This is the first part in a series of posts where I will be discussing how I finally made the change to eating healthy for weight loss. You can read my first post which started it off: Eating Healthy for Weight Loss – I’m Finally Sticking To It
Why I Say These Tips Will Work
I say these tips will work because they work for me. Will they work for everyone? Probably not, but if others can use any of the tips to help them with their healthy eating, then that is awesome.
I have been writing on this blog since 2006. I got into the exercise habit because of starting this blog. I have been back and forth with eating healthy. Never once have I stuck to it. I seriously struggled with my eating habits. I justified my poor eating habits with excuses like:
- I exercise so I’ll burn it off.
- I don’t eat (insert junk food here) often.
- I deserve to eat (insert junk food here.)
- It’s (insert holiday here), I can splurge.
- I don’t want to be a party pooper. Everyone else is eating it.
I’ve read countless articles on how to eat better. I received advice from numerous health experts on how to eat. In short, I knew better. I had the information but nothing ever stuck.
Before you go cleaning out your fridge and pantry of all the junk food, trust me when I say, it begins with your mindset first. You can buy diet books, vow that you’ll follow a particular diet plan, etc., and none of it will work until you get your mind right.
You might be full steam ahead for the first week but without the proper mindset, you’ll likely crash and burn into your second week. Here is how I got focused:
Get Fed the !%@& Up – Get fed up with what you see in the mirror. Get fed up with your lame excuses. Get fed up with how your clothes fit. Get fed up with how you feel. Pain brings change. I got fed up and angry with myself. It sparked change.
Seek Your Inspiration, Even if it’s Vain – My inspiration? Janet Jackson’s abs. It’s no secret that vanity is part of deciding to get fit. Aspiring body builders may find inspiration from old Arnold or Sly Stallone photos. Whoever inspires you didn’t get their physique from eating garbage.
View Food for What it Is – Food is fuel. You know that gross bloated feeling you get after eating a ton of bad carbs? When I get tempted with my favorites like drunken noodles from the Thai place down the street or a couple large slices of pizza or that cinnabon topped with frosting…I think of that gross bloated feeling. I think about how it expands my stomach. I think about how that moment of pleasure won’t be worth ruining all of the hard work I’ve done already. I fuel up when I eat. I am not eating for pleasure (at least not until Saturday where I allow myself a cheat meal.)
Picture Yourself Where You Want to Be – When I look in the mirror now, I know I am still far from my goal. But I view myself changing. Even if the changes are small. I step on the scale and see that I’ve lost weight. I know that I’m changing and getting to where I want to be, day by day. Don’t become discouraged if the scale doesn’t move one week. Take measurements of yourself regularly. Change is happening regardless of the scale.
The next post will focus on tools I use to keep track of my eating and keep my motivation high.
The two workout programs I combine to burn fat:
Click here for part 2.