Many years ago I quit smoking. Of course, when you conquer something that monumental, people want to know how you did it. The simple answer? I never let myself believe I couldn’t have another cigarette; I just tried to see how long I could go without one. One day at a time.
The way I quit smoking is in many ways analogous with how I lose weight most successfully. When I gave up on the idea that I’d never have another ice cream cone, I didn’t care so much. I didn’t feel so deprived. As many of us know (from experience), depriving ourselves of the things we believe we want or need can lead to over-indulgenece, especially if the thing we’re giving up is food.
Quitting the nicotine habit is about abstinence. Giving up our favorite foods is made more complicated because we have to eat to live and we don’t want to feel cheated or deprived every day. We want and need to eat well.
Although, it’s from a couple years ago, I ran across this blog post from Margaret Cho the famously outrageous and bawdy comedian. It relates to some of this thinking and the success she had losing weight by giving up ‘dieting’ and giving herself permission to eat.
Read here, at your own peril (she loves to use the ‘f word’ – alot), but the sentiment is worth taking a look at…