As I went through my spring cleaning frenzy over the last few weeks, I found a few of my old diet weight loss plans I have tried over the years: Weight Watchers, Atkins, Body for Life, and LA Weight Loss. More recently, I can add the 21-Day Fix, Keto, Whole 30, 3-Day Refresh, Whole 30, and Shakeology to my list. Oh…and I can’t forget the cabbage soup diet I tried “back in the day”!
I’ve barely touched the surface of what was in vogue in the past and what’s in vogue today. And more importantly, when will I ever stop this madness that I think there is a magic solution to weight loss?
The ironic thing is that I have seen some results trying each and every one of these weight loss methods. The truth, however, is that I give up after a week or two and resort to mindless eating and to my old habits. I then go through the cycle of waking up on a Monday morning and telling myself “today is the day that I am going to stick with XYZ weight loss plan”. And I start all over again.
I don’t like reflecting on the fact that weight loss has been on my mind for at least 35 years. 35 years! Think about that for a minute. As much as I believe in changing oneself, I don’t like thinking that for 35 years I have felt that I am not good enough, not skinny enough, or not perfect enough. My head hurts just thinking about it. My heart hurts even more.
Is body shaming a part of it? Is the public image of the perfect runway model a part of it? Is it something in my childhood that makes me think that I am less than perfect? Is it the high school athlete in me that can no longer run a 7.5-minute mile (hey, that was good for me!) or speed down the track in a 100-yard-dash? Is it my college boyfriend questioning my decision to eat a piece of apple pie? (and did I really need the ice cream too?!)
Don’t take this as a negative discussion on weight loss plans, but rather take this post as a reminder that YOU ARE ENOUGH. Do what you feel you want to do or need to do, but do it loving yourself. Do it with a smile on your face and even a bigger smile in your heart.
Be flexible and try new fitness challenges and nutrition plans that you find interesting. Change is the spice of life!
Don’t feel like a failure if you get derailed with your plans or goals.
Get up, brush yourself off, and try, try again! YOU are what is in vogue today and YOU ARE ENOUGH!
Lisé Freking is our resident Warehouse member blog writer. When she isn’t in the “member trenches” in Zumba, Bootcamp, Insanity, Tank Top Arms and more, Lisé enjoys time with her husband and their three children. Lisé has been involved in sports as long as she can remember: tennis, swimming, track (including shot and discus) and softball. Most recently, in addition to Warehouse classes, Lisé enjoys at least one good mud run obstacle course challenge a year! Lisé also enjoys a hot beach, a good book, and a cold drink in her spare time. She earned her undergraduate degrees in Journalism and Spanish at the University of Wisconsin-Madison (Go Badgers!) and her law degree from the John Marshall Law School in Chicago.