Do you ever wake up and swear to yourself that today will be different? Do you promise yourself that today will be the day you will keep your hand out of proverbial cookie jar and quit guzzling sodas? Do you recommit to avoiding chocolate and skipping your traditional drive-thru lunch?
Do you promise today will be different only to find yourself doing exactly what you swore you would not by 10:00 a.m.? That was me.
Almost every single day of my obese life I would wake up and swear to myself that today would be that day that would be different. Today would be that day that I would make good choices. Today would be the day that I would eat perfectly and exercise. And almost every single day I would fail.
If my day back then looks like yours do now, there is hope.
You can make today be different and start having success that builds upon itself. I found that once I got started making good choices, it was easier to continue those good choices day after day.
Here are some strategies you can use to make today different and to end the day with a feeling of success rather than a feeling of failure.
1. Remind Yourself of Your Intentions Before Your Feet Hit the Ground
Before you even get out of bed, remind yourself that you are going to make good choices and finally get started on the right foot. Keep repeating this to yourself as you get ready for the day. Do not waver at this point.
2. Exercise First Thing
There are many benefits to exercising first thing in the morning. You get it over with so no other activities interfere with your plans later in the day, people who exercise first thing in the morning tend to be more consistent than people who exercise later, and you gain a sense of getting something positive accomplished before most people even get out of bed.
3. Start Your Day With Something Healthy to Eat
I used to start my days with something unhealthy to eat such as brownies, candy, or even a spoonful of ice cream. When you get up, start your day right by having something healthy. It can be a smoothie, oatmeal, cereal, eggs, a salad, or whatever strikes your fancy. Just don’t let it be junky or super high in calories.
4. Plan Your Day
Do not be like I was and just figure out your eating plan as the day went along. Instead, plan your day in terms of your food choices. Think about what you have going on that day and how you will fit eating healthy meals into your day. As you progress, plan your meals ahead of time and prepare lunches the night before.
5. Pause Before You Eat
I often ate on auto-pilot. I’d open the pantry and eat whatever looked good without thinking about it. Before you eat something today, take a few seconds to make sure this is a food that fits within your eating plan. Think first and then eat. It will save you a lot of calories and grief.
6. Beware of Afternoon and Evening Snacking
Even on days when I did well in the morning, I would often trip myself up during the afternoon and evening hours. It wasn’t hunger though, it was boredom, habit, and a desire to reward myself with comfort food.
7. Remind Yourself of Your Long Term Goals
I often reminded myself of why I was saying “No,” to certain foods by revisiting my long term goals. Not only did I want to lose weight, but I also wanted to fit into chairs, stop feeling self conscious because I was the biggest person in the room, buy clothes that did not look like tents, and be able to keep up with my young children.
Wrapping It Up
Today can be different for you but only if you make it so. The power to change and stay changed lies in your hands. Do not throw your hands in the air and give up. Make yourself start fresh and do not give up. Diane