Success in 2008

Posted by Jen

I’m sure many of you have heard of Hungry Girl.   I get her emails, but often don’t read them because she absolutely loves foods with artificial sweeteners, fake butter, and other chemical-laden ingredients that I simply won’t ingest.

That said, I got a great email from Hungry Girl today with tips for realistic goals this year and think these are worth sharing:

1. Don’t go “on a diet”. While diet plans can be helpful, if you think of yourself as being “on a diet”, everything will be too black and white. If you’re on a diet and suddenly you have a little setback, you may decide you’re “off your diet” and go back to your old ways. Think of your new eating plan as more of a lifestyle change — one that will have ups and downs, with good days and bad.

2. Don’t deprive yourself. Remember, your new eating plan shouldn’t be about deprivation. It should be about SATISFACTION. Find foods you LOVE — ones that satisfy you but are better choices. This is KEY.

3. Drink lots of water. Water is good for you. It’s good for your skin and your metabolism. And it helps fill you up. Plus, not enough water can make you cranky and more likely to make bad food choices.

4. Listen to your body. It knows things. If you know that eating cereal for breakfast makes you hungrier throughout the day, then don’t eat cereal in the morning. Pay close attention to your body cues. This will help tremendously.

5. Live one day (or even one MEAL) at a time. Don’t be discouraged and beat yourself up if you fall off the wagon and eat badly — just be more aware of what you eat during your next meal.

6. Get exercise with activities you enjoy. I used to HATE exercising. I feared it. Now I exercise but only do what I like (which happens to be walking on a treadmill 5 times a week while watching reality TV, and weight training 2 times a week with a friend). Find something you actually like to do, and you’ll do it. Don’t take on an exercise routine that causes pain or discomfort — you’ll just end up ditching it completely. (And I know this isn’t an EATING tip, but it’s important!)

7. Let yourself cheat a little. Everyone strays once in a while. It’s totally normal. Splurge when you need to, and enjoy it (don’t feel guilty)! Then get RIGHT back on track, and prove to yourself that you can handle a cheat meal now and then.

8. Keep track of what you eat. Write it down. As dorky as it sounds, you WILL 100% without a doubt do better if you hold yourself accountable for what you eat by keeping a food journal. Just do it — even if you only write in it every OTHER day.

Good luck and have fun!


4 responses to “Success in 2008

  1. Thanks for sharing that Jen…pretty much summed up my personal philosophy about weight loss right there. Good things to have in mind!

  2. Great tips!
    I don’t believe in using the “diet” word either. It makes me feel sorry for myself. (I can’t eat this, I’m on a diet. Poor me.)
    I like the term “eating plan” because it implies that I actually get to eat.
    Thanks Jen!

  3. I really enjoy your tips and articles. I think I will review them often to keep them fresh in my mind. Thanks!

  4. I love some of those tips. I totally agree, especially with #1 and 2. I won’t eat things like fat free ranch and really weird tasting stuff that I know I wouldn’t like if I wasn’t “on a diet.” If I’m gonna have a salad, I’m gonna have real ranch. And I’ll just – measure it and budget it in my calorie count for the day. If I’m going to have any chance at success, I have to accept the reality that I like to eat. So I need to be able to eat foods I like or I’m DOOMED.

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