Hello 2014! How’s she been treating you so far?
For me, so far so good. I’m back in Stamford, CT and currently trying to survive the polar vortex. The chance to declare something new always excites me. This year my New Year’s Res is to have less self-doubt, be more confident, and no second guessing my first feeling or decision.
But it hasn’t always been like that, I’ve spent most of my life having a ton of doubt about how much I weighed and what I looked like. For 15 years my New Year’s Resolution was always the same, to lose weight and finally stick to a diet. I guess after 15 years of never making that happen I finally learned my lesson:)
Anyway – If you’re thinking that this will be the year you lose weight, get in shape, stick to a diet, I hope you do. I sincerely hope you prove me wrong and a diet does work for you and you do lose 20lbs in a month. But if you’re like me, and no diet has ever worked, in fact most diets cause you to gain weight, and you stop going to the gym 3 weeks into the new year this time of year can make you feel worse about yourself and not better.
So I thought I would share with you a few things that I started to do that helped me to quit dieting for good, love the way I look right now, and stop making a New Year’s Resolution I could never keep. If this is the year YOU want to break the cycle of dieting, stop hating yourself every time you put on a pair of jeans, and stop binge eating, I hope one of these suggestions works.
Good luck and please feel free to share your New Year’s Resolution with me or your journey into losing weight and loving your body. xo, Frase
My new approach to weight lose and loving my body:
Am I really hungry? – I ask myself this question before I eat anything, I finally know what my real hunger feels like. Grumbling in my stomach or a real drop in energy.
I replace negative self talk with positive – every single time that voice in my head tells me I’m ugly, no one will ever love me at the size I’m at, I STOP. IMMEDIATELY. And tell myself one positive thing about my body. I don’t have cancer, I’m strong, my body is healthy…
I never use to eat and drink but now I do. I sip warm water during every meal now…makes me feel fuller sooner.
There are no rules. Just cause your co-worker is losing a ton of weight on Atkins Diet doesn’t mean its right for your body. Right your own eating plan. I eat carbs. Cereal for breakfast, a wrap for lunch, and chicken, fish and veggies for dinner. Plus I eat a sweat treat everyday.
Try a journal. I keep a food and emotions journal. After everything I eat I write down how I feel after. What foods make me tired, energized, or anxious. This also includes drinking! After I would go out and drink all night with friends I would eat crap the entire next day to recover from my hangover. I went from having 5 vodka tonics to only two and I eat a lot less the next day.
Emotions can be a big part of being overweight. I’ve realized I’m an emotional eater. When I’m in a job situation, family situation, or overtired sugar and food are my comfort. Whatever issue you’re dealing with right now eating those emotions away won’t get rid of them. Start by just noticing how you feel before you eat. I sit with my emotions now. If I’m bored I know eating a cupcake won’t solve my boredom.