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Each day is a new start

Every day seems the same.  Get up, go to work, come home, bed, then repeat until the weekend.

Ah, the weekend.  Days when we can hibernate at home and not have to face the world.  Feel judged.

We feel out of control, like we cannot change.  Do we really want to?

Some days it can seem that we don’t.  The warm duvet wrapped around us while we are watching tv.  Eating on the sofa.

Life feels hopeless.

A lethargic body that does not like movement.  Easier to stay on the sofa.  Movement hurts, trying to use muscles that are not used to movement.  

Taking control back is too much effort, it is easier to let life pass by. 

Until one day you snap!  Why does life have to be this way.  I should be happy every day.  Have energy and do all the things I want.

Play with my children, go on adventure holidays and not be stuck on the bus, or watching everyone else, but out walking and seeing all the wonderful sites.

The first moment is hard, aching muscles that shout to stop because you have listened in the past. Walking for a few minutes more than you ever has is painful, difficult.  You keep telling yourself to stop.

Keep going!

Slow and steady.

Each day a little more each day, maybe one minute more.

It adds up and weeks later you can walk double the time you did before.

Less pain. Muscles are stronger.

Every day is a new start, a chance to change a little bit more. 

To Live!

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Keeping motivation

It is really easy to keep with a diet and exercise routine when things are going great.  What about when times are tough?

That is when we need something to help us keep going.

I remember being on diet after diet.  I would start each diet with enthusiasm and stick with it, even when I was hungry or tired, until it just got too much.  I would rather be big than be hungry all the time.  

One night it was after work drinks, a few more drinks than I should have had, then shots, then dinner out.

I tried to get back on the diet but never lost anything after that. What changed?

My reason for losing weight changed.  Became powerful, stronger than all my excuses.

Remembering my reason was not always easy, especially when faced with temptation, like a lovely piece of chocolate cake.  All that moist chocolate and icing is so hard to say no to.

Remembering my reason to keep going became so hard some moments that I shortened it into a mantra.  A small saying that I could repeat to remind me of my reason. 

My mantra changes as I need it to for a time it was Live my weight loss!

Now it is I am worthy.

I am worthy to be a normal weight.

I am worthy to do activities I love to do.

I am worthy to eat healthy food that I love.

I sometimes print my mantras off and place them so I can see them often.

What mantra can you use?

You are worthy.

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Stuck

That was how I felt.  Stuck in place and not able to move forward, like I was stuck in ice.

Looking out at people who were a normal size, they were living their lives, being happy.

That was what I wanted but no matter what diets I went on, how hard I worked out, I returned to the same size.

It was like there was a huge chasm between where I was and where I wanted to be.  Everything I tried failed.  I kept trying the same thing, diet and exercise, diet and exercise.

Any time I thought about it, it felt hard to breath, like there was no hope.

Breaking free was difficult.  I tried but it was like chipping at an iceberg, you only see a small amount above the water.

It was all me, though, my thoughts were what held me encased in ice.  Frozen and not able to lose weight.

Instead of chipping at the weight, I started to change my thoughts.

It was like the ice was melting, the weight went with it.

The more my thoughts changed.  The more the weight came off.  So quickly at times that I could not believe the change.

The thoughts were what kept me going back to large, now that the thoughts are different, there is no struggle.  I am one of the ones living my life, not watching from afar.

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Instant Gratification

Instant success

We live in a world where instant gratification is the norm.  Buy the latest gear and you will look cool.  Fashion changes yearly so you must buy the latest designs or everyone will know you bought that outfit last season, or worse, last year!

Weight loss can be the same.

Why wait to eat what you want, eat everything now!

I want to lose weight, I will take a pill and magically wake up thin.

We know that that is not true but some people convince themselves that there is a quick way to lose weight and if they just find it they will get off the weight loss rollercoaster and become thin forever.

In reality they are trapped in the yo-yo diet, losing weight they ballooning back up.

I was one of the few that didn’t even get to do that, I became large and stayed that way, the smallest I could get was a size 20. I know many people who could get down to a 14 or 12.  They live on those moments.

But why can they not maintain?

They return to their normal habits and eat what they want to feel great, because instant gratification is ok when you are a normal size, right?

At any size we need to look at how we think about food.  Why do we have bad habits.  

We all have bad habits

I have some bad habits but by looking at the why I started to change how I look at food.

Food is no longer just something to enjoy but much more.  I can enjoy food but need to remember that it is fuel for my body.  If I eat foods that do not give me the energy to do all the activity I need or want to do each day then I cannot get everything I want done.  I feel exhausted by the end of the day.

If I eat foods that give my body energy, not instant energy but consistent, long term energy then I can do more activity.  I feel great in the evening instead of ready to climb into bed and go to sleep when I get in the door.

It all starts with our thoughts.  Changing how we think of food changes food habits.

It is not always easy but it is worth it.

Imagine, not struggling to be your body’s ideal weight.

You are worth it!

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Instant Energy then Crash and Burn

Have you been in an office where they changed your software?  You could work without thinking one day, then the next nothing was easy.  You forgot everything that was said on the training, the manuals were too long to find what you needed.

I was on the other end.

I was one of those on the other end. The one who had to walk the floors of the office answering any questions about how to use it, and point people in the right direction when there was an issue.  Sometimes having to solve issues on the fly.

I remember a day when I had to start work early.  New software was going live and I was the first call support. I had a few hundred to see that day.

No time for lunch, usually no time for breakfast. 

A very stressful time for everyone.

I had to help the end users and I had to pop into the help desk to answer their questions, the software was new to them as well.  I was the only one who had used it before, well trained and supported it.

I needed to be able to keep going, so I did the only thing I new how.  I ate sugary food all day.  

Quick, almost instant energy.  Sometimes I would do that for an entire week, until the go live rush ended.

Then each evening, or night because I stayed late answering questions, I would get home and crash.

No energy left, then have to pull myself out of bed and drag myself back to work and start all over again.

Perpetually tired.

Eat more sugar!

This is not a healthy way to live.  It is certainly not sustainable but as a contractor I could do it for a while then leave the company and sleep for a week.

Once I started to lose the weight I looked at food differently, It is a fuel for my body, what I eat makes a huge difference to how much energy I have.  Sweets are a treat eaten in moderation, they do not make me feel the same as they did before.

A consistent balanced diet is what I try to have, eating breakfast every day.  Even if it is just my small glass of orange juice with my iron supplement.  Then I eat something solid later.  Not much later.  Like when I arrive at the office or if I am working at home 9am.

I have more energy, for longer.  I do not crash when I get home.  When I do get home I do some laundry, tidy up.  Things I had no energy for before.

Change what you eat to fuel your body, it really does name a difference. This is long term not for a couple of days but over months, try it to see.