I don't like programs. As much as they have worked for me, even more have failed and left me frustrated. I'm a black/white thinker and a perfectionist, and it can help or hurt me when doing a program. It can be ugly at times since I can sabotage my efforts with, "Since I messed up on lunch, I may as well blow the rest of the day and start fresh tomorrow."
I was very successful when I did Weight Watchers after my second child. I hit Lifetime (at the highest weight I could be to qualify) and I maintained until I was pregnant again a year later. But after my third, the program no longer work for me. Circumstances in my life had changed (husband's shift changed, favorite leader wasn't there, gym got expensive, etc. etc. etc.) What was there for me to make it successful the first time, wasn't there for me the second time. I failed. I kept sabotaging my efforts, because I could. For me, I got into the habit of thinking, "What's the most amount of food I can have for the least amount of points?" Answer: Heaps of fake food. With fat-free this and sugar-free that, it's amazing what you can eat for low points.
But what's missing in this type of thinking? Nutrition. Nutrition is everything. It's the whole reason for eating in the first place, to fuel the body so it can work effectively. This is why I don't like programs. They often have me thinking about everything except what I should be focusing on.
After my last child I made the decision: no programs, just nutrition and healthy habits. I was successful. I firmly believe the more pure a person's diet is, the better they will feel and the better their body will work for them instead of against them.
Avoiding chemicals gives a body a better chance to stabilize and balance itself. I try to use natural remedies first. Often they work, but when they don't I will take the medicine that is needed. Bodies are a miraculous thing. Have you ever really thought about the healing process? Ever heard of homeostasis? <--I already looked it up for you. :) It just makes sense.
So what is this post all about? Well, I'm on a new program. Now wait. Before you start thinking I'm a total hypocrite, please let me explain. ;)
I have PCOS and I'm just starting to get symptoms of Fibromyalgia. Science doesn't know how or why a woman gets these ailments, so they simply treat the symptoms. There is a prescription for every symptom and if I used them for each one I have, I'd have a cabinet full of little orange bottles. I'm also the lucky one. I don't need any meds for my heart or blood sugar at this time, but many who have these ailments do. If I don't get this weight off and balance my hormones, I'll have to use medication in the future just to avoid a heart attack or deal with type 2 diabetes.
So, I have two choices. Follow a program for a few months in hopes to balance my metabolism and endocrine system naturally through food & lifestyle changes or take necessary medication in the future. Since I prefer to be natural in all things, I'm going with the healing program. :)