Hello to to my fellow bloggers, readers, curiosity seekers, and those passing through. I have so much to say and I feel like there is a connection between many of us from what I've been reading on some of the other blogs lately.
I am feeling like so many of you, confused about the "perfect" way to weight loss and more importantly good health. What is the one right answer? What is the easiest way? What will make the pounds fall off effortlessly? Is is the BFC? Maybe Wheat Belly? The Virgin diet? How about Paleo/Primal? Atkins? A combination? UGGHHHHHH!!! STOP THE INSANITY!!!!
I am an early adopter? A what? It's a term given to me by my daughter-in-law. She works in human resources and gives a sort of personality type test to new hires. I took the test and one of the descriptions shown by my test results is that I'm an early adopter. I took it to mean, I like to know what's new and trending and I'm open to a change in ideas from the standard way of thinking. I googled that term, and found this description from a marketing website. I'd say it's pretty accurate for me.
In comparison to other social
groups, early adopters are more likely to adopt a new product or
service comparatively earlier than other groups of consumers.
These studies also showed that early
adopters tend to be more likely to share information they have
gathered about a specific product or service with other members of their local reference groups.
Numerous studies have shown that early adopters are heavy users
of commercial, professional and interpersonal information sources.
They are more likely to disregard the
risks associated with new products or services.
Yep, that's me. I'm an early adopter! Always looking for the next best thing, a better way, a better answer.
I remember the first time I heard about the Belly Fat Cure. I was so excited. I ran out and bought the books, found the blogs and started right on the plan. It made and still makes sense to me. Cut the sugars way down and limit those carbs. But somewhere along the way, I didn't follow it so strict and then the fast track came out. That's what I need I thought. Cut the grains and the weight will drop off. I couldn't do without the grains for long, so back to a combination of both. Then I found Maria Emmerich's blog. She makes great sense, but no dairy and no grains. Not sure I can do that. I like my cheese and my butter. But wait there's a new guy in town. Dr Davis, and his book Wheat Belly has great ideas and wow, wheat could possible be the missing link to the puzzle of why it is so hard to lose weight. But he uses artificial sweeteners and doesn't care much about limiting the sugar. Is that the right way to go?
And then there are all those letters and testimonials by people for one program or the next and that just make me want to jump right on the wagon and do what they're doing. These peoples' lives have been dramatically changed almost overnight. They grab you and make you want to try and have the same overnight transformation to health and well being. They are an early adopters nightmare.
Well here's the deal. Here's what makes sense to me. Nothing is a one size fits all, because we are all different sizes. I don't mean that literally, but in the sense that our bodies are very complex machines. And they are all different Some of us may be like a hybrid car and some like an Italian race car. You can't put economy gas in the race car, and the hybrid doesn't need high performance tires. Both have engines, but they are so very different.They are designed to move, but move differently. They have different requirements for them to operate the way they are designed. And they come with manuals, and experts who tell you how to take care of them and what you need to do to have them function properly. These manuals come from the designers.
For us humans, first we have to figure out what type of car we are in terms of design and then we have to figure out what makes us function the best. Note I said WE HAVE TO FIGURE IT OUT! We don't come with a manual of instructions. That's where it gets tricky.
It's so unfortunate that we don't come with instruction and performance manuals based on our individual body and metabolism. We don't even know what we really are, so that's why it's hard to hit the right combination of what works on the first try. It takes many tries for most people. It's trial and error for us.
Some may get lucky and find the exact perfect way for them to reach their goal....like Rosalie. She happened upon what works for her. She does the same thing every day regarding her diet because she likes the way she eats and she knows it works for her. She doesn't count calories, but she has an instinct about what she should stay away from and she does that. That's her way of counting calories. Her body tells her, no butter on your popcorn, steer clear of that because it has too much fat, etc. But from what I read, that's the exception, not the norm. We are all trying to figure ourselves out, and anything new that comes along piques our interest. Maybe this new plan will be our ultimate instruction manual.
The bottom line is give yourselves a break. It doesn't have to be all or nothing regarding whatever plan you are following.Do what makes sense for you. Keep trying things if what you are doing isn't working, or you just can't eat the way the plan suggests. Tweak it and try new things. Come up with your basic road map and then go from there. Listen, read, try things out, but then do what makes sense and what is right for your personal comfort level. But this is important....when something works BE CONSISTENT. Stay with it, do it day in and day out unless it stops working. Lack of consistency may lead us to think the plan we're on is not the right one, but in actuality we never stayed with it long enough to know. I know from experience.
There are many ways to achieve a healthy body and your ideal weight. My mom eats wheat and desserts and she lost 40 lbs on weight watchers and has kept it off for several years. Rosalie doesn't eat sugar, does eat wheat and she lost weight and kept it off too. Different strategies, same results. But both are doing what they found to work for them and they are doing it consistently.
I know for sure without discovering the Belly Fat Cure, I would have never known how detrimental sugar is to me. When I limit it, I feel better, I don't have cravings, my skin doesn't break out, and my energy and mood are better. I can't say staying off wheat has had the same effect, but maybe I haven't done it long enough. So for me, the original Belly Fat Cure may be the best way to go. I like to have a few days here and there that are free of grains, but I can't do that forever, and I know it.
So stop trying to fit yourself into an all or nothing type eating plan. There are many ways to achieve this goal. The answer for some might not be the answer for you. But we all want the same end result and that is to find a way of eating that helps us lose and maintain our weight, and one we can do and ENJOY for the rest of our lives.
Thought for the day:
“You have your way. I have my way. As for the right way, the correct way, and the only way, it does not exist.”
― Friedrich Nietzsche