Figuring out how to lose weight seems simple right? Calories in versus calories out. Yep, simple. Well, not if you love food which, let's face it, isn't that why most of us are here? We love food and we don't know when to stop eating it.
Tell me if you can relate to these...
You had a long day. You're tired. You don't want to eat what you had planned on eating even though its healthy because you don't want to cook when you get home. So you stop at McDonalds. You're in line thinking about what you're going to eat behind a few cars. You decide on a hamburger and a side salad with water. Okay, you tell yourself, you're not cooking tonight but it doesn't mean that you can't choose something fairly healthy. You feel happy with your decision. You get to the window, you see value meal number one, blurt it out with the usual large coke and large fries and pull on through. You start eating it as soon as you get the bag and by the time you're home, it's gone. You wonder - what happened to the willpower before I got to the order screen? You feel guilty and go to bed.
Your friends invite you out for dinner. You're going to your favorite place. You tell yourself that you are going to splurge a little since you're out with friends but you'll get a doggie bag. You get there, everyone starts ordering. You get an appetizer to share. Of course, you eat it. You get a glass of wine too. Then dinner comes and you end up eating the whole meal with another glass of wine. By the time your evening is finished, you feel full and bloated and yet, what happened? You did have a plan.
You purchase a half gallon of ice cream at the store. You come home and measure out 1/2 cup for dessert. You feel good about your choice. Thirty minutes later you've measured out 4 more bowls so now you've eaten 5 servings and you're over 600 calories and that again fuels guilt.
I am sure a lot of us have been here. The question is, how do we get better at this? How do we get to a point where our willpower gets stronger? I've read that the more you fuel the willpower the stronger it becomes. I have not found that true yet but I can't give up the hope on that and neither can you.
I tallied my calories over the last 90 days and you can see, my willpower is low. I need to get some UMPH! some BACKBONE! some POWER!
I am not sure if you can see it or not, but the red line is supposed to be my max # of 1500. I am over more than not. In fact, some days were so bad that I just didn't load my food at all so who knows how bad this chart could look. This must change if I am going to make serious progress before Thanksgiving.
I came across the perfect picture today to sum up this magical equation!