“How do I do that?” (CONTINUED
How do I answer this question when my friends ask? All they want to do is start their own fitbattle and succeed…
As I mentioned in the previous posts on this subject…advice it’s best doled out in small doses. So here’s a couple more pieces of advice for starting your own fitbattle. I’m assuming that you’ve implemented most if not all of the first seven tips:
- Eat a high protein breakfast
- Eliminate high calorie/carb beverages and drink plenty of water (coffee is okay, but watch the extras)
- No more carbs at night unless it’s in the form of protein or a veggie
- Start eating 5 to 6 smaller meals per day vs. 2 or 3 big meals
- Log everything you eat
- Count calories, protein, carbs and fat
- Eliminate the food booby traps from your pantry
Did you determine the the total number of calories you should be consuming per day? Have you noticed a difference in how your clothes are fitting? Have you lost any weight? If you’ve followed tips #1 through #7 I’m absolutely sure that the answers to both of these questions is “yes”.
The most important aspect of your personal fitbattle is being honest with yourself. You can be out with friends and talk about how good you’ve been and put on a show when ordering food by choosing healthier options. And your friends will want to believe you and most probably will. But you can’t lie to yourself! You know whether or not you are committed and how it translates into your daily nutritional choices and your workouts.
So how’s your pantry looking these days?
If you’ve been following my blog the last few weeks you know that I recently had friends staying with me for a girls weekend. There were a few food items still hanging around from the weekend that I finally had to chuck. Cheese, crackers, pita bread, etc. I know my weaknesses. I’d like to think that I have restraint but most nights I don’t. So into the garbage it went. Yes a waste but I’d rather it go into the garbage instead of being junk in my truck, if you know what I’m saying. After all…I already gained a few pounds as a result of having a little too much fun that weekend and the following week.
How about tips 8, 9, and 10?
Tip 8…Get moving! Walk/run outside, ride a bike, or use the treadmill. Got a gym membership? Use it. Not only will this help you burn more calories…you’ll feel better too. No Gym membership? That’s okay! Park your car further than normal from the door…at work, the mall, the grocery store, anywhere and everywhere.
Use the stairs instead of the elevator. Ever heard the saying: “two down, one up”. If you are going up one floor or down two floors don’t use the elevator…find the stairs and use them! Not only does this help you get moving it saves energy too.
Join the kids outside for some catch or whatever kids do outside. This will set a good example for them too. Childhood obesity is an epidemic and it’s up to us adults to demonstrate that exercise is important and a priority.
Dust off those old workout DVD’s and give them a try or find a workout channel on your TV. Any movement is better than none.
Tip 9…Forgive yourself when you slip. It’s okay to fail! We are flawed by nature, so don’t quit if you cannot maintain perfection in your fitbattle. Just dust yourself off and start again. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve had set backs, been in a funk, lost my mojo, or plain old gave up for a day or two. When I came through the other end of whatever was going on with me…I forgave myself and got back to the basics. Being in control is a great feeling. Being out of control sucks!
Tip 10...Listen for negatives and make them positives. Remember we are the biggest enemy we have in the fitbattle. So catch yourself when you are talking yourself out of fighting a good fight. You can do it. You deserve it. You are worthy of the effort. Yes it does matter. Think about it…imagine how great it will feel to lose a few pounds.
This is probably the hardest bit of advice to follow. I’m sure that the person I see in the mirror every day is not the same person my friends and family see. I’m not sure why this is but we are our worst critics. Recently someone told me that I was attractive. Let me tell you “attractive” is the last word I would ever use to describe myself. This got me thinking about one of our most basics flaws. It’s not a physical flaw it’s an emotional or psychological flaw. We only see what we do not like about ourselves.
I stood in the mirror for quite some time searching for “attractive” features…trying to understand and see what this person sees in me. If pressed I can come up with a few features that others might find attractive but those few features do not add up to a whole “attractive” person…at least not to me or should I say not me.
What’s the lesson in this? You are a beautiful person even if you cannot see it! Fight to free the skinny, healthy, happy, youthful person inside of you!
Now…go forth and prosper. Your fitbattle is well underway!
Until tomorrow! Kathi