Christine responded, "I have gained almost 50 pounds on medications, and been through the one week it fits, tomorrow it doesn't. I went from 146 to 193 in a matter of 3 months! Changing meds will not help ... I decided that I'll just live with the weight gain but I'll maintain a healthy lifestyle."
I think Christine hit the nail on the head. The key is a healthy lifestyle. It is a matter of changing our focus and our perspective.
Paige Waehner, the About.com Guide to Exercise, has some good news. Giving up on weight loss may be the best way to lose weight. She asks, "What would happen if you gave up on weight loss as an end result? What would happen if you freed your mind from the pursuit of an ideal you haven't been able to reach? What would happen if you forgot about results and focused on what you're getting out of your workouts right now? Are you willing to find out?"
Evelyn Tribole and Elyse Resch recommend this same approach of re-evaluating our motivations for dieting in Intuitive Eating: A Revolutionary Program That Works. "It's tough for a nation of people obsessed with their bodies to believe that even 'sensible dieting' is futile."
Why? "In our society the pursuit of thinness (whether for health or physique) has become the battle cry of seemingly every American. Eating a single morsel of any high-fat or non-nutritionally-redeeming food is punishable by a life sentence of guilt by association."
This obsession with food and dieting creates counter-productive thoughts and behaviors. "Intuitive eating focuses on nurturing your body rather than starving it, encourages natural weight loss, and helps you find the weight you were meant to be."