The story usually goes something like this:
You’ve been hitting the gym and eating well. You’ve lost a few pounds and gone down a couple of dress sizes. The mirror is no longer your sworn enemy but now a frienemy instead. You’ve begun to separate your closet into two distinct sides: pre-weight loss side (I will never need these again.) and post-weight loss side (These clothes would have totally fit me in High School, air five!). And most importantly, you didn’t want to crawl under the couch to die alone with your Lean Cuisine while watching this year’s Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show! Basically life is good.
But suddenly, all of this gets destroyed in one fell swoop. A tire blows on your road to “the perfect body” that causes you to almost give up on it all. Why? Because you walked by that food truck and got a whiff of that cheeseburger you’ve been wanting to destroy like it killed Mufasa. Or your boyfriend brings home that one greasy goody you’ve been craving since you decided to pick firm legs over fried chicken. And then you give in. You destroy that cheeseburger. You eat that fried chicken. Next thing you know you’re back in that vicious cycle of eating chocolate covered potato chips while re-working your weight loss vision board to accommodate your “minor nutritional set-back”.
Not all hope is lost. What I’ve learned in my weight loss journey is this. If you like something, eat it. But in a smart and planned way. Let’s look at it like this:
Jenny goes on a diet.
Jenny cuts out her favorite food, ice-cream, because it’s too high in sugar.
Jenny deprives herself of ice-cream for months on end.
Jenny walks by a Ben & Jerry’s giving away free samples.
Jenny, in one sample spoonful of Chunky Monkey, realizes that what she’s experiencing in her mouth is better than anything she’s tasted in months, buys a carton, then DESTROYS it when she gets home.
I’ve lost 70 pounds since 2012 and it hasn’t been easy. I’ve had to learn how to not give up everything I love to eat, while also not completely throwing away all of the hard work I put in at the gym. There are tons of options out there. Whether it’s cutting back on portion size when you decide to take that trip to your favorite burger joint, or going with the wheat bread instead of the white. Maybe choosing frozen yogurt or low-fat ice-cream, instead of cutting out sweets altogether. It’s totally possible to have your cake and eat it too. Just not the whole thing…while watching Pretty Little Liars.
♥ → Ki’Era aka Wine2TheRescue ← ♥