- I abandoned all my healthy routines for every rule, trick and tip I came across
- Instead of blaming my method, I blamed myself
- Until I learned The 10 Principles that make losing weight easy, fast, forever and FREE!
For the last 15 years food and weight have been a non-issue… something I never thought possible.
It All Started When I Was 13
During the summer between Grade 8 and going to high school my family went on a road trip. When we got home I realized my clothes were a little tight. Rather than recognize the weight gain was due to sitting in a car and eating almost every meal out for over a month, I decided to throw myself into this ‘project’ with the same dedication I put into everything else.
I became obsessed with anything that had to do with dieting because I thought each bit of information I was gathering was part of a larger, comprehensive approach. In an effort to piece it all together and speed up the process I incorporated as many of the diet ideas I came across as quickly as I could – and there was no shortage of advice out there!
And from this diet information overload, only one thing became clear: Reaching and maintaining a healthy weight was a mystery – one that involved:
- Will power
- & Taking extreme measures
So without having a clue what I was doing, I abandoned all of the healthy routines I had around eating – routines I had learned and lived with for the first thirteen years of my life – in exchange for every rule, trick and tip that I came across. And together, these disjointed instructions around ‘what to eat’ turned into self-defeating behaviors and then engrained bad habits – all of which lead to even greater confusion and weight gain.
As time marched on I became convinced I had a slow metabolism and being fat was my lot in life. I was sure I couldn’t eat the same things as everybody else. So I never considered taking cues from all the kids around me who were exercising much less, eating way more and were the healthy weight I wanted to be.
Without realizing, I had all the wrong information and ran with it.
But instead of blaming my method, I blamed myself.
I was worried I was losing my ability to be determined and disciplined – things that had always defined me.
And this made me feel ashamed of myself and led to secrecy and guilt.
So I never talked to anybody about it.
I had no idea everything I was doing was working against me and setting me up to fail.
I was prepared to make every sacrifice, exercise all the will power I could pull together and go to any extreme to lose weight. But the harder I tried, the worse things became.
All I needed to do was redirect my energy with the right information.
Finally, around my first year of university (and over the five years that followed) I started to discover, through trial and error and all different sources, a few things that made losing weight EASY, FAST, FOREVER and FREE – so I could focus on everything else.
And I did!
Suddenly I had all this time and space to put towards something productive rather than being preoccupied by trying to lose weight.
But not too long ago, I started seeing all the magazine covers, newspaper articles and advertisements about weight loss in a new light… And I began over-hearing friends, family, colleagues and strangers on the street, talk about trying to lose weight. I started to see the old me in other people.
And it reminded me of how complicated I made the simple task of losing weight.
I felt so frustrated!!!
I had to do something about it.
So I began writing down the things that helped me and realized they all fell under one of 10 principles that fit together chronologically to create a comprehensive approach to reaching and maintaining a healthy weight – easily.
And I am desperate to share what I learned because: No matter how much, how long or how wrong you’ve been trying to lose weight the solution is the same, and it’s simple!
The best way to keep the information free was to set up a website to explain The 10 Principles.
Each principle is introduced with 10 corresponding Lessons I Learned that apply the principle to everyday situations so that you learn each principle through real-life examples. And by registering to begin your progress is bookmarked.
Thanks for reading my story.
Sharing what I learned makes those 10 years worth it!
By Kelly of the10principles.com