Happy Friday To You All
So today is day 5 of 28 of the join me and lose weight for good plan. How are you doing so far? I had an horrendous nights sleep last night. I could just not get off to sleep. It was actually light when I fell asleep which isn’t good. It also explains why this morning I’m wanting to go mad with the comfort eating and am craving the biscuits, toast etc. I would like to say though I’ve not eaten either. So far I’ve had two black coffees and one meal replacement shake. I also had it an hour earlier than usual too which may explain why I’ve got the munchies now. But as I have said before you can not change the habit of a lifetime overnight or with the click of the fingers. It takes patience and lots of determination and this is what today’s post is all about.
Day 5 of 28 of the Join Me And Lose Weight For Good Plan
We will all have wobbles while on a very low calorie diet (VLCD) it’s inevitable. We have been so used to just stuffing our faces with whatever we want to and whenever we want to. I was the worlds worst. I could get through a fresh loaf of bread in a day on top of everything else.
Being At Home
A big challenge is being at home. When at work you can take your shakes with you and plan your day. When you are at home working or otherwise you are in temptations way. I know you have temptations at work or a lot of people do but I think it is easier to resist that temptation compared to the ones at home when you are relaxing and doing your own thing.
Cooking For The Family
Cooking food for your family, food that you used to eat and love, can be so difficult. Then afterwards watch them sit and eat it. Some people find this harder than others. I’m lucky now in that I only have one child left at home and she eats at friends or out quite a lot. I think this is a good time however to start introducing healthier meals to your family in readiness for your transfer over to normal food. Note I said normal food and not your usual food. There is a difference. You know you can’t carry on with your old eating habits or you will be back to where you started and we don’t want that.
I hated doing this at the start everything was a constant reminder of my old habits. Straightaway I noticed all the things that I would usually pick up without even thinking about it. I had moments where I felt as if I was mourning the loss of a loved one. How ridiculous is that? Those first few shops were a nightmare. I don’t know about you but I always have a certain way I would walk around the supermarket. I had to change that as I found it best just to not walk past the stuff at all. Easier said then done when you are also buying for your family. I’ve started using chewing gum while I do the shopping. Preferably a minty one then it kind of displaces the memories so to speak of the tastes.
For me this is the cinema. I love going to the cinema I always have since a child. To me going to the cinema means sweet popcorn (large) diet coke (large) bag of malteasers (large) and I won’t lie I miss it. Now however before I go I chop up one of my meal replacement bars into smallish cubes and eat those instead so that I don’t feel left out. I have been thinking recently though of making kale crisps (I may do this for the blog actually). That way you can have a one off treat and it is something better for you than popcorn. I used to eat loads of popcorn thinking it was low fat which of course it is but unfortunately it is very carby which isn’t what we want.
Date Night/Friends Outing
It’s going to happen. There will be a day when you are invited for a meal. You can’t put your life on hold especially if it is a birthday or a special occasion. What I would advise in this instance is to look online and see if you can see the menu before you get there so you know what you want straightaway. Most restaurants can tailor meals to suit you within reason obviously. I personally would have a steak with a portion of salad, green beans, or tender stem broccoli. Don’t even look at the desert menu.
Plan… Plan… And Plan…
All the above are challenges and there will be a lot more as we all lead such varied lives. The best way to deal with these is to plan for all eventualities. Be prepared.. Keep a bar in your bag for emergencies. I’ve got a small beaker with a wire shaker ball inside for mixing. I have used a permanent marker to mark a point on the beaker where I need to fill the water to. This is then ready to grab from home in an instant. Might sound unnecessary but this year I’ve needed to grab it twice due to family members going into A&E.
Focusing on your goals is one way to stay in control of what goes into your mouth. Try writing a list of how you will feel when you have reached your goal. But write it as if it has already happened. As an example: I feel great in my size 12 jeans today. I am looking so much younger and slimmer. You get the picture? And picture takes me to the next thing if you have a photo of yourself at the weight you want to be again put it somewhere you will see it on a regular basis. Either the fridge door, biscuit barrel. Do whatever it takes to keep you focussed. The ability to focus on your end goal is extremely important.
Thank you for reading Day 5 of 28 of the Join Me And Lose Weight For Good Plan. Finally remember you need to be in control of the food and not let the food be in control of you. Ultimately, it’s your choice of what goes into your mouth then onto your hips.
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Weekend is here.. woohoo yes here comes the sun (fingers crossed). Hope you all have a great weekend.