- You're going to be hungry some of the time. Why? Because you're eating less food than you're used to. It's OK. You'll survive.
- You're going to need to pass on eating certain foods for a while. Why? Because there are some foods that are a gateway to overeating. Simple as that. Let's face it, if we could control our portions, we wouldn't have become overweight in the first place. So even if your particular diet allows for any food as long as you have the calories/points for it, don't get started on the things you KNOW are trouble.
- Celebrations happen. People really are not offended if you don't take a piece of cake. There will be ample cake opportunities in the future. Go, enjoy the company, celebrate the event, and stay on track with your diet.
- Don't drink your calories.
- Provided you stick to it and get the weight off, this diet won't be forever. At some point you can ease more food back into your day - although, I hate to tell you this - not an awful lot. You are going to be maintaining a much lower weight than you did before you started your diet, so therefore you just can't eat as much.
- Unless you are in your twenties, you are not going to have awesome weigh-ins each week. Sadly, everything they say is true and between slower metabolisms and hormones, weight loss is a sloooooow process. The thing is, those tiny bits all add up over the course of time. So keep at it.
- Exercise. But DO NOT pay attention to your calorie burn. Why? Because you should not let the thought enter your mind that you can eat those calories. You haven't "earned" them. I'm pretty sure that most of us are not endurance athletes who need to eat back what we burned off...and those of you who are do not need to diet in the first place.
- Exercise. Because it's good for you, both mentally and physically. Get yourself moving at least a few times a week. Find something you like and do it. Exercise doesn't have to be punishing. It also doesn't have to take up a lot of your day - thirty minutes would make a world of difference if you aren't doing anything physical yet.
- Don't wait any longer to get started losing weight. It only gets harder as you get older.
- Learn to eat and enjoy healthy food while you're dieting, because you still need to eat that way once the weight is off...or else you'll be back on the diet merry-go-round before you realize it. Make this the last time you buy a ticket for that ride!
Monday, May 19, 2014
Tough Love, Vol. II
I feel like I'm repeating myself, but lately there seems to be an epidemic of sorts with diet bloggers throwing in the towel after not losing weight fast enough. I get it - it can be discouraging. But it's not the end of the world, and if you look around, there's plenty of success stories. Here's my version of Tough Love, Vol. II - aka Shelley's Rules of Dieting: