I am not going to preach to an empty chapel. There’s nothing wrong with fat or sugar or carbs or protein, paleo or Atkins or Mediterranean or or or. There is something wrong however if you are no longer comfortable in not only your clothes but your own skin.Gaining weight changes you, not just your outside but your inside too. You not only become more sluggish but more irritable and less desirable for no one else but yourself.
So you have to change something. You don’t need a walking office treadmill, or a medicine ball to sit on, nor the the newest miracle pill. What you need is the internal motivation and drive to care about yourself more then you care about the food you are about to consume.
No one can watch you 24/7, even prisons have trouble with that, so what you need to do is watch yourself. Know what you are doing wrong to want to change it.
Don’t just go for the apple instead of the chips as you know you will want those chips later on, have a few from someone else and move on. My father used to tell me the greatest way to lose weight is to walk away from the table but we no longer only eat at tables. We eat in closets, at desks, outside, in restaurants..which is a table but no one removes a plate until it’s finished so that doesn’t help.
You need to think as you take a bite of something…do I want this? Am I worth the results I want to see in myself. You will think “I am not, there’s no point” But there is a point. You are the point because you want to feel good about you.
Your goals have to be realistic. If you work on the 31st floor, saying I will take the stairs is just not realistic but how about actually packing a healthy lunch, save money and truly not snacking at night time? That’s doable.
Recognize when you are stress eating. Often we eat not because we are hungry but because we are bored or stressed. Not only that but when we are stressed we don’t metabolize food as we should, so our body stores the fat…isn’t that wonderful..storing when we want it the least!I recently found myfitnesspal app a wonderful tool to track what I take in and don’t starve yourself. It is important to eat. You can slip up but that’s ok because you didn’t slip up, it’s lifestyle changes, as long as you realise it’s ok.
This isn’t I’m going to lose 5lbs it’s I’m going to make chicken and salad for lunch and “if I go out for lunch, I will plan ahead”. Look online what the menu is and think what is best for your body and mind. Feel free to leave over some of it…it’s okay. I love big portions but the reality is… they often are too big. As well, don’t eat at night, supper is supper and then you are done. Small goals each day make it easier and more realistic to make your bigger goals.
Remember as well, free is free for a reason, because it isn’t worth anything. When the free food is left in the office, or the muffins and donuts served in a meeting… Don’t touch it!! It’s free. If you are a germaphobe think “who the heck has been touching it??” If your not, become one. The same goes for networking events. You know you will never get full off of the horderves so don’t eat them. Plan your meal after or before but don’t eat during…unless it’s a sit down event, then just literally watch what you eat and ask the waiter in advance what is being server. Think before you put what’s in your mouth.
Believe in yourself and know you are worth it and you can do it, if you really want to. You don’t NEED to be at the gym to lose weight and feel great, you just need to change your frame of mind.