I just enjoyed a delicious baked fish dinner - my mother is a wonderful cook. However, as always, I am left with cravings. When trying to decide what to write about, I usually go with whatever has been troubling me the most recently - guilty pleasures.
The key to my weight loss has been an overall lifestyle change without depriving myself. I allow myself a guilty pleasure every once in awhile, but lately I've been allowing myself too much. Unfortunately this is an outrageously easy thing to do. You can start by allowing yourself a single piece of chocolate, and next thing you know you're eating chocolate all the time again.
Before you know it, you're sitting on the steps of your front porch because you just broke the porch swing and you're thinking about the good ol' days when you were only 100 pounds overweight instead of 275.
...Okay, so maybe I'm exaggerating a little, but it's still an easy situation to get wrapped up in again. Especially if you're like me, She Who Eats Her Emotions.
(As an aside, I did break my mother's swing once, ironically after I'd lost thirty pounds. Her swing was just rude.)
So once you've been swept up in old habits again, how can you break out? For some people it's harder the second time, for others, it's easier. That isn't the point.
When you're having cravings, I think the key here is to focus on keeping yourself busy, so a pop to the kitchen isn't as tempting. Try your best to last the entire day, and once you fall asleep, it will be a little less difficult the next day and you'll feel proud of yourself instead of incredibly let down and disappointed.
Something that has helped me is this: Read the labels of everything you eat, or plan on eating. It's true that ignorance is bliss, but if you know just how many calories are actually in the food, you might feel just a little less tempted to eat it, or more willing to only allow yourself a small serving instead of the whole thing.
And remember, cutting back on calories isn't going to mean a thing if you don't put in the effort to exercise by any means possible. If you're not active, your body is going to store what calories you eat as fat to make up for the lack of energy.
I hope everyone is having an easier time than I am at the moment, but if it's the same or if it's beginning to feel impossible, don't give up! No matter how hard it gets for me, I never lose my inspiration. When you pick up that extra slice of pizza, think about how much better you're going to feel when you get the weight off, then think about how that extra pizza is only going to stall you from reaching that goal.
Eat healthily, occasionally allow yourself a small treat, but refrain from overdoing it. Weight loss is more satisfying than a candybar.
Published On: January 15, 2010