This personal memoir describes tricks of the trade Jessica discovered as she lost 100 pounds and kept...it...off.
Having struggled with my weight most of my life, I could relate to her story.
I had always been a chunky kid.
I found the steps she took to achieve her weight loss resonate with my own journey. Jessica describes the importance of achieving your goals (with weight and life, for that matter):
In order to reach a big goal, start with smaller goals.
The key to success and avoiding discouragement is to make your target possible to hit!
She discusses food and how there's a tendency to have a relationship with it:
Food in itself isn't bad...But when we try to have a relationship with it, use it as a comforter, stress release, etc., we find ourselves in trouble.
This week I celebrate 4 years of having lost 30+ pounds and keeping it off! Jessica briefly discusses trigger foods and I loved what she said about cravings,
Rather than feeling frustrated and potentially racking up more calories than I would have originally, I just eat what I was craving in the first place.
I couldn't agree with her more! A little bit of chocolate or a milkshake won't sabotage my weight. But overeating other foods to compensate for not eating what I wanted certainly might.
It was challenging to relearn what a reward was when I lost weight. My first instinct was to think I could eat something "bad" for doing well. Learning to reward myself with non-food rewards like clothes was a key factor of getting to the heart of changing my relationship with food.
I'd like to encourage you to redefine your concept of "treat"...I came to view a "treat" for myself as an inexpensive little gift.
Even when I have a gain on the scale, I try and not let it discourage me for long. I remember how far I have come and the progress I've made. I loved Jessica's thoughts on this concept:
It's more important to live life and enjoy our families than to obsess over weight.
I can't express how much having Anthony's support helped me lose weight and keep it off. Like Jessica, my husband was a key factor in my weight loss story.
If this is an area you need encouragment in, buy Jessica's book.
I was given a review copy of 100 Pound Loser by Jessica Heights. However, all opinions are my own. This post contains my affiliate links.