Welcome Bella-Ann! Just starting today? What an exciting time for you!
On the 1st of January 2011, I did the same. Exactly 60 weeks later I reached my goal - lost 87 kilos and totally changed my life around. I wish for you the same success. It can be done!
The battle to lose weight is all about what is in the mind. You have to turn your wish
to lose weight into a want
and then that into a must
. That means examining your life honestly and start making yourself accountable. One thing you can try is list all the reasons why you wish to lose weight (both major and the most trivial) and then list ALL the reasons why you don't. You do the things that you want to do...so there ARE a pay offs in your life for being overweight. Think through your lists deeply and carefully. If you are honest with yourself you will find that slowly but surely the wish becames a want which becomes a must. Once you are fully convinced of must then failure isn't an option.
Permanent weight loss is about developing a healthy lifestyle that works for you. That is why diets don't work...they are someone else's solutions that you are trying to fit into your lifestyle. Make small changes in your life so that good habits will take hold of you and give you success.
Bingeing on snacks is usually caused by failed diet thinking. I am on a diet which forbids that...I wish I can have that...I want that...I'll have a little bit of that...I'll have some more of that...gosh - blew the diet might as well binge on it...and eat some more because I'm such a failure!
There are no forbidden foods - just better choices and healthier options. Far more important when you are starting out is get your food portions under control. We are overweight not so much because of what we eat but because of how much we eat. Start here and later you can sort out better food options.
Practical things you can do to help yourself is stop keeping rubbish food in the house and don't buy any on the road. The battle of junk food is not fought standing in front of the fridge at midnight but at the shelf at the shops (it has been months since I've been down the crisps aisle of the supermarket) in broad daylight! Emotional eating is just a bad habit way of dealing with life's habits. As you develop a healthier lifestyle you will learn the satisfaction of exercising (whether that be walking, jogging or somethiing else is up to you) instead of eating and feeling guilt.
Today is the day to start to embrace that better future!