7 Ways to Stick to a Diet:
Well, first off…we’ve got to chuck the word diet. Let’s use a better word…LIFESTYLE. Diets equate to short term fixes for long term issues. It’s like Kim Kardashian and black men…she’s on a diet (engaged to a half white guy), but she’ll be back on the bandwagon soon, trust. Yes, lifestyle changes are tough, (I haven’t had carbs in a year…see you later 55 lbs.) BUT totally doable.
See, the problem is…we want to change our lives, but aren’t actually wanting to take action to see it through. Let’s all get off our lazy asses and do something about our hotness level and oh yeah..that whole health thing.
7 Ways to Stick to Your New Lifestyle:
1) Tell Everyone: Yeah, you talk a lot. So put your big, fat, mouth to good use with your new plan. Tell everyone you know: gym keycard checker, neighbors, friends, mailman, orthopedic surgeon, mom, dad, and the cigarette sales guy at your local deli. The point is…the more people you tell, the more you have people watching you…you are less likely to cheat. And honestly, you’ll have more people encouraging you to make the right choices. Just think, with all that talking you are doing with your mouth, you’ll have a lot less time to eat.
2) Pick the Right Change: Pick the right plan for yourself. Don’t just do what everyone else is doing, because the likelihood that it will work for a stay-at-home mom in the midwest AND a busy New Yorker is low.
Example…I was looking for a nutrition switch up about a year ago. Here’s how I decided which plan to execute:
-I really dislike cooking… especially difficult things.
-I eat out ALL THE TIME.
-I don’t want to go to f*cking meetings.
-I have no time to think and count points, calories, or any of that nonsense. (Ironic asian, not wanting to count, I know..)
-I heart vodka.
So, after making my list of likes and dislikes…I decided on low carb as the best option for myself. Pretty much I can drown myself in vodka, steak, and bacon (all easy to cook, especially the vodka), find something to eat at any restaurant with a few annoying substitutions, and I don’t have to think about counting anything so that leaves space in my brain to write this annoying ass blog.
So, pick something that fits with your lifestyle, if you are a social butterfly, eating Jenny Craig at home for every meal probably isn’t for you and you will be crying in your low calorie cereal every morning. The upside to that? I hear tears are lower calorically than milk.
3) Never Cheat: Just don’t even let yourself for a bite. Not for special occasions, not for vacation, nothing. Unless the Russian Mob has a gun to your head and a latke to your lips…but since that isn’t probably going to happen, don’t go there. One taste can be the first step off the proverbial fatass cliff. If for some reason you accidentally fall off the wagon after consuming some adult beverages and find yourself face down in a chorizo/egg burrito…STOP, DROP, and ROLL (away from the burrito). A common issue for people is that they cheat a little so they think the whole day/weekend is shot so they let themselves off the hook. Pick up in your next meal, right where you left off weakling!
4) Be Creative: If you have to eat gelatinous egg whites, a dry ass chicken breast, and a cup of greens for lunch everyday…you are going to quit (or go on a shooting spree in your office). And I don’t blame you. Figure out things you actually REALLY like to eat within the constraints of your new lifestyle plan..and if there are things you are really going to miss, find a close alternative that will tide you over. Make a list of things you’ve really liked eating while on the plan, so when you are stumped for lunch one day, instead of cheating…you’ve got your handy list of deliciousness.
5) Exercise Your Way: I hate to run. So I don’t (weak ankles..weeble wobble). Find ways to move your body without putting yourself through what feels like Ancient Chinese water torture. Take up LARPing, jump rope to work, do the worm on your lunch break through the halls of your department…whatever. Set a goal for times per week of exercise that you can actually attain because you’ll become more and more frustrated and guilty if you set your goal too high. I choose weightlifting because it makes me feel badass. So yeah, figure it out.
6) Attainable Goals: If you need to lose a buck fifty…don’t set a goal to lose that much in a year. Some people could reach that goal, but to set yourself up to fail miserably is going to consistently make you feel like you are playing catchup rather than rewarding yourself for being on top of your game. Also, don’t weigh yourself daily…do it once a week at a similar time of day. You’ll drive yourself nuts if you are tracking it every day and we are also trying to minimize the crazy in all of our lives.
7) Long-Term Plan: Don’t think of this as a jolt or a patch, figure out a long term plan for keeping it up. When you are starting a new plan, think about the fact that you should be incorporating some form of it into the rest of your life…and choose accordingly.
Cheers to a less fat ass,