I've come to realize that (for me), the difference between eating consciously and eating whatever I want, starts in what I tell myself!
|This is not me,|
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, after two -three years of yo yo dieting, gaining and losing and then finally gaining and gaining, I ended up with 30 extra pounds!!! I have now lived with that 30 pounds for a year and half now, and I've come to think of myself as pudgy.
Prior to gaining this weight , I had been slim and shapely.
11 years ago, I had lost considerable weight and kept it off for 9 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 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 6 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 handy,take my snacks to work, shopping, to a friend, for after 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 by and feel worthwhile
- Drink more water- carry water with me.
- Read inspiration web sites of others who are doing it..
I'm not eating this;
After the last three years of 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 consicously, 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 my I will 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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