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Hello Team! This has been a crazy, busy month for me. With graduations--both college and high school-- weddings, Mother’s Day, the hubby’s birthday and the month wrapping up with Memorial Day next weekend, let’s just say the challenge to stay on track is just that—a challenge. It seems as though every weekend is filled with something to do. And with those events come the foods that tempt me beyond words.
This begins week four of this challenge and I do hope you are all doing your best to integrate healthy habits into your lives so that you no longer have to think, you just do.
One of the toughest parts of this journey, or at least for me, was letting go of my need to be perfect. In the past, the minute I fell short of meeting my goal was the minute I would throw in the towel. If you do it enough times every day becomes a do-over, or so it felt to me. I became known as the ‘Do Over Queen’, a title that did not sit well with me.
Every day we have choices to make. It can make it difficult to stay on track if we don’t think about all the different scenarios we are confronted with ahead of time, especially if we don’t plan for those situations.
So what do we do when we don’t have control of the situation others put us in?
Below are a few ideas that may help you break the diet mentality.
-For me never allowing myself to get so hungry that I would lose sight on my goals was a big turning point.
-Wait at least 15 minutes before eating anything. Sometimes what we think is hunger is just appetite. What is Normal Eatling?
-Make sure you stay hydrated. Many times we confuse thirst with hunger when all our body needs is some good hydration.
-Never arrive to an event or party hungry.
-Keep healthy snacks such as raisins, nuts or a granola bar on hand.
-At parties or events, spend time talking. The more talking you do, the less time you have to eat.
-Do not deprive yourself of the foods you enjoy. When we deprive ourselves of those foods we enjoy many times this can actually trigger our desire to eat them. There is no such thing as good or bad foods, just choices. With good planning, all foods can be integrated into a healthy diet.Your challenge for the week is to list your own ideas on how you are breaking the diet mentality. By sharing your thoughts and ideas, hopefully we can all learn a little something new to carry us through this journey.
Until next week, HAPPY SPARKING! Keep on posting!
Edited by: SP_COACH_NANCY at: 5/23/2010 (11:09)