I see it every time I look in the mirror. The same dress that would hug my body in all the right places, it’s now trying to strangle it!
I can’t stand hate in my life. All the diets wickedly encourage people to hate the food they love. I think we know from the Shakespeare tragedy that this is not going to end well.
I wrote this article for those who want to get rid of the hate in their lives, boost their confidence, and become stronger.
I confess: I love food: pork ribs, sausages, fries, eggs, chocolate, brownies, donuts, cake 🙂 Oh, and Cola…every day!
I also love my short summer dress I got on my last vacation. Lately, I don’t feel the reciprocity so much anymore…
Here are 9 steps I follow from time to time, when the clouds of fatness are covering my beach body:
- Set a very specific goal: “I want to lose 8 pounds by June 23rd, when I will go on vacation. Without a specific goal it’s much harder to make any kind of sacrifice.”
- Set up an approximate eating program that I must follow in one day. I think it’s important to eat 5 times a day.
- Morning: This is the time to go crazy. Some nutritionists believe that breakfast should be the most consistent meal of the day. I prepare it the evening before, so that I have it ready in the morning when I wake up. This makes me excited about waking up!
- Between meals I eat something light, like a fruit, or yogurt.
- Noon: I try to eat as healthy as I can: fish, vegetables, soup, chicken, fish. Just don’t overeat though. And I skip the dessert.
- Between meals, again, I take an apple, or other fruits. Or drink a yogurt.
- Evening: at dinner, I also choose something healthy, and I eat less than a normal size portion.
- Later in the evening, to trick myself I drink a cup of tea, or a glass of wine. Or, why not, some yogurt again.
- I break the plan into smaller chunks of time and check the progress periodically. I weight myself each week. Seeing progress makes me happy and motivates me to continue. Also, it’s easier to think about eating like this for 5 days at a time than for a month.
- Reward yourself! I take a day of week to reward myself. I chose Saturday, and that’s when I eat all the things I’ve been craving for during the week. For me it’s popcorn! Chocolate! Cola! Ice cream!
- The hardest day is the first day. For me it’s like a psychological step. After the first day, I feel so strong that I believe I can do this!
- No exceptions. It’s so important! Even if it’s a colleague’s birthday and he brings goodies to work, or if I am going out tonight.
- Try to drink lots of water. I can see my skin drying, or I feel an overall sense of dryness if I don’t drink water. Around 2 liters per day.
- The evenings are the hardest for me. Sitting on the couch and watching TV, or browsing on my laptop, all I want to do is eat. In these moments I try to think: This is it! In this moment I am losing weight. I don’t want to ruin this. How strong am I! Also, I think about what I’m going to eat in the morning. If there’s something I need to prepare, like pasta, or other dish, I enjoy cooking it and thinking of eating it next morning. This makes me very happy, opposite to how I would feel if I were to eat it then.
- Look for ways to keep yourself busy so you don’t think about food. Like, I am doing some small tasks that I’ve been delaying. I feel a sense of satisfaction and I no longer think about what I have in the fridge. Or, I am developing a hobby. I always wanted to paint and draw. I started to study this area and I spend most of the evenings or free time painting and drawing. The time just flies!
With this strategy I lose approximately 2 pounds a week.
Follow this and you’ll have love in your live!
Important note: Maintain the love! After I’ve reached my goal, I need to keep my weight under permanent supervision. I weight myself weekly, and if I see the indicator going up, all I have to do if follow the above steps. The closer eye I keep on the scale, the shorter are the “dieting” periods.