Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Ten Diet Tips

I haven't given up on my healthier lifestyle. It is actually going really good!  I am very excited that I  hit a milestone.....


30 lbs lost!! {happy dance}  

Things are becoming so much easier now that I am creating new habits.  I don't have very many cravings anymore . I can actually watch other people eat things that I used to love and not cheat and have them myself.  I also love the new program that I am doing.  Yes, things are going really well.

For weeks I have been working on this post.  The tips are from Chris Powell with my own personal experience.  These are things I am glad he brought to my attention and they are working for me.

#1 Believing!
I had to learn to believe in myself.  I had failed so many times at different diet plans, and lost and gained the same weight, I really couldn't see myself succeeding.  You have to believe in yourself!  You alone have to make up in your mind that you are going to do this for yourself! A healthier you!

#2 Keep Your Promises
This reminded me of the many New Year's Resolutions that I made.  They lasted a few weeks and I was right back at my horrible habits.  Don't let yourself down by not keeping your promises.  If you succeed, it will be because you kept them!

#3 Make Small Promises
Don't set yourself up for failure.  Make small promises and once you reach that goal, add another.  One small promise that I set was to eat breakfast.  That was so hard for me, yet I have finally made it a habit.  Each day I have a nutritious smoothie to start my day.  Another is to walk at least 10,000 steps a day.  It was a small thing, that now I can easily attain.

#4 You Can Fall without Failing
I have lost track of how many times I have fallen.   I would kick myself and get so upset when I failed.  Then I would binge eat and gain everything I lost back.  Now I have come to realize that slip ups will happen!  You just have to make sure that when you fall, you get back up!   It is not failure as long as you get back up and get back on track.

#5  Unite
It is so important that you get friends and family to support you!  It helps to have someone to be accountable to.  I have numerous people around me that encourage me or are there when I need a little shove in the right direction.  Let them be a part of your success!

#6  Keep it Convenient
One of the biggest areas that people fail in, is that they get busy and grab food on the go.  That is why it is so important to keep it convenient.  Plan meals ahead and haven them ready to go in the refrigerator.    Then all you have to do is warm them up.  I have found that very helpful. 

#7  Shakes
I mentioned this earlier.  I now have added protein shakes to my day.  It is one way that I get a meal with all of my nutrients.  It is also a nice treat! I feel like I am eating ice cream when I blend it with ice.  Yummm!

#8  Feed Your Cells
It is so important to add variety to your meals.  Eat your vegetables, which is a great way to feed your cells.   Think green!

#9  Hydrate! Hydrate!
This is one area that I really struggled in!! Drinking Water! You are suppose to drink half of your body weight in ounces.  So if you weigh 150, you should drink 75 ounces of water.  It is so important to the success of your weight loss and becoming healthier.  I really don't care for water, so one way I reach my goal is to add flavor drop ins.  I now have no problem drinking all of my water.

#10  Exercise! Give me 5!
In the book, Chris Powell encourages you to exercise just five minutes a day.  That is nothing!  You will find yourself easily adding 5 minutes hear and another five minutes there.  I now spend at least 90 mins at the gym.  If I don't make it to the gym that day, I try to make sure I get my 10, 000 steps in.  Exercise has been a key to my weight loss.  At my age, the weight just doesn't come off without it!

 I have found these tips to be very helpful to reaching my goals so far.  My changes are finally becoming habits and I so excited to finally see the changes that I have been longing to see. didn't gain the weight overnight.  And you won't lose it overnight!

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