Day 3 of the New Year. Raise your hand if you are tired of food. And sweets.
I’m beyond tired of seeing sugar. I bake what seems like, all month, whipping up various treats for Christmas so about now I’m ready to walk away from it all.
I bet you are too.
It’s possible you are thinking of losing some weight as many are at the start of a year. For some reason the start of a new year makes us want to tackle things in our lives that may have been previously untouched or started but not finished.
My social media accounts are flooded with all kinds of hyped up “diets” and weight loss promises, all of which will take some of your money, thank you, but most likely only leave you with lighter pockets and no missing fat.
Coming out of the holiday season can be difficult since we’ve been enjoying more tasty foods than we usually have. You might be wondering where to start.
Don’t start by thinking you have to eat all the “bad” food that might still be around.
Getting started doesn’t have to be hard, painful, or restrictive. In fact, a slow gradual process will help you be more successful than just trying to cut everything out cold turkey ’cause I mean… there’s still gonna be chocolate around.. am I right? And really, if a piece of chocolate here or there helps keep you sane and moving forward, it’s ok.
I’m eager to get back to my “normal” eating. What always works for me is eating more lean meats, veggies and fruits to get me back on track as well as adequate water.
This works for me, but might not be where you are.
Here’s a few new years tips that might help….
If you don’t trust yourself start by removing all leftover temptations of holiday goodies from your kitchen.
And I don’t mean eat them. Give them to your neighbor Susie Q or toss them in the trash. Really. You can. If you think you’ll sit down and eat the bag of chocolate, toss it.
Next, make sure you have healthy foods on hand like lean meats ( chicken, turkey, fish, eggs etc) fresh fruits, veggies, and other snacks like cheese, yogurt and raw almonds.
Once you get a plan for food you will eat and won’t eat, set some short term “mini” goals for yourself. Small changes add up and in time they do add up to bigger changes. Not only that, accomplishing your mini goals will give you confidence to push on to bigger goals.
For example, week one you might simply try to reduce sugary drinks if that is a problem for you. Maybe you’ll try to drink more water.
Week 2 you might decide you will intentionally park farther from store or take the stairs at work instead of elevator.
Week 3 you might decide to eliminate fried foods from your diet.
Set a date.
Be intentional about what you are doing. Set out specific dates for yourself to achieve goals. ( in 4 weeks you want to be walking 3 miles or committing to 3 days a week in the gym) whatever it is, put it in front of you. To be ambiguous about a goal is the same as saying you’ll start “next week” … it’s easy to ignore and not get done.
Let your mini goals spur you on to bigger things as you accomplish them.
Learn to write down what you eat and how you feel when you do. Make it a goal to understand your personal relationship with food. This can give you insight into your behaviors with food and eating.
Don’t be afraid to take some before pics of yourself as well as progress ones along the way. A photo journal is the best way to see how you’ve changed on your journey.
Finally, set realistic and manageable goals for yourself. You don’t gain weight in a few weeks, you won’t lose it all in a few weeks. A steady one pound per week will be sustainable weight loss. Allowing yourself after the holidays to settle into a slow, steady routine will be the best way to be successful in your efforts while not feeling deprived or taking things to the extreme.
Do you have any tips for healthy weight loss?