The quick fix diet demons return

Good news: My chiro has given me the ok to do some light workouts… and my back is feeling a million times better. As I type this right now, I’m actually experiencing no pain at all. [Insert happy dance here Party smile ] I really hope a full recovery is near!!!

Well, this was not the case this weekend when I still did not believe that I would ever be able to work out the same way I have. We also finally booked our vacation to Vegas and our hotel criteria weighed heavily on the quality of pools. I was going to be in a bathing suit a good chunk of vacation. Disappointed smile And this is when I nearly broke down… with my previous commitment to diet free living and a (new) ban on exercise, the feeling of becoming fat and unhappy got overwhelming. And I wanted to do something about it!

Could a quick 60-day diet really be so bad? I knew it wasn’t something that made sense for me long term but… but… just a quicky vacation diet boost. No?

I had that temporary moment of insanity (let’s call it that) and then I realized that I never looked the way I dream of looking to really be comfortable in a bathing suit. I reminded myself that 2 months of misery (which it would be – I really did switch gears mentally to stop dieting for good so getting back into it would not feel right) for 3 days of vacation is not worth it. And that at the end, it’s all about attitude. I could look exactly like I do today and feel content and happy, fully appreciating the sunshine, time away from work instead spent with my friends. Or I could compare myself to super-model lookalikes and hide in the corner, feeling miserable. I choose the former. Diet free.

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What’s ironic is that right after I snapped myself back to reality and realized that this is the old Elina (diet junkie, body hating Elina), my eating got more intuitive and my back slowly started recovering. I’ll take it as a sign. Open-mouthed smile

Did you ever go on a quick fix diet? Was it worth it?

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17 comments to The quick fix diet demons return

  • I have tried quick fix diets and they just end with me binging as soon as its over :(

    P.S. I am experiencing horrible low back pain as well right now… any advice??

  • I was really stressing about our trip to Puerto Rico this weekend for a while in terms of weight. I definitely am not where I had wanted to be, but I realized that I have been so much healthier the last couple of months and that is a million times more important. It is all about overall health for the long-run and worrying about how we look a couple days here and there is only going to make things more stressful.

  • I did the Flat Belly Diet and it worked pretty well for me. I didn’t yo-yo straight back up when I stopped doing it. But, I gradually put it all back on.

    For me, it’s all about clean eating and making sustainable changes. I won’t give anything up that I wouldn’t be able to give up forever. It’s all about moderation.

  • I’ve never done a quick fix diet- they make me too unhappy! I’m with you on the intuitive eating.

  • I’ve certainly lost weight in the past through quick-fix diets, but inevitably gained it all back PLUS MORE. Not worth it. So happy for you! You are going to have a great vacation! :)

  • GREAT news about your back!! I can;t imagine how frusterating thats been for you!

    I’ve wanted to do quick fix diets in the past…usually for various dance auditions, but I find I never do well when I’m TRYING to diet, its when I stop try I seem to do better. The other time is before my wedding…which was really a catch 22 (at least it was for me)…I wanted to be in the best shape I could but leading up to a wedding is usually lots of other celebrations…showers, bach parties…etc that involve lots of food, plus basic wedding business left me little time for exercise, so that just didnt happen.

    Anyways! I bet being able to work out agian will make you feel better in general leading up to Vegas! Still SO jealous :)

    • “The other time is before my wedding…which was really a catch 22 (at least it was for me)…I wanted to be in the best shape I could but leading up to a wedding is usually lots of other celebrations…showers, bach parties…etc that involve lots of food, plus basic wedding business left me little time for exercise”

      That is SO where I’m at right now and it’s really hard! I want to go balls-out with the dieting, but I’m not at a point where being totally anti-social, hungry, tired, and grumpy all the time (which is what dieting does to me) is going to work!

      • Elina

        It’s kind of amazing how much pressure we put on ourselves to look “perfect” that one day. I definitely was in weight loss mode before my wedding as well but I was generally loving the process (of course since then I gained the weight back so apparently it wasn’t long lasting efforts). It’s important to feel comfortable and happy, whatever weight you are. It sounds like you need to find that balance. Do you really want to be miserable before your wedding? Avoid social events with your friends, family and fiance? Take this time to treat yourself right.
        Good luck. I know the mental mind games getting ready for this one day may bring!

  • I can’t sustain any kind of eating pattern for very long (which is a good thing, since it means I don’t dwell on unhealthy food too long, either). If anything, I’d work out more if I had an event coming up, but from my experience, I kind of just be more mindful of my splurges in the couple of weeks before… and that’s it.

  • I do the South Beach diet twice a year and although it is a diet, I use it to tune up on healthy eating, cut down on carbs and adjust my portion control.

  • Quick fixes don’t work. We all know that. What works is eating less calories than you burn. It’s that simple, but we make it so tough. Good luck!

  • I don’t think a quick diet would ever work for me because then I’d go back to normal after. I have to implement lifestyle changes! No diets!

    So glad your back is feeling better :) :)

  • never tried a quick fix, but i’m glad you were able to get right back on track!

  • I am glad with the decision you came to. Quick fixes never work, and being miserable for the 2 months leading up to a vacation could kill any excitement you have for it.
    Fingers crossed your back stays pain free!

  • I’m so glad I’m not alone in this going back and forth with myself!

    Thanks so much for stopping by my blog today!

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