How Many Times Have You Restarted Your Diet?

I’m 55 years old and have probably started a new diet every Monday for the last 35 years. That’s approximately 1,820 failures or as I choose to think about it… new beginnings. How many times have you restarted your diet? What is the key to success? Why have few women succeeded and so many not? And how do I get myself out of the “not” group and into the success group?

Foot on Bathroom Scale

I met with a nutritionist yesterday and have set up scheduled exercise times with a personal trainer. I’m starting a new lifestyle. I honestly woke up a couple of weeks ago and thought “what if I put the same amount of energy, planning and stick-to-it-iveness to my health as I do my blog?”  I may have to give up some of my much-loved blog topics and write about the struggle I have with my weight, but if it helps me and at least one other person accomplish a weight-loss goal, I will feel so rewarded.

Fresh Vegetables

But, won’t this just be another boring blog about weight-loss? And, how embarrassing if I write that I am once again restarting a diet, to only give up in a few days? Well, after an hour of discussing my personal struggles with a nutritionist, we have come up with this plan. I am easing into a new healthy lifestyle – not going on a diet.

I am starting with only 4 goals:

  1. Increase my water intake to 4 cups/day. (I hate water!)
  2. Snack twice a day with a carb/protein – if I’m hungry.
  3. Measure 5 oz of wine with dinner, if I choose to have wine.
  4. I will use the visual plate method instead of counting calories.

For those who’ve never tried the plate method, measure your dinner plate and if it’s larger than 9 inches, use a salad plate for your meals. Dinner plates have increased in size over the last decade or so and as such we are eating more without being aware of it.

Restarting Your Diet

1/4 of my plate will be grilled/broiled or baked protein, 1/4 carbohydrates and the other 1/2 green vegetables. Dessert will include fruit.


Balanced Snack

I am rewarding myself with 2 miniature pieces of dark chocolate with fruit and nuts as a dessert each night. I’m feeling healthier already!

Please share your personal struggles in the comments and how you have made it over those seemingly-impossible hurdles. Do you need a partner for encouragement? If so, leave a comment and we will motivate each other.

Wishing you the most success you’ve ever had with your weight loss goal! For me, I’m just hoping not to start over again on Monday!

5 thoughts on “How Many Times Have You Restarted Your Diet?

  1. I know exactly how you feel! I have started ‘Trim Healthy Mama’ (about two weeks in) and feeling better already. Age (58), no hormones (surgical menopause in my late 30’s), a little cancer battle, and the desire to not have any attention, have been my excuses in the past. I am surrounded by beautiful women, and finally realized that the most beautiful thing about them is what is shining from the inside. Wishing you every success, and know that in my eyes, you are already beautiful!

  2. Oh Kim, I think we are sisters in this department. I too have struggled most my adult life with weight. I just love to eat. However, I have lost 25 lbs since March 1st, and have 25 more to go to get to my goal. My way is probably not the healthiest way but I got to the point that it is either this way or be unhealthy with 50 lbs over a good manageable weight for me. I go to Eastern Shore Weight Loss with Dr. Snellgrove. I take a prescription appetite suppressant and get a vitamin shot every week; once a month is weigh in for a new 30 day RX and 4 weeks of shots. You almost have to make yourself eat but when I do, I try to keep healthy eating – lots of kale salads from Publix! 5 months is a good slow weight loss for 25 lbs. So I am hoping it is only 5 months for the next 25! I still occasionally eat my beloved cookies but its not near the craving I had for them before. A lot of people don’t like the sound of diet pills but they are the only thing that works for me to get control. Good luck – your healthy eating plan sounds wonderful; I wish I had enough willpower to do it without something suppressing my appetite! Next thing is to start walking again when this heat goes away. If you need an exercise buddy, I am looking for one! Take care, Becky

  3. Well, this “new beginning” seems to make a lot of sense and I am proud of you for all the effort you are putting forth. Just don’t forget that, even though you have not yet reached the weight you desire, you are still beautiful, dress stylishly and have so much talent (this blog just being one). Hang in there, my love.

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