Ok. Let’s just get right into it .. 🙂
First, please take the word ‘diet’ and throw it out the window!
Do you want to change your life? Don’t ‘diet’ and don’t take up a fitness routine. In order to succeed you have to change the way you look at it all.
Make a lifestyle change .. and not a lifestyle sacrifice.
Let me explain, as far as the eating part of it (I may dive into the fitness part in another post) …
Start small with ‘changing’ your eating. You want to change your relationship with food without it feeling like a sacrifice or punishment.
Today, eat better than you did tomorrow. Even if it’s just slightly better. Make simple swaps that you are ‘mentally’ ok with. Then, maybe add a little more activity to your day than what you did yesterday. In the end, we make a better eating decision and we are more active .. both things working in our favor.
Here is an example.. I have the WORST sweet tooth on the planet. No joke… it calls to me constantly. If I ignore it, one day I’ll buy one of those single ice cream containers at Kroger and probably eat the whole thing. In ten minutes. Seriously. Then be up all night with Alka-Seltzer in hand…
While having a sweet tooth can be miserable at times I won’t lie .. I LOVE sweets. I don’t want to give them up. Really … So, instead of “punishing my urges’ i have found things that are ‘better’ sweet options. A couple of examples are yogurt, fruit (I LOVE blueberries and grapes right now), or even frozen yogurt popsicles. They give me my sweet ‘fix,’ they taste *really* good, and are a healthier option than sugar and more sugar. So … it is a simple, healthy swap and in the end I don’t feel like I am sacrificing anything at all. Trust me, I am ALL ABOUT my key lime yogurt when I come home from the gym.
One of the keys to success is realizing that we are humans, we have the un-compromisables (I doubt that is a word but go with me!), and we need to find a realistic ‘new’ path in order to succeed.
Look at your eating and be realistic about it. If you want to change and can let things go, start slowly. Give yourself time to change. If you have un-compromisables that may make you rebound (like my sweets would be to me), try to instead find something that is a healthy option that you would enjoy.
Don’t punish yourself for being you, just find a way to enjoy things in moderation that were a little more healthy than they were yesterday.
If you have questions, let me know! I would love to help or give advice. Thanks for reading!
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