Take it from me, I had a great time on that get slim quick diet a few years ago, the only problem was that it was grueling and afterward I gained it all back plus more. Right, exactly, don’t do that, it’s sooo not fun. Creating achievable goals are best. The goal is not to rush, but to maintain your progress incrementally over time.
One great thing I enjoy is journaling. You can use a journal to think about how you feel on a particular day, or you may want to ponder questions, write your goals or anything that’s been happening in your day. Keep it as an extra resource on your journey.
I think it is best if you get rid of the unhealthy foods in your cupboard….even if that means you have to wait a week or so before you start. It’s always good to have a clean start. It’s like a breath of fresh air and it signals newness. Don’t get me wrong, I don’t want you to feel restricted, I just want you to start with a mindset toward something fresh and new to experience. Lastly, if you throw back some appetizer poppers at a party don’t judge yourself, just make a better choice the next time. Boom.
We are bound to get an inkling for a snack or lunch on the run. I found it helpful to carry a collapsible meal kit. I make sure to put healthy high protein snacks like almonds, pistachio’s, blueberries, broccoli, grapes, sliced apples, etc. Also, prepare ahead of time if you plan to eat at a restaurant. Browse and make sure the menu aligns to your new way of eating.
Also, I love to track my food and walking journey, for me the motivation is great. Plus it just keeps me focused on who I really want to be. Sometimes I walk with friends and other times I walk alone. Both can be invigorating. Try it and see what you think.
Please do not get discouraged if you have not moved the needle on your health journey as far as you had hoped just yet. Activate your mindful practices and keep going back to the mat or the track. It usually takes a few months before we have a consistent behavior habit.
You may have to shift a bit at times, but stay motivated, keep eating healthy, and just keep finding what works best for you.