When I asked how people felt about the word diet, there were lots of mixed emotions brought up when they shared their feelings. Some good, some bad - you can see how it all depends on their personal perspective.
Have you had the same experiences? Similar? Something completely different? I'd love to hear. Take a read and see what comes up for you.
“I’ve dieted for what feels continuously starting from the age of 14. I’m done with it. I’ve never felt successful. I don’t feel good in my body now so why would I ever try it again?”
“I’ve likely spent more money and more energy in “dieting” than any other hobby and I’ve had far less satisfaction.”
“I always attempt dieting but theres always something or someone out to sabotage me. If it’s not all the junk food at work, then it’s my spouse declaring Pizza Night. I give up. It’s always a lonely trip.”
“I was taught from a young age that if I wasn’t skinny and pretty, life would be hard for me. I think I wasted a lot of my younger years on striving for this perfection that never occurred. When I let go of that belief, I lost the excess weight naturally. It didn’t happen overnight. It was a definite long process, but it happened through taking care of myself, trusting my coach and being patient.”
“I’ve tried virtually every diet - let’s compare notes lol - and even so I don’t think it’s a bad word. Ultimately I’m responsible for my own feelings and for how I take care of my body. Have I learned something from each diet? Absolutely. Am I where I want to be in my body? Not yet, but I’ve learned that really it’s a journey. It’s not like once you “get there” you stay there forever. It’s about all the little habits that you built up on that journey that are now second nature. Support has been the best gift to myself. Everyone deserves to be happy in their bodies. We only get one.”
“I used to struggle with weight loss and maintaining it. I spent a year focusing on myself and really identifying my buffering mechanisms. Once I minimized tv (especially commercials - I pay extra for the no commercial option!) and my exposure to CNN (constantly negative news) or other “shock” news, I felt like I was more in control of my own emotions. And once I was in control of my own thoughts and emotions, it became easier and more natural to make more informed choices while eating. I was eating for fuel and not to stuff my emotions.”
“If Amazon came out with a DIET, millions would purchase it. We want it same day - maybe 2 days. Anything taking longer than 2 days is not worth the energy. You know I’m being majorly sarcastic, right? The real hidden benefit and what diets should be celebrated for is what you learn about yourself in the process. If you got lean, strong and confident in just 2 days - you would never learn any lessons from it. You would still be unhappy with your life. Just skinnier.”
“Diet is just a word. Why give all that power to a word. But that’s just me.”
The last 2 excerpts are by far my favorites and most closely tie in with my own beliefs and feelings about the word diet. In part 3 I’ll wrap it all up and share my opinion also.
What do you think about the above statements?