Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Patience, People!

Those of you who have tried to lose weight, or change your eating habits and whatnot know that it's not always easy.
Every year, THOUSANDS of people make the resolution to lose weight and a lot of people don't make it past the first month with their healthy eating and exercising habits.
Do ya know why?
Because they make unrealistic changes.

"I'm on a 1000 calorie diet."
"I'm going to workout 6 days a week."
"I'm not going to eat after 7 every day."

Seriously? That's not a realistic, long term plan.

I've tried every diet plan, every workout regime, every fad you can think of. Obviously they didn't work, right?

It's because they have all been things that I haven't been able to maintain, which is really the ultimate goal. You make a healthy change that you can maintain for the long haul. That's when you are going to start seeing changes.

If you can't sustain your changes for 12 weeks, you're not gonna be happy with yourself.

Here's where I bitch it out.

If I am still hungry, I'm GONNA have seconds. Ya know why? Because if I deprive myself of whatever it is, it is going to make me want it that much more. I AM the type of person who will obsess about food. Once it's in my mind, I need to have it or I WILL eventually give in and go on a full scale binge. Mac and cheese? Gotta have it? Can't have it without people telling me how bad it is for me (which I already know, obviously)? I'll sneak out and eat it. 3 meals a day. For a goddamn week. That's not helpful.
As the nutritionist I saw explained it to me, it's OKAY to have seconds. As long as you are balancing it out. Don't just go back for seconds of the meat, or the great pasta... go back for a little bit of the meat, a little bit of the pasta, but DON'T FORGET THE VEGGIES. That way your body isn't overloaded with one kind of nutrient (carbs, protein, etc). If you are going to have a cheat meal, that's okay. JUST DON'T MAKE IT A PATTERN. As soon as you say "Wednesdays are my cheat day", that's a PATTERN. Then you start adding in an extra cheat day every week because Wednesday isn't a cheat day anymore.

Anyways, this is more of a reminder to myself than anything else. I can't let people's judging me when I have a slip up bring me down, I need to just tell myself "that's okay" and move forward.

Thanks for listening kids, I promise I won't have all my posts being about fat kid problems.


Michelle said...

You are so right, it is a lifestyle change! I can complain about my still flabby stomach and while part of it is due to having a baby seven weeks ago, I can guarantee you the cake, cheese crackers and other snacks sure do contribute! Until I learn to snack on more fruits and veggies, I really can't blame anyone but myself.

Nicole said...

Ugh I needed this post! lol. I along with half the world started Monday the 2nd @ the gym & eating BETTER. I Didn't want to to a fad diet or anything crazy because I too am the one you tell not eat a certain thing and I eat it times 10! So after what 8 days I lost about 4 pounds and was pissed off! I've been in the gym for 5 of those days and eating all kinds of better! Fed up I wanted to do something extreme! & I am not joking this post did me good! I need to be patient and do this right! Thank You! =D

Alison said...

Good luck! This was a great post. You are so right about cheating. I'm guilty of that. Thanks for posting!

Also, I tagged you in a post :)