Do you feel as though you have fallen off the wagon with your weight loss efforts? Do you feel as though it’s too difficult to get back on and start over again?
Then, quit starting over!
This is a lifelong journey, not a diet.
There are many people that struggle with keeping themselves accountable with their weight loss efforts, exercise, and nutrition. Some are obese; some overweight; and some are a normal weight because they have been at it their entire lives (like I said…it’s a lifestyle).
Everyone gets off track ever so often, including me! I get messages from women all the time asking me how I stay on track and how I’ve managed to do so throughout my 150 pound weight loss.
Guess what! I am human just like you. There have been times when I have gotten off track too.
What do I do when I realize I’ve gotten off track for a few days?
I ask myself a few questions:
- “Why are you doing this?”
- “Do you NEED this food?”
- “How is this going to benefit you in a positive way?”
The responses are usually NOT in my favor.
We all have our “trigger foods”. Do you know what yours is? My trigger food is ice cream and always has been. For the first few months of my journey, I was able to live mostly without my big bowl of heavenly hash ice cream that I loved so much. How did I do this? I found a substitution, like with everything else. I would have a Weight Watchers Chocolate Fudge bar every night before I went to bed. Then, after a few months, I decided I didn’t need to have them anymore. I then switched to protein shakes and that is what I have been substituting my ice cream cravings with for the last year.
Well, very recently, I felt the need to have ice cream again. Did I eat it just once? Nope! I had ice cream from Carvel or Dairy Queen every single day for one week. Even after losing 150 pounds, my body was sending the message to my brain that I needed it because I ate it one time. Again, it’s definitely my trigger food. It’s something I need to stay far, far away from.
Since I’ve made this a lifestyle for me, it’s everything in moderation. Having ice cream every single day for one week is definitely NOT moderation. That is falling into my old bad habits that caused me to find myself morbidly obese to begin with. I know in my mind that I will NEVER go back to where I was almost 2 years ago. I don’t want to be that person ever again. So, the old bad habit that was starting to creep back into my life was dissolved very quickly.
The best part of this is that I know I can control my cravings which is HUGE for me, at this point in my life.
You know what? I just got up from the computer to cut my son’s left over Carvel ice cream cake. Did I have any? Nope! Did I want some? Of course! But, I know that when I eat these kinds of food, it naturally doesn’t agree with my body. I was exhausted and dragging for days. I totally didn’t feel like myself and knew I needed to go back to eating completely clean again.
It has been four days of being back on track, eating completely clean, and giving up coffee. The first two days were extremely hard, although, I think the absence of coffee has been the most difficult for me.
Losing weight and becoming fit is a lifestyle that needs to be maintained long-term (most likely the rest of your life). You can have your treats, but “everything in moderation”, means knowing when enough is enough.
I am a firm believer in not depriving yourself of the foods you want and crave. Treat yourself ever so often or find a substitution for the food you really want. You would be surprised how well this works.
So, if you have gotten off track, just remember….
TOMORROW is a NEW DAY! A NEW DAY means A NEW FRESH START!