monday motivation : eat what you want

I’ve come to a conclusion…diets that exclude certain foods don’t work. Well, I should say they don’t last. One time I lost 40 lbs by excluding carbs and sugars…but the weight came back. Excluding food doesn’t teach you how to manage the food, on an ongoing basis, controlling your calories no matter what you choose to eat. Also, depriving yourself of something and saying ‘I can’t have that’ takes your focus off what’s important. You spend more time focusing on the things you’re not allowed to eat instead of focusing on what you can eat. I’ve also found that I tend to want what I can’t have so the small craving for what I’m excluding turns into a massive craving and that usually doesn’t end well.

So I had this drink on Saturday. I managed it, along with a couple of others, within my alloted calories for that day…and I still lost a pound over the weekend. I had whatever I wanted and it was great…I just did it within my allotted calories for the day.

That’s why this topic is a motivator today. Knowing that I can eat whatever I want helps to keep me motivated! I just tweak my nutrition & exercise throughout the day to manage my calories to a deficit. It’s hard enough trying to change your body through this process…I don’t need added stress over a craving for a piece of chocolate…so the ‘keep it simple’ idea really works here.

Eat whatever you want and be motivated!

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I believe in me

The last few weeks have been difficult for me. Challenges that I’ve had at work and with friends have resulted in challenges with my fitness plan. These compounded at the same time and at times I’ve been angry with people and myself, hurt by people, disappointed in people, my employer, and myself, and depressed. It’s been a tough few weeks. I’ve felt like I’ve been dog-paddling to keep my head above water while various people in a boat are dumping buckets of water on me.

Through all of this I’ve been reminded of one of the first big lessons I ever learned…people will let you down. The part I never really moved on to, until now, is perhaps what the rest of that is. If you can’t depend on people, who (or what) are you gonna depend on? It’s like they say on the airplanes when they’re talking about that hypothetical ‘falling out of the sky’ scenario, put your own air mask on before helping anyone else. You have to help yourself before you can help anyone else…or another way of saying it is, you better believe in yourself before you believe in anyone else. And you know what, the other passengers might let you down if you wait around for them to help you.

So today I’m reciting this over and over and over again…’I believe in me’. It’s simple, but so powerful that sometimes I can’t get it out, especially for someone with a lifetime of self-conscience issues and self-doubt. But my friends have proven to me that they won’t always be there. And my employer has proven to me that they may not even want me anymore.

I have to be grounded in me.

I have to be focused on me.

I have to be motivated for me.

Even though others may have the best intentions, I have to believe in me…if I don’t, who will?

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