The elusive tipping point

by Lisa on Thursday: Feb 23, 2012
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So many bloggers out there talk about this phenomenon called a “tipping point” – the point in their lives at which losing weight/getting healthy seemed to click and start working for them. More often than not, I’ve seen other bloggers’ tipping points have been triggered by major life events – something big that happens that causes them to refocus their goals and make the necessary changes.

Something I’ve been thinking about lately: How do you find your tipping point when everything in your life is status quo?

I’ve come to the conclusion that I need some sort of tipping point to occur for me to finally start losing weight and getting in better shape. I work hard at working out, that’s for sure, but as I’ve mentioned many, many times before: my problem is food. And if you want to see results, you need to change your eating habits.

Maybe I need to take things into my own hands and do something drastic like throwing out all the bad food I have in my kitchen and restocking with nothing but healthy foods. I’m also hoping the changing seasons will kick things into gear, because nothing motivates me to want to improve my life more than the onset of springtime. It’s a season of change, and maybe it will get me out of this rut I find myself in.

D and I are going to New York this weekend and we’ve been preparing for it all week. It’s going to be a nice, although very brief, getaway and we’ll get to do some fun things while we’re there. Perhaps being in NYC again will inspire me.

What do you think about this “tipping point” business?

3 Responses to “The elusive tipping point”

  1. I’m not sure what my tipping point was – I guess it was when I went to try on my wedding dress, and although I could fit into it, it was uncomfortably tight. Or it could be when I try on the pants that I bought just a year ago, and I can barely breathe. I just got tired of feeling unfit all the time. I’ve been on a healthier eating plan (or, diet! lol) for the past 45 days, and I have tracked my calories with My Fitness Pal, it’s a free app that has been so helpful with my progress. Since then, I’ve lost 4 pounds. I figureed out how many calories I have to eat to lose a pound a week (or half a pound a week), and I try really hard to stick to that guideline. Now I track every calorie, and when I think about how I used to eat – I was probably taking in 400+ calories more than I need to maintain my body weight. Of course I was gaining weight!

    Like you, I absolutely LOVE to eat. I eat when I am happy and when I am sad. I eat when I want to relax and when I am stressed. It has really taken a sea-change in my thinking to get me to this point. I am learning to figure out what foods are worth “spending” my calories on, and what foods are not. What can I order from certain restaurants, and what I can’t. So now I’ve developed kind of a repetoire of foods I can eat and that I know will help me stick to my goal: eggs, salmon, lean chicken, certain types of Trader Joe’s salads, fat-free Greek yogurt, veggie stir-fry, small chunks of dark chocolate, pears and bananas, oatmeal made with water, skim milk, tea.

    Another thing is to not let a bad day become a bad week, and don’t let a bad week become a bad month. I recently went to Vegas and ate atrociously for a good 4 days. Then I came home and stopped eating like that. Because I can eat like that for a few days only if I eat well the rest of the time.

    This is a really long comment, because I’ve obviously thought a lot about my journey to a healthier and trimmer lifestyle. I hope you find something helpful in here. 🙂

  2. Oh another thing that has helped me is to be merciless with cutting out calories that I don’t miss: example: I can’t taste the difference between bread that’s 90 calories a slice or 80 calories a slice. So I pick the 80 calories one. I don’t really enjoy cheese all that much in most foods, so I always skip that. The 160 calorie low-fat Greek yogurt tastes creamier than the 120 calorie 0% fat variety, but the creaminess is not worth 40 extra calories to me, so I always get the 0% one.

    Eating like this has also helped my dining out budget, because it’s no fun to eat out all the time if you have to watch what you’re eating.

    • Lisa says:

      Wow, thanks for the awesome comment! There’s definitely a lot of great tips here and some I will certainly try. I love hearing about other people’s fitness journeys – it helps keep me motivated!

      I’m on MyFitnessPal too (msmarvelproject – add me if you want to!) and I know that if I stick to it, I will see results.

      Thanks for coming by!

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