If there is one thing that often seems to be a stumbling block to people who want to lose weight it’s this….
They think there has to be an “all or nothing” mentality to get it done.
Either they have to exist off of kale and water ( both of which I have nothing against) and live a totally miserable existence constantly checking the scale to see if a pound or two has vanished.
They go back to counting down the days till they can get back to “normal” again because they don’t think there is room in a nutrition plan for having a hamburger or Chocolate cake on occasion.
I feel bad when I see people choosing a complete deprivation plan. Mainly because I know they are setting themselves up for failure.
It’s the same when they choose a specific diet that eliminates food groups or severely restricts foods that make life enjoyable.
We just aren’t wired for complete and total extremes. None of us are.
Who wants to be at a birthday party watching everyone else eat cake or not enjoy a meal out that you splurge a little?
Freedom is being able to do those things and knowing the end of the world won’t happen because you did.
In our daily nutrition we should strive to eat well with a good balance of all food groups. Little daily healthy choices add up for long term success.
Each meal should contain good portions of vegetables and fruits and a good amount of protein ( about 30%)
A healthy lifestyle means getting the appropriate nutrients we need but allowing ourselves a bit of freedom to have that treat.
It means that we can trust ourselves enough with those foods to eat and enjoy it and move on with life. When we blend our favorite things into a healthy eating plan we are less likely to binge because we’ve restricted ourselves
Building an awareness of food in our life will help us learn balance but also will lead to a slow steady weight loss that will be permanent
And …you’ll have your cake and eat it too 😉
8 years ago I began what I now refer to as my "journey into lifestyle fitness". After a yearly check in with my Dr he said I looked "really good on paper, but I might consider losing a few pounds" I wasn't offended... I knew I needed to but it seemed like to much work at the time. In that year we had adopted 2 girls out of foster care, plus caring for my 3 sons & husband sort of left me on the back burner taking care of "me". I told him I "used to" walk & he encouraged me to at least get back to that. I left his office that day, started, & never quit. As time moved on my walks increased in length & speed. I started mingling some jogging into it...then after more time some short sprints. One day I realized I was doing more running than anything else. I learned to run longer and farther. I constantly challenged myself to do more. I realized I had turned into a runner & was loving it. I have since run 6 half marathons, 2 full marathons, and my first 50K scheduled for March 1,2015. Not bad for a girl who just started off walking not quite 2 miles! My body was now beginning to show the results of my work as weight & inches dropped off. I began to add in boxing & weights on days I wasn't running. Over time as the fat left, my new muscles were waiting underneath =)
Obviously, I also made some food changes. Nothing drastic..just started eating less and trying to eat better.. I hated diets and how they made me feel....deprived & left out of all the fun...so adjusting & eating less of what I liked and moving more.. I found myself getting in decent physical shape. It began my thinking of lifestyle and not "dieting". As I got stronger,healthier & more fit it was an easier process to "let go" of some of the foods I had enjoyed. I had more energy, strength and confidence in what I could do. It was empowering. It made me realize that I probably wasn't the only one who wanted to lose weight, be healthy & strong but not always be on some sort of "diet". Maybe my journey & what I had learned & been doing might possibly help others to success in their lives...
I consider myself to be rather normal and ordinary ( meaning I haven't always been into fitness and healthy eating) it has been a steady, daily, learned process with good days and bad days and my hope is that you too, will see the greatness in you, and that you have the ability and power to change and do anything you put your mind to. If you want change, you can make it happen. It's just one day at a time, making smart moves and better choices, and before you know it, things are happening.
Get started on your journey, really, what do you have to lose ? And yet, so much to gain =)
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Good points. Also, the daily obsession with the scale. We (or at least I) can fluctuate up to 5 pounds back and forth each day depending on activity and water. It could all drive you crazy if you can’t be a little chill about it.
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Exactly. I wrote a post a year or so back on my scale experiment to where I weighed myself at various times all through day to show all the fluctuations we go through.
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