Originally Posted by ValerieL
The thing is, it's tougher to stay off plan when you are here everyday talking with people that are working their plan. It keeps me focused.
I gotta agree with that wise woman Val, although for slightly different reasons. When I returned to low carbing it was with a dieter's mindset; in other words, I thought about the diet as a weight loss tool and nothing more. When I stumbled on this place and started reading, I saw people, over and over again, who were failing. They were no dumber, had no weaker wills that I was/did, but they weren't hacking it, just as I hadn't hacked it in the past. And after reading probably thousands of posts, and doing some soul searching, I came to the conclusion that I really had to accept that if I was going to do this, I had to change the way I thought about it -- it can't be a diet, it has
to be a commitment, a fundamental change in the way I looked at myself and the world. Eating junk food is not
a treat, but the first step on the road to self abuse; I'm not "sacrificing" or "missing out on" anything to do this; rather, I would
be sacrificing my health and well being if I didn't do it, and so on. The road has its ups and downs, but really it's much smoother than the one I travelled on before. All the fat in the world couldn't cushion the bumps on that
Anyway, this place helps me to stay focused on this as an eating plan, not a diet. I've also learned a few tricks here about cooking and so on. The stuff on the science of low carbing helps a lot, too; it took what I instinctively knew to be true, that I had terrible eating habits, and explained to me why
that was so, and once you know why, you've taken the first step in figuring out how to change things.