A Small Collection of Dieting Tips, Wisdom, and Advice That Have Helped Me
You Are Not Alone
All my life I've been overweight--okay, fat. This has caused me numerous problems from being bullied at school to a near-crippling depression that at times has threatened to consume me. The obvious answer would be to just quit overeating, but as food is like a drug to me I have found it to be near impossible to stay on any diets for very long. The worst part of being fat though is not the depression--it's that when I look at myself in the mirror I hate the person staring back at me. I hate me. Life is very hard when you hate yourself because you can't do anything right and compliments become meaningless.
And yet I have learned throughout my life a few bits of advice that I've tried to collect here and there. I like to read over this collected wisdom when things get particularly difficult and try to use my past to give me the strength to continue. This article contains 25 of those tips I've collected and the hope is that other people in similar situations will read this and it will give them some comfort. I have also found that knowing that you are not alone in your struggle is helpful, especially during times when you feel at your loneliest.
#1: Never give up and don’t ever have any regrets. #2: You are beautiful. #3: Exercise. Thirty minutes a day is fine, but you must do it every day.
#4: Smile. This will make people like you no matter what. #5: Smile. This will make you like yourself no matter what.
#6: ‘No pain, no gain’ is not always true. If it is too strenuous you may always dread doing it, and put it off until you finally give it up entirely. #7: You determine your worth—nobody else does. #8: Everybody is just trying to do the best they can with what the have. Just do your own best. #9: Set feasible goals. Don’t overreach. Overreaching will only get you disappointed in the end.
#10: Dieting is hard—reward yourself often. #11: Eat smaller meals, but more of them. #12: Eat smarter, not smaller. #13: Class II Diabetes kills a whole more people a year than you think. #14: Never dine out; you’ll always end up with more calories than had been intended.
#15: Fad diets go out of style quickly. The weight you lose comes back even quicker. #16: If you don’t want to diet, become a body-builder. Muscle burns calories. #17: Diet for yourself, not for anyone else. #18: Find our what’s eating you. If you begin a diet but never solve your underlying problems, the weight won’t stay off very long.
#19: You don’t have to join ‘Weight Watchers’, but you should have friends who will encourage you and give you the emotional strength that you need. #20: Things are not always as they seem. Meals are getting larger, but the serving sizes are not. An average meal can easily equal two or three dietary portions. #21: Losing ten pounds in two weeks is excellent; losing twenty pounds in four weeks is scary. Don’t overdo it.
#22: Savor food as you would a sunset. #23: Eat more, but eat less. Eat things that are bulky and full of fiber, but lacking in calories. #24: Talk to your physician, they want to feel needed too. #25: If you get off the proverbial dietary wagon, there will always be another wagon waiting for you the next day.
You Are A Star
I always look to the heavens for hope--even though in the city there are no stars in the sky--as the night sky is just about the only thing that feels lonelier than myself. The thing about the city lights is that they make the sky so desolate and empty when the reality is that the sky is filled with stars--millions of them! You are like that sky: no matter what you may look like on the outside, there is still a bright, fiery star on the inside yearning to break free.
I hope that this little website has helped you even a tiny bit in your own struggle to lose weight and realize that you are worth so much more than your physical appearance. If you have any comments or just need some support please don't hesitate to leave a comment below or contact me personally! Promise me though, that you won't stop staring at the night sky, as sometimes that's all we have.