February 12, 2014

Getting Back On Track With Your Diet

I don't ever really do health posts on the blog, but I've been thinking about this topic for a while so I figured I'd write it once and for all.

This weekend I went to Boston to visit a few friends in the city. To say I stuck to my diet would be a lie. We ate uncontrollably - not a lot, just a lot of crap. I'm the kind of person who's really dedicated when she doesn't have things to tempt me - so my dorm room has zero snacks or unhealthy food so I won't be tempted to indulge in just one block of a chocolate, cause we know it never really ends that way.

But Briana, who I stayed by, doesn't have this issue: she stocked up her apartment especially for my visit and I feel like I gained 10 pounds in three days. (Side note: thank God I didn't…) I had an amazing weekend despite the falling off track with my diet. I felt so completely unmotivated when I came home on Sunday night, and quite frankly upset that I let myself fall off the wagon like that, but I decided to write this instead. So for those days you're feeling like I did on Sunday..

{one} step on the scale: 
I normally don't recommend this, especially if you're trying to get back to where you were, but get on the scale.. once. not twice, not three times, not every five seconds like I tend to do. Hop on and check out just how much you gained - if you even gained any - sometimes we just think we put on ten pounds. But check if you gained, and work from there. 

{two} focus on how you feel:
After my really bad weekend, I realized I felt bad not because of how much I consumed, just that my body wasn't used to so many carbs or fried foods or even junk food. Instead of worrying about what I ate, I started focusing on how I felt and how my body felt, and I went straight back into health mode to beat that feeling.

{three} don't put it off:
We always do it - we break our diet on a Tuesday and assume we can't start over until Monday and then eat like crap all week. That's not true. Your diet can start any day you want. You can have a bad day - just make sure you're keeping track of it - and continue the day after. It's not that hard. 

{four} cut out temptation: 
I know, I know - it's hard to stay on track with three bags of potato chips and a party-size bag of M&Ms in your pantry. Get rid of it -  or if you don't want to be wasteful, hide it. Share it with friends, donate it, or just dump it, but if you know you're likely to fall off the wagon, then get rid of it. 

{five} allow yourself a break:
It happens to me all the time - I'll be craving a piece of chocolate, and to deny myself I'll eat three granola bars, a bag of popcorn and an apple, just so that I don't feel for that one piece of chocolate. Well guess what? I still feel for it, and chances are I'll probably indulge. If you're feeling for something - have it.. in moderation. Want a chocolate bar? Take a bite. Want ice cream? Get a one-scoop. You don't have to deny yourself something - because it won't make a difference at the end of the day. 

So seriously, stop giving yourself such a hard time and get back on track - it's not that hard. Don't wait till Monday cause whoever made up that idea that diets can only start at the beginning of the week is stupid.. Good luck, y'all.

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6 comments:

  1. Thank you for this! I really need to get better at all of this and start focusing on my diet!

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  3. I'm literally in the same boat. Had to force myself to the gym today (I'm one of this people who thinks if I break it on a Tuesday then I can't start over until Monday lol) reading this made me realize that I'm glad I came to the gym!

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  4. I was fabulous all the way till X'mas and then all hell broke loose. Beginning with that X'mas brunch at the club, I couldn't stop eating and at my age, crap or no crap if it is too much, it means disaster! My husband is the 'I am fit and lean soon to be Tony Harton fitness King' guy and it is so intimidating but still the food keeps calling..

    Great read!

    Mrs Jack Of All Trades
    Dubai, UAE
    www,mjoat.com

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  5. Great tip! Really well written too!

    ~Ashley @ A Cute Angle
    acutelifestyle.blogspot.com

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