What a whirlwind weekend and early week! If only keeping busy burned more calories I’d be a Skinny Minnie by now!
Did you see the Golden Globes on Sunday night? I thought Tina Fey and Amy Poehler did an AMAZING job! I loved both their dresses, especially Amy’s … and I cracked up when, referring to the fit of their gowns, they incorporated the names of two of the “Best Picture/Director” nominees. The tag-team schtick went like this: TINA: “The Hunger Games was one of the biggest films of the year, and also what I call the six weeks it took me to get into this dress,” and then Amy chimed in, “Ang Lee’s been nominated for Best Director for Life of Pi, which is what I’m going to call the six weeks after I take this dress off!”
I can’t tell you how many times I worked my hind-end off for a special event, and then AFTER the event … it WAS the Life of Pi, and nachos and pizza and Janie Coe’s chocolate cake! The problem was I didn’t have long term goals. For example, I’m leaving for Mexico in 10 days. I vowed several months ago that I would look great in my swimming suit once I hit the beach. Well, although I’ve made pretty good progress, I’m not exactly going to look great, but I’ll look okay. I’m not going to beat myself up that I’m not “where I want to be”. But what I’ve learned about myself and my commitment this time around is that this is going to be a lifestyle, not a short term fix for a long term problem. So rather than starve myself for a few weeks and kill myself at the RAC, I’m staying commited to my Medifast meal program and my commitment to working out at least 4 times a week … and I’m okay with that. In fact, I’m better than okay, I’m the best I’ve been in years because this time I KNOW I’ll succeed! One step at a time, a good mantra as you work your way through the baby steps. And trust me, a few short weeks ago, I wasn’t there. But after only 2 weeks on this new plan, I “caught the fever”. The lesson here, if there is one, is do whatever it takes to stay committed to a plan for 1-2 weeks – and I’m certain you’ll get the fever too! THAT’S when it starts to get fun!
1. Cut out pics of women you admire – and not just the beautifully shaped ones. Cut out pictures of smart, funny, talented AND physically beautiful women – and paste them on a board. Then look at it every morning and night and tell yourself that you’re in good company. Visualize being on that board with those women and OWN your confidence! It’s not going to happen overnight but I promise, it WILL happen!
2. Don’t wear sweats or elastic waist band pants (unless to the gym or right before hitting the hay – but take them off the minute you get up), that way you’ll be aware of your mid-section and not want to overeat. Heck, I look in the mirror naked and that alone keeps me from overeating! But I do eat … 6 times a day - small meals to keep my metabolism steady. When you don’t eat, or wait too long between meals, your metabolism dips and then skyrockets which, in and of itself, leads to weight gain. Google the physiology behind this and it will all make sense to you.
3. Weigh yourself only once a week … JUST ONCE, no matter how tempted you are. Too often we can fluctuate from day to day and you run the risk of getting your dapper down.
4. Pull out a pair of pants that are too tight and try them on. Go ahead! Do it. They may be SUPER tight or might not even zip up … but try them on again in two weeks and see the difference. 2 WEEKS ladies, … we can all do anything for 2 weeks. By then you’ll be so motivated to stay on track, you’ll be grabbing the NEXT size down for your next goal!
5. Have PLENTY of healthy snacks around and available. Pre-cut carrots or have baby carrots in a container in the fridge. Same with celery and have some low fat peanut butter on hand to dip a couple of stalks in. And those rice cakes - especially the white cheddar ones, YUM! They may take a day or two to get used to, but trust me, after a few days, they’ll taste good!
6. Drink 4 glasses of water before noon and 4 after noon. Do this; drink 2 glasses right when you wake up – 1 for breakfast – 1 on your way to work – 1 before lunch and 1 after – 1 when you get home - 1 for dinner - and that’s it! … you’re done! I simply set a large glass of water out at all times … a glass, not a water bottle. Every time I see it, I take several swigs. I’m a visual person so this really helps! Be ready to make several trips to the restroom the first few days, but after that, you’re body will begin retaining it. Another side benefit, you’ll start noticing how soft and fresh your skin looks as it needs a lot of internal hydrating.
Okay, keep up the great work, and keep me posted on your progress. I’m going to start posting your successes as I’ve already received several! Until the “comment” section of this website is fixed, please send them to email@example.com
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This post was written by firstname.lastname@example.org on January 16, 2013