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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“Sometimes I’m gonna have to lose”. I know that doesn’t sound very motivating, but I’ve been trying to come to terms with this…as a fact…as a part of life. “Sometimes I’m gonna have to lose.”

I’m trying to figure out, how do I integrate that ‘fact’ into my day to day, week to week, month to month…life. There will be ups and downs, mood swings, good days, bad days…that’s part of life. And if I’m being honest, I know that I can be an emotional eater at times. It’s something I struggle with and am working on. But in the meantime I realize that sometimes I’m going to have a bad day or week or just not be feeling the ‘fitness thing’ for whatever reason because you know what, life isn’t always roses, it will take a shit on you every once in a while. And when that happens I might go get a Snickers…or go order like 5 things at the Cheesecake Factory, but I think admitting that it’s going to happen can help a great deal. I think that if I know there will be times that I “have to lose” then I won’t feel so bad about it. I won’t let it discourage me so much and I won’t beat myself up over it.

Okay, I splurged, whatever, let’s move on.

I’m reminding myself today…there’s always another mountain…and it’s all about the climb.

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