn to a Kashi bar or cocoa-roasted almonds. However, that’s not to say I don’t have an occasional chocolate bar or get my hostess cupcakes once in a while. Those are foods that I can eat a portion of and then get back on track.

Following Weight Watchers has allowed me to continue to eat all kinds of food and lose weight without feeling deprived. I tried Jenny Craig once and lasted a week. I did Atkins for about 3 months. Those didn’t work for me but I know they work magic for other people.

With exercise, it’s the same thing. Some folks walk, some run, some Zumba, I triathlon.

It doesn’t matter what path you choose as long as you enjoy it and it’s something you will get up and go do on a daily or every-other-day basis. And you can always add/change it up as you go too.

There is tons of advice on how to diet and how to exercise to lose weight. But not all of those things work for everyone.

I’ve said this before and I’ll say it again because it is the one thing I have truly learned on my fitness journey this time: You can read all the advice and listen to all the experts but if you don’t like what they are telling you to do or you feel like you can’t stick to a program, it isn’t going to work for you. You have to experiment with different foods/exercises, find programs that you can stick to and do that.

Maybe it’s because we get so sucked in by the media and advertising about all of the diet claims that our weights go up and down so often. We can all lose weight on a program we can stick to temporarily, but can we keep it off when we can’t stick with that program anymore?

This time, I’ve taken it slow and steady and I know the changes I’m making will last a lifetime because guess what? I can still eat pizza!

7 responses to this post.

  1. This is such a wise post! (and not because you linked to mine, LOL) But I truly think you hit the nail on the head: in order to have success, you MUST do it in a way that works for you. Which is also why I think that Weight Watchers can work for so many people – they don’t tell you what to eat. There’s a LOT of room for self-designing a program, for keeping certain things off the table (no pun) and other things not. I think you’re going to have awesome success!! (and, thanks for the shout-out!)


    • Glad you don’t mind that I pulled from your post! I’ve been dieting/not dieting almost all of my adult life but it’s taken me until now to figure out something that actually can work long-term for me because I spent so much time trying to shoehorn myself into diets I couldn’t stick with! Now I’m on an eating plan that works for me (for over a year now). I enjoy my food more now and I love the way I feel! I agree, Weight Watchers gives you the guidelines but then leaves the flexibility up to us!


  2. Posted by onelittlejill on August 5, 2009 at 12:44 am

    Deprivation of foods leads to failure. I am a firm believer you should never cut out any food, especially one you love. Instead…moderate that food.

    Great post!


  3. I’m sure you can work pizza (or whatever) into a weight loss program, but unfortunately not into a healing program like mine. Yet, the more I immerse myself in the abundance of my diet, the less these things tempt me, even though I still regard myself as being in a transition from one lifestyle to the next.


  4. You’ve written a great post!

    I couldn’t agree with you more. I allow myself at least once a week a snack that I like, usually its chips on Saturday night because I like it so much and every two weeks I make a dessert on Sunday at which I never look how many calories it has. It’s dessert!

    The last few weeks I’m not on a diet (stopped WW) but just eat normally, try to exercise 5 times a week and this feels good for me. And guess what: my weight is slowly going down so it seems this is working for me!


  5. Great post and I totally agree. What works for one person may or may not work for another. The key is to determine what works for you, the individual.

    I abhor when folks state they don’t eat after a certain at time at night, and everyone should do that. Why? I always ask. Just because that is what you do doesn’t mean I should as well. I know what works for me, and starving myself after 7 pm is not going to work. I’ll just be cranky, hungry, and when I finally do eat something it is not something that is healthy or satisfying. Therefore, let me work my eating habits in the manner in which I see fit and you do yours for you.


  6. i think at the end of the day it still comes down to healthy eating and putting some effort into exercise and keeping on the go but you raise some exellent points of view


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