• There’s a certain satisfaction in knowing you are able to muster up the will power to face a challenge and in managing to stick to your guns, not matter what other people’s opinions are. My mum, always a source of wisdom and insight, saw it as an exercise in character building.
  • Do a lot of research before making any change. You need to understand what you’re doing, you need to read about the pros AND the cons, you need to be prepared. To check if you’re appropriately informed, try to imagine how you’d answer questions from your family and friends. I can assure you that there will be many, many questions. You need to know how to answer these questions for your own good. Be careful where you get your information from though, reliable sources are a must. Don’t get opinions, get facts. Just to give you one example – you will find many people warning you against a low carb diet stating that once you revert back (i.e. once you start bingeing again) you will regain the weight. Well, just to put it mildly – duh. If you’re not sure about what you’re doing, if you don’t really understand it, then it will be so much more tempting to give up.
  • This leads to another very important point: this exercise will make you very mindful of what you’re eating. You’re no longer stuffing food into your mouth just as a task to satisfy your hunger or your boredom – now you know what you’re doing and can appreciate it all the more. My friend Davinia wrote an interesting blog post on her take on this topic here.
  • This neatly fits in with my next point: consider that this lifestyle may not be suitable for you. I know some people who feel extremely energetic after they eat a huge plate of pasta, whereas some of us need to lie down for a while and are definitely not up for exercising immediately following a high carb meal. Others follow a medium to high carb diet, but tend to avoid carbs after 6pm and they feel fine. Others seem to simply exist on sugars and they are slim and energetic and feel super. Listen to your body, try different things out and give them time and patience before you decide what suits your body and lifestyle most.
  • Enrol a friend. You both need support and this is a great way to make it fun!! Share tips, recipes, frustrations and experiences; wave off foods you’re avoiding together at parties. It will make the waiters think you’ve got some telepathic communication going on.
  • You’re cutting down on a bunch of foods you used to enjoy. So it stands to reason that you’ll need a whole new repertoire. Experiment, discover and try out new things – otherwise you will be bored pretty quickly. This is a lifestyle change, not a quick fix or a drastic measure, make it fun!

4 Comments

  1. Posted August 26, 2011 at 12:28 pm | Permalink

    I agree with your mum completely on it being a character-building exercise. You make some very interesting points here and I’m proud of you for sticking to your guns for so long 🙂

    Thanks for the pingback xx

    • Posted August 27, 2011 at 4:05 am | Permalink

      I hadn’t thought of it that way, until mum pointed it out. I’m proud of *myself* to be honest, because I previously thought I wouldn’t be capable of doing this. Seems like I still have the stamina and will power for much more than I thought 😀 Thank you for following!

      And you’re welcome re the pingback, more coming up actually! xx

  2. Sharon Attard
    Posted August 26, 2011 at 3:32 pm | Permalink

    I’m really proud of you Mizzie 🙂 You well and truly can do anything you stick your mind to xxxxxx

    • Posted August 27, 2011 at 4:06 am | Permalink

      I’m quite pleased with myself and writing about it has helped too. Thank you for following my saga 😉 and for being such a supportive friend in general xx

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