My short video turned into a long one, I think that is going to become a habit.
If you are finding it hard to get on track because there are temptations at home from your family or at work from your colleagues then you need to do something about it. You may have tried to get healthy before so your peers may not take you seriously at first, just another fad.. No. Not this time. Make sure you are clear in your intentions and that you know it will be better for you and in the long run for them if some/all of the temptations are removed. If your housemate/partner eats all the stuff you ‘can’t’ eat in front of you, they are not helping. Tell them so, they possibly shouldn’t be having it either anyway!
They may support you by making sure you don’t have those things, and they might still eat them. Not very helpful but you have to be confident that what you are doing is eating the right foods, working towards your goal and sticking to your plan. You will be so proud when you achieve your goals. The great thing, you’ll get used to not having those unhealthy things, you will get to a point where you don’t want them anymore!
But how do you start? I think its very important to know what your food habits are when you’re eating ‘normally’. Keeping a food diary can get you started. When you eat, write down:
1. The time
3. How much?
4. Why?! How hungry are you?
5. How are you feeling? eg. stressed, excited, anxious, upset, tired…
From this information, you will be able to work out your emotional triggers, the times of day when you are flagging, whether your mood affects your portion size, whether your hunger affects your portion size, are you a midnight snacker, a breakfast skipper and so on…
From this information, work out how many calories you have a day, just a rough estimate is fine or use an app or a website to work it all out. Then start making small changes. No don’t eat rabbit Food?! No! You can work your diet so that you don’t feel like a small furry animal and are not feeling like you are starving yourself! Start to educate yourself on the content of the foods you eat often and find alternatives if necessary.
It will be hard at first, but be consistent. I can’t really see my changes when I look in the mirror but this is my motivation to carry on… in just 4 weeks I did this…
When you want to give up, remember why you started.
If one or more things that I said struck a chord with you then remember them, was there something that I said that you thought yes I should do that?