14 February 2007

If control is the issue

As I said last week, I am back on the diet and exercise pony, trying to drop a pesky 3 or 4 kilo that I have picked up this last year. It's not a lot of weight, and probably won't take a really long time, but doing it again has got me having some of the same thoughts I had last year when I dropped between 8 and 9 kilo and went from being fat to being healthy.

If you listen to enough people talk, you'd think losing weight is really, really hard and only the most skilled people can do it. Well, it's not true. The truth is losing weight is really easy, it's controlling what you eat that's hard. When you start counting up your calories for a day and try to hit a reasonable goal — for me right now, it's between 1,900 and 2,000, it's ridiculous how much less food that is than you would eat on a normal day. On a normal day if I didn't pay attention to what I ate, I would probably put away between 2,500 and 2,600 calories, without even thinking about it. Overeating is really, really easy.

So getting a handle on that is hard, I think, but really rewarding because you start to be less controlled by what you want and when you want it and you start to control your desires a little bit. You don't eat a cookie because you choose not to. It's empowering. And then you start losing weight and your pants get a little bigger and you start feeling better. It's a great little cycle.

I encourage you to give it a shot.