As I’ve journeyed through the struggles of weight loss and am hanging tenaciously to maintenance, I’ve picked up some of my favorite reads to peruse again for support and encouragement.
Found in a local thrift story, “Dieting in Real Life: 101 Tips and Inspiration for a Healthier You”, by Ellen Sanna, quickly came one of my prime resources. I kept it by my bed, so I could read one or two of the author’s 101 tips daily. The book, about the size of my hand, contains much wisdom and knowledge (both spiritual and secular) condensed into quick-to-read topics. It is divided into five sections: Changing our attitudes, Changing our eating habits, Curbing our desires, Spending more calories, Dieting and our emotions.
Related quotes add emphasis and clarity, and data from pertinent studies and accepted nutritional data help readers make appropriate lifestyle modifications. She introduces each tip with a sentence overview, and then adds a paragraph or two of details. Here are a few of her intros:
- “Keep your hunger from becoming overwhelming by eating small meals and snacks evenly distributed throughout the day.”
- “Stop focusing only on your weight; focus on the rest of what life has to offer.”
- “See your body as a valuable tool God has entrusted to you.”
- “Only eat when you’re hungry, and stop eating when you’re full.”
- “Don’t cut breakfast.”
- “Keep a journal of what you eat.”
- “Pray before you eat.”
- “Don’t clean your plate.”
- “The next time you are tempted to binge, imagine that someone you respect is watching you.”
- Exercise when you get the urge to eat.”
- “Don’t waste time feeling guilty.”
If you are interested in purchasing this book, which was written in 2003, you’ll probably have to check some place like eBay or Amazon. However, it’ll be well worth the effort to track down!
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