Whew is it already the start of week 3? I’ve often heard that it takes 21 days (give or take) to get into a habit of something. That means this week will be the one to really solidify what I’m doing for the long haul. I think in week one it can be a bit of a shock to your system and your old habits of eating and making poor choices have the strongest pull. Those cravings of something sweet or fattening come fast and strong, and if you’re not aware of them can easily ruin all your hard work. However, each time I’ve made a choice to resist grabbing that doughnut or deep fried item, I get stronger in my resolve and give myself more power over my own cravings. There’s something empowering about dictating what you eat and what you put in your body. I’ve found the supplements I’m taking have really had an effect on my appetite and energy level from day one. I knew going into this that it would take more than a few days for them to kick in fully and really start to notice what was happening in my body, but I feel like I know have a good system going.
This info graphic is just one of many things that I like to find online to help with my continuing education. The more information or ammunition I can get for myself, the easier it is for me to combat my cravings or a friend wanting to go get some fast food, etc. My goals and resolve to do this are stronger than any craving or peer pressure out there.
Part of sticking to a diet really has to do with your mindset and understanding of why you’re doing it. If you’re not passionate about your own health and well being a start of a diet will die quickly because you’re not invested enough in your own success. You have to constantly remind yourself all the reasons you’re doing this in the first place. If I just start going through the motions of eating good and exercising I lose motivation or only do it halfway. I have some personal notes and reasons for why I’m doing this and I would encourage you to write down all the reasons you want to lose weight. This should be a list that you look at daily, and update with new reasons as they come to you. Set up rewards for yourself when you reach milestones like 10 pounds lost, or 21 days etc. I’m going to do the same right now!
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