If you've asked yourself this after your first few days on a new diet plan, then we are all on the same page. Something about having to wait longer then you'd like makes you want it that much more. Wouldn't it be so cool if you could overnight delete your fat, like how you could ship overnight a dress you want for the next evening. But see, that is our problem! We live in a world where everything needs to be instant. Responses, food, deliveries, we want everything just as fast as the words come out of my mouth. I am so guilty of it, and I mean all the time! What many of us don't understand is that losing weight takes time, just like gaining weight. I mean yes, you could eat 5,000 calories a day and by the end of the week have gained a few pounds which is pretty quick (and pretty gross). But you could also eat fewer calories and exercise everyday for a week a lose a couple as well. It is sooooooo easy to want it all of right now right away, and have your way. But think of it like this. While no one usually puts fat on intentionally, it does take time. Over time its laziness, poor decisions, rushing for food and those decisions lead to unwanted fat. Sometimes those decisions turn into habits, and sometimes those habits are really hard to break. Once a habit is a part of your routine it takes a lot more energy and self control to break that, then it did to develop the habit.
Now, I don't want to come off negative and sound mean but it is the truth. We all do it, even if it's not with food. It could come down to the smallest things like a habit of drinking a coffee with loads of dairy and sugar which may taste great, but having it 5x a week on your way to work could develop a bag habit, real quick. But I have good news for you! First off, you're not alone! And if you think that isn't true, take a look around. Look around your work place, your friends, your family, whom you live with and people watch for even 5 minutes a day. While you watch others you'll see different habits other people have. Your co-worker it may be snacking on a "protein bar" that's really just as good as eating a snickers for lunch, but yet she always complains about being tired and not having enough energy. Or when you're working out with a friend who does the exact same workout routine every single day and says he doesn't understand why he hasn't seen any changes in his body. It's simple! We are ALL in this together. And the answer is simple too. Change. No one likes the word, we run and hide from it. Change, who wants to change? Who wants anything to change? Well, if you're like me you look for a lot of things in your life to change, all the time. Now no one likes the change where you get fired, or break up with your boyfriend, but I'm talking about the positive changes. The changes that make you a better person. That makes you wake up in the morning, a little bit more excited about your day.
SO, positive changes you say? What could that mean for you. If you're trying to lose weight and understand why you haven't yet try a few new changes. Here are some super small examples I started to implement in my life, that I know are making me better day by day.
Multi Vitamin - It's less then $10 to buy an adult chewables that tastes like gummy bears, take it in the morning and you are on your way.
Coffee - If you can't survive without caffeine like me but don't love all the calories, then cut them out! Use coconut milk or almond milk instead of dairy products, and lower your sugar intake using less packets of sugar in the raw.
Body wash/scrub - Obviously you wash your body every day, or hopefully you do! Buy yourself a body scrub (I use Frank Body) and use it a couple of days for a deeper exfoliation for your skin. You instantly feel smoother, cleaner, and helps a lot with "winter skin" like eczema and psoriasis.
Snacking - If you're the typical person working a 9-5 you get one lunch break, which doesn't allow you to eat multiple meals every 2 or 3 hours. So, snack better. Graze is an awesome service where you can pick which snacks you want delivered and can even be sent directly to your work, so you can keep it in your desk draw! Another option, purchase pre-packed snacks like hummus and carrots, or guacamole and celery. You can find them at your local grocery store or even at 711.
Teeth care - Weird, I know. Most of us will swear to our dentists we all brush 3x a day and floss after every meal but we don't. Make yourself brush and floss every morning and night. Develop the habit, even if you have to check it off a list every morning and night. It is amazing what a clean mouth can do for your overall health. If you didn't know, built up plaque can contribute to heart complications. No joke! Everything is connected.