Now I just wish I had all of those Monday's back that I decided this was "the" Monday...this was the week it was all going to change...this was the time I was going to be serious, only to find myself back to old habits shortly thereafter.
All of those Monday's wasted on the newest fad diet, the newest craze, the newest sure thing.
You've heard it before...all that it takes to lose weight and be healthy is eating right and exercise. There is no magic pill, no magic "diet".
It's so hard though...
The reality is each of us are different and have different things we love. We have different lifestyles, different dreams, different backgrounds and are surrounded by different people.
If you walk into my home, it won't look just like your home. My husband isn't just like yours, my children aren't just like yours, my dogs aren't just like yours, my vehicle isn't just like yours. So how could one diet, one "magic pill", one program possibly fit all of us and keep us all interested? See how crazy that sounds? It's impossible.
The key to finding what works for you and finding acceptance within yourself is to do things you love.
Well, I love to eat!
For me I love spicy foods, Mexican food is my absolute favorite. It's what I grew up on and life without it would not make me happy. I can't sit around and eat traditional tacos and chips and salsa all day, but I can eat things with similar tastes that satisfy me long term. Just today for lunch I had homemade ground turkey taco meat wrapped in lettuce. It was delicious and I truly enjoyed it and it was simple. A full pan of the meat prepared will make several lunches for me. That's much better than grabbing a frozen "diet" food and popping it in the microwave and hoping it will hold me over until my next meal.
But what about "those days"?
So enjoy it! This is for life, not a temporary adjustment. Sometimes these days off will be planned in advance and sometimes they just come your way. The key to handling these days is to allow them to just be days and not turn into weeks. It's also important not to beat yourself up over these kind of days.
Create new habits that work for you.
- Drinking X amount of water per day.
- Going for a daily walk.
- Drinking your morning shake.
- Stretching before bed.
- Eating breakfast.
- Packing your lunch.
- Getting enough sleep.
Pick one new small habit every 7 to 10 days...when it becomes part of your daily routine, pick another. As you build new habits you will run out of room for some of your old bad habits.
Okay, so food is good, habits are being formed, but I can't stand going to the gym!
Find things that you like to do. Try new things too, you never know! I went kayaking for the first time a few years ago and after my second trip to the lake I bought a kayak. I never dreamed I would love kayaking. Now it's one of my favorite things to do.
I for one don't like going to the gym and I don't even like using our home gym. I do love kayaking, swimming in the summer, going for walks with a friend, riding bikes with my son and then along came Country Heat. I have 2 left feet but decided to give it a try and now I'm absolutely obsessed with it. The first thing I do every morning is grab a tall glass of water and do a Country Heat routine. Now I can't imagine a day without it.
In it for the long haul...
Don't start a diet that has a deadline. Focus on a lifestyle that will last forever.