I hate when people who have been skinny their entire life tell me what I’m doing wrong in my diet. Like how would they know? They’ve ate bad and they’ve ate well, and either way they are still skinny. It annoys the bajeesus outta’ me!
So I did a little research and this un skinny chic is going to tell you what your doing wrong…because I’m learning from experience!
1. Pace Yourself. They say “slow and steady wins the race” and it has literally taken me years to figure this out! Every time I would get some motivation to start eating right, and working out again – I’d hit the floor running. Now if you think about it runners don’t do that. They start off at a slow jog, they work up to a faster pace. They are steady. Disciplined. Patient. (All of the things that I am not..) They are looking more then just the few feet in front of them, they are pacing themselves for the entire race (or for us dieters – the rest of our lives).
How to slow it down. Set short term, and long term goals. Don’t jump on the treadmill your first day back with a goal of a 5 mile jog. You’ll be soo sore you won’t be back on it for another week! Start off with a mile or 2, and alternate between a fast walk and a jog. Work your way up, and in no time at all you’ll be running those 5 miles – and getting back on tomorrow to do it again!
2. Your eating too much; or not enough. Since I am one to jump on the bandwagon pretty quickly, I have a tendency to under eat when I first start back to my weight loss. Not eating enough, not only puts your metabolism on shut down mode but also makes for one cranky Mama (or Daddy). Making sure you eat enough calories – but not too much is key.
Think that salad is a healthy option? Some salads have as many calories as a Big Mac! When your on a weight loss journey you take your calorie counter as seriously as you do your check book register. You account for each and every calorie. Don’t guess – take the time to measure your portions. You’ll be glad you did.
3. Your hanging out with sabotager’s. According to a recent study, self-control (or lack of) is contagious. So those friends who constantly tell you “you deserve it, you’ve worked soo hard this week”, “come on, just one bite” or “you’ve lost enough already”.. No bueno! RUN! Stay away! Hang out with friends who are going to respect your decision to eat healthy, and be healthy. Ones who are going to go to Subway with you instead of the Burger Shack. I’m not saying to ditch your friends completely – but you are a recovering foodie – and you need time to get your strength up to say NO!
4. Your not getting enough sleep – or too much. Sleep might not feel like it it adds much to your diet and exercise program, but studies show that proper sleeping habits are essential for maintaining a healthy weight. Although it’s not totally clear why a lack of sleep can cause weight gain, one recent study showed that sleep-deprived people eat more — about 550 calories more — throughout the day than those who are well-rested. Lack of sleep can be as dangerous to a dieter as too much.
5. You don’t believe in yourself. It’s been a hard week, it’s Friday night and all you can think about is that loaded pizza and a few cold ones. You give yourself the “OK'” by telling yourself you’ll never get there anyway, and you might as well enjoy the food because your never going to be able to enjoy the ‘skinny’. Trust me I know you’ve thought it. I’ve done this myself. But don’t give up! The lack of motivation turns into lack of discipline which leads to some really bad decision. In food, fitness, and about every other aspect of your life. Stay confident – your only a few months or weeks away from that weight, or size you’ve been reaching for. Don’t give up!
I found this video about our eating habits and I wanted to share! Definitely some good info!
I like these tips. I think I do some of these things and I appreciate your sharing this info. Maybe, now I will be more successful in my dieting.
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