I've come to realize that (for me), the difference between eating consciously and eating whatever I want, starts in what I tell myself!
I can talk myself into eating healthfully and consciously, or talk myself out of it in a split second! AND I have done both!!!Sometimes a GF cookie, ice cream, or an extra serving of dinner just looks so good, and I want it so badly. I might tell myself I'll just have one piece or its a special occasion and I should not deprive myself. ( but there are so many special occasions: birthdays, holidays, dinners out with friends, anniversary's, graduations, births, parties etc.)
Mostly, I overeat or eat unconsciously because I don't have a plan to follow. I find without a plan and a goal.. I'm at the mercy of too much food even healthy food or sugar, starch, and fat..and all the goodies out there. ( It can be addicting for me and hard to get off it once I start)
A few weeks ago I realized that after two -three years of yo yo dieting, gaining and losing and then finally gaining and gaining, I ended up with 27 extra pounds in three years!!! I have now lived with that 27 pounds for a year and half , and I've come to think of myself as pudgy.
Prior to gaining this weight , I had been slim and shapely for over 9 years when I went on a weight loss program to lose 50 pounds.I kept it off for over nine years. During those nine years, I had a daily plan that became a daily habit, just like brushing my teeth..
I planned my meals, planned my exercise time, and had mini goals .. I lost weight, and I sculpted by using hand weights and built muscle. It made me look shapely and small . I became a size 4/6.. Unbelievable.. but true, and I was almost 50 years old at the time!!
I never thought I could be a slim person; I never thought I could never be a small or a size 6 ( let alone a 4)!!! But I was happy and slim for years!
Thoughts are powerful and persuasive...what I tell myself does seem to matter.
I have a choice; I can plan and be prepared everyday no matter if it is a party day, a birthday or a dinner out. I can plan my exercise routine for everyday and stick to it.
My plan is to get my previous size six body back!! How am I going to do that ?.. I am going to work for it by following a plan and sticking to it. This is what I do..
- Plan my menu for the week ( or a few days)
- Shop and make sure everything I need in in the house
- Strategies- use a crock pot, wash and cut up veggie snacks in advance
- Be prepared- Keep Weight Watchers 1 point cheese sticks and hard boiled eggs handy,take my snacks to work, shopping, to a friends house, and the gym.
- Plan my exercise- make time for me and stick to it- lift weights, do a exercise CD, go to the gym for a scheduled class.
- Take my gym clothes and sneakers in the car so I don't have to stop home after work
- Keep my MP3 Player charged , so I can listen to my inspirational CDs, books, or music while I exercise which helps make the time go and feel enjoyable.
- Drink more water- carry water with me.
- Read inspiration web sites of others who offer ideas and success stories.
After the last three year struggle, ( which started with an injury that prohibited me from exercising)
I am finally am realizing that I cannot diet.. I get it!!
I have make permanent healthy eating choices.
Tip: I read somewhere that there is no finish line for eating consciously, no finish line for exercising, and no finish line for making healthy choices.
These habits need to be ongoing.. a healthy diet is a healthy body.
I'm starting week 2.. last week I followed my plan even with a dinner party Saturday night.. I still had a great time and focused on what I could eat, rather than what I couldn't eat.. It worked out great and I lost 3 pounds last week..
Look for My next Inspirational post :
What did I have to give up to have a healthier body ( you'll be surprised what it is) ...
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