An Interview I Won’t Forget

October 3, 2013|Posted in: Health, Mind, Spirit, Workouts

I hate the word “diet”.  I really do.  It’s like this evil word that means you’re constantly frustrated, stressed, and worried about what to eat or do for exercise.  Who wants to live that way?

I am sure most of you have heard the saying “it’s not a diet, it’s a lifestyle”.  Well, there is a reason that statement has been repeated by so many health professionals and in so many articles.  Because it’s TRUE.

Whatever that means to you is probably different from someone else.  If you’re healthy lifestyle, not diet, includes healthy foods for the most part but eating a slice of pizza every Sunday and riding your bike because that’s what you enjoy, that’s great.  Or maybe your healthy lifestyle includes a piece of dark chocolate every day while also eating healthy and going for a 5 mile run after work.  Whatever it is, it’s yours, it’s designed for you, built for you, should involve things in moderation, and it’s supposed to be what works.  For you.

A healthy lifestyle is not just about weight loss either.  Inevitably, that ends up being a result and I realize that is a big driver behind the attempts of many to “diet” or enter into a healthy lifestyle.  This shouldn’t be about weight though, it should be about health.  It should be about getting yourself to a point where you are happy and healthy.  My healthy weight and shape of my body is not yours.  Yours is not the same as someone else’s.  We have to embrace that our bodies are our own and the most important part about them is keeping them healthy.

Because I believe so strongly in all this, I was really excited to hear from a co-worker a few weeks ago about her recent weight loss.  NOT just that she lost weight obviously but the way she was talking about it.  It took her time (6 months to be exact) but the most important thing I heard her mentioning was just how great she felt in general.  She has found an exercise she enjoys (riding her bike) and has changed to a healthy lifestyle.

Her positive energy is pretty contagious throughout the office so I just had to sit down with her and figure out what led to this healthy lifestyle and 39 pound weight loss in 6 months.  (Yes, you read that right.)  I was nothing short of inspired listening to her talk.  Here is our short interview below:

1. Why did you want to lose weight?

I had surgery a while ago and the recovery took longer than I thought.  I realized that I needed a positive lifestyle change.  It was a wakeup call that I needed to change something.

2. How many (if any) “fad diets” have you tried?  Do you think they work?

Yes, I’ve tried them.  I tried one – the Atkins diet.  It doesn’t work.  It’s not realistic.

3. What is the most important thing that contributed to your weight loss?

A positive attitude!  Just continuously being positive about it and avoiding any negative thoughts.  Also, my support system of friends, always having fresh food in the refrigerator, seeing results happen, not weighing myself, having a routine, and doing workout challenges.  These were all really great things that contributed to my continued healthy lifestyle change.

4. What advice would you give to someone else who wants to lose weight or start living a healthier lifestyle?

Go to the grocery store.  I would walk around with that person and show them the things they should be getting instead of the things they probably are.  It makes a huge difference.

5. Do you still have more healthy lifestyle or weight loss goals in the future?

I want to lose another 20 pounds.  I want to keep eating fresh food, not a lot of junk food.  I just feel better when I eat that way.

6. What would be your #1 cheat meal?

Cheeseburger, fries, and a beer. (Moderation is key!)

7. What motivates you to live a healthier lifestyle?

Energy and happiness.  I really feel these things when I am living a healthier lifestyle.  I feel awful if not and I was getting sick all the time when I wasn’t living this way.  I was literally sick and tired of being sick and tired.

8. What are some things you still want to learn about so that you can continue to reach your goals?

I want to learn more about sugar intake.  I want to know what you shouldn’t have and what you can.  I also want to learn more about gluten and what that does to your body.

9. Any last comments?

I don’t believe in diets.  It truly is a lifestyle change.

Of course, I couldn’t agree more with that last comment!

One of the biggest takeaways from this interview that I had is the continuous positive attitude she has.  That contributed so much to her journey she’s been through in these past 6 months.  I can see the energy she has and just how happy she is.  Healthier lifestyles do so much more than just help you lose weight – they can change your life.

Here is another great article about diets vs lifestyle changes if you want to read more:

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/01/25/dieting-stop-diets-dont-work_n_1231472.html?1357775061

I want to encourage you to follow along in my health journey through what I learn and experience. I hope there is something you can take away from Fit Busy Female that inspires you to start taking control of your health and feeling better every day.

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