Monday, January 11, 2010

A Bullet Which Must be Bitten--But Take Heart, it Has, Eventually, a Creamy Filling!

Like Lauren said in her most recent post, The Death of Freestyle Eating (a MUST read!) "The good news is that you never have to go on a diet again. How you eat with the ELEM becomes your new normal."

I got fat by eating as much as I wanted of whatever I wanted whenever I wanted. That sort of "freestyle" eating--the kind I unthinkingly indulged--is what I had to accept must end for good--which meant a whole new mentality about eating had somehow to be formed in my head. It meant also that all new eating habits had to somehow come to take the place of that old "anything-goes" approach. In short I had to come up with a "new normal." That's exactly what the ELEM methods helped me to embrace--and am I ever glad I did!

I'll be the first to say it wasn't easy--especially at first. In the beginning it seemed a lot like torturous withdrawals to not eat all I wanted whenever I felt like it. But I was determined to find a new way of eating which I could adopt as a permanent lifestyle. The ELEM-6 Diet fit the bill. It fit because I was able to craft it to suite myself and my specific personal preferences.

It is good that it took me ten months to reach my weight goal. Those months were necessary in order to retrain my brain and to adopt new eating habits. Habits which now feel familiar and normal and which I I know I can maintain for the long term--the rest of my life. I have now been maintaining my ideal weight for three-and-a-half months. In the days ahead I'll be sharing what I have learned/am learning about maintaining one's weight loss. As you might guess, ELEM continues on even after the pounds have been shed. But know what? ELEM and I are now on friendly terms and I think this could be the beginning of a beautiful relationship...


  1. A seriously happy hug for you for reaching your goal weight!!!! How wonderful!
    Question- I still have the mentality that Im 24, and want to be 125lbs. How do I know what is a good weight for me to be, to strive for? (btw- Im 42)

  2. Beth Ann,

    This is for you to decide and then work toward. In my case I set a goal I thought was reasonable for my age (58 at the time) and that was about 10 pounds over my ideal weight--i.e. what I weighed when I was 24. I suprised myself by surpassing my goal and getting all the way down to my ideal weight. Now I am working to maintain that. I'd encourage you to shoot for getting close to your former weight and, if you get all the way there--yipee!--but if you get close, that is wonderful as well. You might surprise yourself too.
    God bless you and your ELEM efforts!