When we think about dieting or counting calories, most of us automatically feel ourselves go into starvation mode! We start imagining all the rich, yummy favorites that we are sure we will have to give up! We envision ourselves munching on celery and suffering through flavorless salads for every meal until we reach our goal. I believe this reaction is a sure fire way to FAIL!
I have a little list of things in my head to help me remember when my new life style seems hard. These five things really help me stick to my plan. Maybe they will help you too.
1) It is going to take a long time to lose everything you have to lose ~ Get over it! You didn’t gain the weight in a week and it won’t come off in a week! Instead of being discouraged, be encouraged that you are working to be better.
2) Don’t compare yourself to other people, or day dream about how good you WILL look. This is really just a discouragement when you look in the mirror and don’t see what you want to see. You become upset and stressed and want to eat. Instead, accept the fact that you have work to do to be healthy and love your body for what God made it to be. I will never be a size 3, probably not even a size 6 but as long as I am taking care of my body the way God intended I need to be satisfied with what He made me to be.
3) Food is good, enjoy it! Just because you are limiting your intake and taking control of your body doesn’t mean what you eat has to be uncomforting and flavorless! Be creative! Most of the seasonings in your cabinet have zero calories. Think flavor not fat!
4) Saying no is OK! Sometimes it is really hard to say no to empty calorie temptations when everyone else is eating them, or when they are sitting in front of you just begging you to eat them. Remember that it’s not the end of the world to turn away. It really ISN’T going to kill you to not eat the pie or chips and dip.
5) Saying yes is OK! Completely removing the “fun foods” will only drive you to lose your resolve and go crazy with calories! When you really must have that cookie, have it BUT count it! If you don’t have enough calories to eat it then save it and make it part of your eating plan the next day.
Remembering these few things has really helped me to not feel stressed, starved, deprived or discouraged. I hope they help you too!