Ladies & gents, I’ve struggled with my weight since right after High School and living on my own. I no longer had my mom supervising my fast food intake or ensuring I ate 3 square meals a day. I went a little bonkers and decided I could live off of McDonald’s. It was a sad, sad day for my waist line (and my health).
Well, that was a long time ago and although I’ve cut out the McDonald’s (and fast food in general), I still struggle to keep off the weight. But over the years I’ve learned that dieting just doesn’t work for me, a lifestyle change does. You’ll notice I always put “diet” in quotation marks because I don’t want you to “diet”, I want you to lifestyle change. So in my blog “diet” = lifestyle change. 🙂
These are a few tips of mine to encourage you to KEEP GOING!
#1: Being consistent is where it’s at. If you decide to “diet” for 1-2 weeks but don’t see the results you want, give up, throw in the towel, and begin eating unhealthy foods AND stop exercising, guess freakin’ what…. you aren’t going to make any progress. Even on days/weeks where you only lose .5 pounds, you’ve got to keep going. Especially if you are a woman, we HOLD onto weight like no other and it takes time, dedication, and consistency. Don’t give up on yourself, you are worth it!
#2: Stay positive. This coincides with tip #1. If you are constantly down on yourself and stressing yourself out about your weight, you aren’t going to get very far. Be proud & happy with yourself for every inch or pound lost. Remember, your body is under construction… it will take time.
#3: Set goals. Now, if you are like me and have a goal of losing 50 pounds, don’t make that your starting goal! Setting such a high goal at one time can be majorly overwhelming. Set a goal for your first 2-3 months of your “diet”. It can be a small goal or large goal but remember to make them. And that leads me to tip #4.
#4: Reward yourself! If you hit your first 2-3 month goal reward yourself!!! I don’t encourage rewarding yourself with bad food as this can sometimes result in backpedaling and spin you out of control. But instead I encourage you to get your nails done, buy a new article of clothing, get your hair done. Do something that will make you feel really good.
#5: Remember how beautiful you are inside and out. No matter your size, shape, color, WE are all BEAUTIFUL! Always remember that and stay true to yourself. Don’t “diet” for a man, work, etc. “Diet” for yourself b/c your health is worth it. <3