I had thought of writing this note about the elements of a successful weight loss program, then I thought -“wait, what is success in the first place?”
Of coarse for all of us this may mean different things – but what most everyone agrees upon is that we want to be at a weight that makes us feel and look our best. So, what does feeling our best mean? In my mind it’s about having energy, vitality, engagement in life, feeling satisfied and happy with who we are, and at the heart of it all – avoiding preventable disease and illness.
How about looking our best? This is first and foremost about our individual self-esteem and personal body image. But speaking strictly of successful weight loss, one easy indicator is: how do my clothes fit? For me it was my waistline – needing to keep my skirt or pants unbuttoned, opting for elastic and lots of s-t-r-e-t-c-h fabrics, not feeling comfortable in many of my cute clothes because they were too tight around the middle (this jelly-belly/muffin top phenomena was because I was having too much sugar and my pancreas was working overtime putting out insulin causing fat to be stored around my waist – “central obesity” is the term). Having a thinner waist is definitely a good marker for me. How about for you? What does “looking and feeling my best” mean to you as it relates to an ideal weight?
Success in weight loss, though, can only truly be measured in sustainability. Once I’ve been successful in losing weight can I keep it off? Any of us who have tried to lose a little or a lot of weight know how disappointing it is regain the weight we worked so hard to lose. The diet Yo-Yo is very tough.
We’ll be looking at this vast arena of successful weight loss over the next few months, sharing lots of information and tools for you to be successful in this and many areas of life.