Ever feel like you just wanna go "MOOOO"? How do we let things get so out of control? There's just too many answers to that question. But, there is a way to make a change.
This isnâ€™t some crazy new diet scheme. You donâ€™t need to buy any pills, powders or shakes. Itâ€™s just some common sense advice about making a change.
Why do diets fail? Expense, level difficulty, it doesnâ€™t fit into our lifestyle, junk science, etc... There are as many reasons as there are diets.
Whatâ€™s the best way to reach a goal? Make a plan! Thatâ€™s what Iâ€™m asking you to do. Take the next seven days and develop your plan for change. Iâ€™ll give you some tips here and there (I'm even going to do it with you), but for the most part, itâ€™s up to you.
- Make a commitment to yourself - Decide that this is really something you want to do for you, then forget any and all previous attempts.Â
- List your reasons - Write down at least five reasons why you want to shape up. They can be whatever you want but really think about it.
- Start drinking more water - Don't over do it, but very few of us drink the recommended 8 cups/day. It sounds like a lot but remember we're talking cups (8oz.) not glasses. The average bottle of water is 16oz, or 2 cups!Â
- Start a food journal - Write down everything, and I mean everything, include notes about how you're feeling or what's going on (are you bored or is it a hectic day of rushing from place to place). Start today!
- Plan exercise into your day - Think about how you can be more active each day. Is it taking 30 minutes for yourself or just making everyday tasks (like playing with your kids) more vigorous! Make a plan, write it down!Â
- Get a scale - Get a good scale, if you can afford it look for a model that measures body fat.
- Set realistic goals - Determine a healthy weight (WebMD has a great chart) and set a goal (no more than 20lbs to start). The most you should plan to lose per week is 2-3 lbs. That will most likely take two to three months at which time you can re-evaluate your plan or set a new goal.Â
- Plan what you are going to eat - Think about what you want to eliminate and what you want to eat more of. If you need help the US Dept of Agriculture has a site where you can get a personalized food pyramid.
- Get organized in the kitchen - Segregate all of the foods that you are going to stop eating (either finish or trash them by the end of the week). Have a food scale and measuring cups handy, they help with learning to visualize portion size.Â
- Go shopping - Make a grocery list and don't go on an empty stomach. Remember, if you don't buy it it won't be in the pantry to tempt you. Bring your list of shape up reasons for support!
Â Start today with your commitment to yourself & food journal and in seven days you'll be ready to embark on the journey to a healthier you!
Follow along at The Right Fit on Gather.com