“My philosophy is simple: If you want to lose weight, stop eating fatty.” – Woody Harrelson in Friends With Benefits
All I can say is AAHHH if only it was that simple. If you have food cravings and are trying to lose weight you know exactly what I’m talking about. I have been overweight for most of my life, actually all of my life. It has always bothered me and affected my self-esteem, but not enough that I actually cared to do something about it – other than complain.
These are the three lifestyle changes I’ve made over the last three weeks to help me lose weight.
If you want to lose weight, you have to make changes
The biggest mistake I’ve made while trying to lose weight over the years is I try to have it impact my daily routine as little as possible. BIG MISTAKE! I don’t know why I thought keeping my same habits would help me lose weight because it doesn’t. If you want your body to change you have to make changes in your life.
I stay active because I know I should, not because I actually like it and I try to eat healthy, but I really love chocolate. However a recent back injury made me realize that my body at 33 years old is just not what it used to be when I was 20.
So I decided to start making changes. Thanks to my injury (I still don’t know how it happened) I have been laying flat out on my back for almost three weeks. The good news is I’m getting a lot of rest, the bad news is I’m not active. There are only two ways to lose weight: eat less or exercise more. Since I can’t be active I’ve decided to consume less calories.
Overcome food cravings mentally and emotionally
I’m not going to lie. I still get food cravings, but I do everything in my power to try and beat them. If I can give one piece of advice to anyone else out there who is trying to lose weight it’s losing weight is more of a mental battle than a physical one. If you can overcome your cravings mentally then you are on your way to your happy weight.
Try not to think about food. We so often use food as a emotional comfort (or at least I do) but we just need to get over it. Stop thinking about food and do something else. Drink water, go for a walk, take a nap…anything. Just don’t give into your food cravings.
Keep temptation out the door
I am the type of person who will always think about chocolate if it’s in my house. My absolute weakness is Reese Peanut Butter Cups. If they are anywhere within 50 feet of me I have to eat them.
If I know I have chocolate in my house my OCD kicks in and I can’t concentrate on anything else except finishing the bag of chocolate. It’s kind of like when I can’t go to sleep if I know there are dirty dishes in the sink. It just drives me crazy. So now that I know I can’t control my cravings I don’t buy chocolate and keep it in my house so I can avoid temptation.
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Originally published on Big Sister Pretty Sister