Since I got serious about losing weight and getting healthier, I’ve noticed that I’m always making something — a grocery list, a recipe, a goal for the day. I am learning that I must plan ahead if I’m going to succeed. This does not mean that I cannot be successful flying by the seat of pants.
On Day 1 of this series I relieved my sister of her care giving duties of our mother and have been camping out taking care of mom and watching over dad the last few days. I kind of stopped logging my food and I haven’t made the best choices. One would say it’s the enemy trying to prevent me from bringing you hope that you too can lose weight. But I believe it’s just normal life. That’s one reason why I love the “no food is off limits” way of eating. The power is really in my hands (and mouth) to choose what and when I will eat. Life goes on and I move with it knowing full well that one day I will reach my goal.Life goes on and I move with it knowing full well that one day I will reach my goal. Click To Tweet
Some of the things I do that help make me successful on this journey are:
- Make a Plan. I actually find myself planning ahead for meals, especially when it comes to lunches at work. I may plan to eat salads most days, or soup, or a sandwich on whole grain bread. If I plan to bring my lunch, then I’m less likely to drive to McDonald’s or Taco Bell and face making an unhealthy choice.
- Make a List. Other than making a grocery list each week, I have a dream list going of things I want to do as I lose the weight and get healthier. Some of the things on my list are playing with my grandsons on the floor and not feeling stuck there afterwards; riding a ride at an amusement park and not feeling embarrassed when the attendant has to come help me buckle up because my rolls are in the way; walking without pain (which is a lot better but still with me every day); walk up and down the stairs in my home without getting out of breath; looking at myself in the mirror and saying, “hello gorgeous!”.
- Make a Choice. I make choices every day, and it’s no different when it comes to food. Confession time: I went to Starbucks this morning and opted for a sugar-filled drink instead of my usual sugar-free drink. It was too sweet but it was good. I enjoyed it, logged it and moved on. I had a choice to make and this morning I chose to have more calories and more sugar than I did yesterday. But that’s okay. Those drinks are few and far between now, but I still enjoy them and I don’t allow myself to feel guilty over the choices I make. My weight loss may be slower than some, but it’s a good pace for me.
What types of things do you make to help you succeed on your journey? I would love it if you shared a comment so we can discuss more.
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