10. Honor Your Health--Gentle Nutrition Make food choices that honor your health and taste buds while making you feel well. Remember that you don't have to eat a perfect diet to be healthy. You will not suddenly get a nutrient deficiency or gain weight from one snack, one meal, or one day of eating. It's what you eat consistently over time that matters, progress not perfection is what counts. (source)My mantra for healthy living: Consistency and Commitment. Without either of those things I wouldn't be where I am today. This journey started out as a quest of "Skinny" and has brought me to a quest of "Health". Things such as proper portion sizes, exercise, choosing vegetables, not drinking often, indulging in a little bit of dark chocolate - those are the things that bring you health over time.
A lot of losing weight is a mental struggle against yourself. You make a poor decision, you eat the "wrong" food, and it sends you spiraling. You beat yourself up for it. Foods become "good" or "bad". You can't eat out because god forbid you eat over your calorie limit for the day. I have been there. I have experienced all of those things. I think it is part of the process of shedding who you once were and discovering who you want to be.
I have talked about this recently because I believe that honoring your health means more than just eating and exercising - it means living to the fullest, enjoying decadence, tasting dessert and savoring it. Not beating yourself up but accepting food in moderation.
This is no a place you will come to over night unfortunately. It is a gradual acceptance and transition. Be consistent with your food choices, with your healthy attitude. Be committed to yourself - because lets face it, you are the most important thing you have. Be ready for the journey. Be ready to learn. Be ready to fall along the way. But most importantly be ready to succeed.