Friday, June 22, 2012
In the beginning of trying to lose weight much of it is that you're so used to eating a certain way and you don't think that other foods would taste good. "Veggies Yuck!"
I'm sure many of you didn't eat breakfast and if you're like I was, you wouldn't get hungry until near or after lunch. "Why eat breakfast? I don't need breakfast, I'm not hungry."
Then there is the "I ate too much already, why stop now?" thought.
Don't forget the "I'll never like exercise, I'd rather watch tv."
There's the internal "I'm worthless" thought that most of us heard in school, mean kids...
That's a lot to overcome to even start to get on the way to a healthier lifestyle. If you've just started, it might be overwhelming to get past all those thoughts. If you've been doing this for a while, some of those thoughts come creeping back again.
No matter where you are in the process, take them one thought at a time. Start with breakfast every morning, no matter what else you do. It's really a good way to start the day and can lead to good decisions the rest of the day.
Once you've been doing it for a while and succeeding for a while, then the jealous people start making their minds known bringing you back down. "You look too skinny, you don't need to lose more weight." This causes you to start doubting yourself again.
They provide all your favorite junk foods and parade them in front of you tempting you and sometimes even adding the words to go with it "why don't you try this, I know you like it".
There will be people that want to spend time with them that always conflicts with the time you have set for exercising and take up more time than you wish because you've gotten used to moving and they like to remain sedentary.
You just have to remind yourself that you're worth keeping up the journey. Slipping is ok, just don't fall down completely and forget to get back up. Stick up for yourself.
One more type of thing that might happen is a life crisis. Someone might die or get into bad health that you need to take care of. You may have to suddenly move or have planned on it for a while. You might gain a major issue like I did this week with the bed bugs or like the lice we had early in the school year (which is why my hair was so short in the first picture). Your kids might be going to college and you're starting to find out what it is to live at home without the kids. You may be the one heading off to college or moving out on your own and starting to have to make your own decisions with no backup. There are tons of ways for life to mess with you.
It may be harder to cope when you have a life crisis or major change, but it too can be overcome.
"I can't" is not in my vocabulary. Even children know they can control what happens to their bodies. Remember the picky age? Even if you don't have kids, you've heard someone complain that the kids won't eat anything but hot dogs and mac n cheese.
You have control over your body. Don't let the mental demons control your body. You know what to do to help it be healthier. You can learn how to eat anywhere the best you can. Even if fast food is your only choice that day, they provide nutritional information for a reason, be sure to read it. Don't let other's words or actions sway you from your goal. Your actions will only help or hurt YOU in the end.
The only thing that should be going in your mind and should be louder than any other thought is "I am worth it!" Keep chanting it and it will come true. All those other things will be part of your past. Even if you slip, say it again "I am worth it!" and start again in the next moment. You don't have to overcompensate for a horrible lunch, keep going with your plan for the rest of the day and move on. "I am worth it!"
I believe that "You Are Worth It!"