I was having a chat with some Instagram peeps on their weight loss journey and some are going it alone, others are on weight watchers, some on slimming world, others lite ‘n easy, some have facebook support groups and some are helping each other out which is great. Then you get bombarded with crazy wraps, herbalife, shakeology and lots of other stuff, but you just ignore those.
So people post the food they are eating and the old food police in me wants to grab them and shake them!!!! I have to remind myself that they are on their own path and if they need my help they will come and ask for it.
One though was funny and there was a motivational poster where she was working out at the gym, reminding herself to drink her water and a few other things then in further posts she was showing the Ben and Jerry’s ice cream she was eating, cookies she was baking, pizza and cinnamon scrolls. And I am screaming to myself, “Nooooooooo!!!!” Oh dear. The quote comes to mind – ‘you can’t out exercise a bad diet.’
However she had lost some weight compared to where she was at the start, so good on her for that and all I can do is be encouraging and if she is stuck at some point she may look at my posts and learn something different to lose more.
Another one had plateaued in her quest and therefore was open to all kinds of information. She was really grateful that I was able to point out in her meals posting for the day, that she probably had about 100g carbs and so no wonder she had stalled in her weight loss. Of course I asked permission to give information in the first place, as unsolicited advice is just a pain in the ass!
Another one was now on weight watchers and again her lunch alone was about 30 carbs – again from my experience, not going to lose weight doing that. However in further discussions she advised that she tried a really low carb diet in the past and did lose lots of weight but put it all back on again because she couldn’t stick to it in the long haul. She preferred WW she said and the slow but steady progress she was making and felt that it was something she could keep up. I wished her well, gave her a cyber hug and a sprinkle of feel good dust and we were both satisfied that we were both on the right path, even though it differed.
And this is one of the points I wanted to make in this post, it doesn’t actually matter which method you use as long as you love it, it seems to work for you without too much effort, you’re happy, progressing, having fun, don’t feel like you are missing anything, you’re not going hungry and don’t have to work out like a maniac to support the quantity/type of food you eat (unless you want to work out like a maniac which is a whole other story.)
It doesn’t matter and there is no one right way.
For me, I don’t miss bread, pasta, sugar, alcohol or commercially made crackers, cakes, cookies, pastries, chocolate bars, ice-cream etc because I either make my own, still get the amazing taste and feel fantastic afterwards, or I am eating creamy coconut sauces on veges, eggs, avocado, raw chocolate and filling myself full of everything that still satisfies me, makes me feel amazing and keeps me at the weight I want to be.
I regard it as quite the miracle.
Did you know your miracle is just around the corner? Just follow the ‘feel good’ path; it leads you right there!