Dieting is defined as a “special course of food one restricts oneself to lose weight”. BUT losing weight, getting healthy, toning up is NOT about dieting. It truly is a mental game!
How many times do you eat a 100% on track, exercise for at least 30 minutes each day for 6 days in a week only to not have the scale move that week and GAWK if the scale goes up!
How many “quick fixes” are you guilty of trying? Weight loss pills, detoxes, cleanses and others? There are NO quick fixes – you have to work to lose weight and keep it off!
How many times do you get on the treadmill or elliptical (or any other cardio machine) and just stroll through it and not pushing yourself or your body into a fat burning mode? (aka: sweating)!
How many times do you start a new routine only to get bored with it after a few days?
And let’s not forget, how many times do we compare ourselves to our family, friend or anyone else on social media?
Keep these tips in mind to help keep your head in the game and to not fall into the vicious cycle of losing weight becoming a mental fight!
* Focus on eating healthy foods ~ less processed and packaged foods; more fruits and vegetables, more lean proteins, moderate carb intake and more healthy fats. Those 100 calorie packs loading our grocery store shelves are nothing but empty calories ~ they won’t hold you over long!
* Strive to eat 5-6 smaller meals throughout the day.
* Focus on exercise ~ consisting of cardio (you have got to sweat!) and strength training (you have to build those muscles to keep that metabolism going strong) ~ for at least 30 minutes 5 days a week.
* Stay away from the sugary drinks ~ have water (and fill with lemon, lime, mint, orange, etc.) and hot and iced tea (unsweetened).
* Take some time each day ~ even if it is only 5 minutes ~ to be quiet, journal, have a cup of tea. Just reflect on what is going well with your journey, maybe identify something to work on improving, just be still.
When you feel like you hit a bump in the road or a mental roadblock, reach out to me and let me help you get over that hump.