Motivation To Lose Weight | The Simple Way To Avoid Craving Carbs Like Crazy | Day 53 of 90 Day Challenge

craving carbsAt the end of the day do you find yourself craving carbs like crazy?

Do you find yourself standing in front of the pantry desperately searching for a Cookie Jar or a Reese’s Pieces that might be lurking in a deep, dark magical corner?

Hopefully if you heeded my advice you threw all that rubbish away. So no amount of wishing and wanting is going to make it materialize anyway.

Do you really want to know how to avoid craving carbs like crazy?

You’re going to want to slap me when I tell you, because it really is so ridiculously simple. Actually all of this is ridiculously simple if you allow yourself to believe it to be so.

The way to avoid craving carbs like crazy is …

go to bed before midnight and get up with the sun.

Que?

Let me explain. There are two hormones involved here and I call them the “Two Tony’s.” Their correct names are serotonin and melatonin.

Serotonin is your happy hormone and melatonin is your sleepy hormone and they work like a see-saw. As one goes up the other one goes down. And if you interrupt the see-saw you’re going to get grumpy and start craving carbs because you want to FEEL good again.

craving carbsIt works like this. When you wake in the morning and the sun hits your eyes, you experience a surge in your serotonin levels.

Have you ever done Yoga to a sunrise? WOW! What a rush! Every sunrise feels good, but when you see the sun rise as you go into an Upward Dog, that’s something else entirely. Almost better than … but not quite : )

Your elevated serotonin levels carry you through the day. Then gradually as the sun goes down, so too do your serotonin levels. And it’s this gradual drop in your serotonin levels that gets you craving carbs to ‘make you feel good.’

Melatonin is taking over and is trying to get you to sleep. craving carbs

The way to avoid craving carbs is to recognize melatonin’s message to send you to sleep before midnight, therefore getting you up again with a huge surge in serotonin in the morning to energize you through the day.

If you fight this natural see-saw and give in to craving carbs, and stay up after midnight you’re not allowing the natural flow of melatonin through your body. You’ll wake up feeling like you’ve had a big night on the town, need five cups of coffee to get you moving and you’ll feel like you’re a step behind all day.

So the simple thing to do to avoid craving carbs like crazy, is get to bed before midnight, get up as early as you can, get some sun on your face and skip through the day like Daisy Duke! Seriously, I told you it was simple.

And all of this is simple. It really is. Losing weight is about following nature. We’ve just got to get all this junk out of our heads. Stop counting, stop weighing, stop measuring – just get on with living naturally. All the rest will take care of itself. I promise.

Good luck on your journey.

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Motivation To Lose Weight | Britney Says No To Size Zero | Day 52 of P90X 90 Day Challenge

motivation to lose weightNow hold your horses before you think I’m going to scoff at this one. I’ve always loved Britney. Each to their own musical tastes I say.  But I’ve always adorned her spirit, her smile and her naivety.

But when she came out with this, maintaining a healthy body can be hard work but is more than worth it … sometimes it’s hard to be motivated. But once you get up and do it you feel like you’ve conquered the world,” she went right to the top of my “Most Admired” List. Check it out – Britney Says No To Size 0 – just fabulous!

One of the reasons many of us develop issues with weight in the first place is because we see anorexic broom sticks walking down a runway in Milan and believe that this is the ideal.

So we starve ourselves stupid to attain an unrealistic ideal and end up in a vicious cycle of self-loathing and if you’re really lucky a dose of bulimia as (now I’m being snide – forgive me). This was my life.motivation to lose weight

I believed the lies I saw in magazines and believed that if I didn’t measure up to the likes of Elle, Claudia and Naomi (dating myself aren’t I?) then I wasn’t OK. And these were ‘healthy’ models.

Today’s models are another breed altogether! Does this look attractive? Let alone healthy???

I’m very fortunate today as I have a husband who looks at these women and can’t understand why they are considered beautiful. And he looks at me and loves me exactly how I am.

It would appear that I am the only person who has a problem with my appearance. But where did it begin?

When I was a baby I would have only known that I was perfect.

Up until I went to school I made no distinctions between tall and short or fat and slim.

School changed all of that pretty quickly.

All of a sudden I was informed that there was something “wrong” with me. Life was never quite the same again.

So for me this is a very personal and sometimes painful journey as I reflect on what started this crusade and how long ago it began.

I’m thrilled to see role models such as Britney, Jennifer Love Hewitt and Fergie all embracing their curves. It makes it so much easier on the rest of us to accept us as we are, whatever our optimal look is for us.

For some, living life as a larger woman is just fine. I find many larger women to be extraordinarily beautiful because they have embraced their voluptuousness and they are confident with who they are. But if that’s not for you, then that’s OK too.

You’ll find the path to getting into the best shape of your life, without ever having to diet again right here!

P.S. If you’d like to see where this journey began 52 days ago, you can check it out here.

 

 

My Motivation To Lose Weight is Back Thanks To Happy Foods | Day 51 of P90X 90 Day Challenge

Do you have any idea what Tryptophan is and what it has to do with healthy foods?

 

Neither did I until an article in NEXT magazine caught my attention. It was entitled “Mood Foods” and it listed a collection of healthy foods that enhance your mood.

Tryptophan (I can’t even spell it by myself without referring to the article!) is one of ten essential amino acids which are the building blocks of proteins.

This intrigued me so I took a look at the healthy foods mentioned, and what was so interesting is that they are all foods that are part of my staple diet.

The article referenced salmon, tuna, broccoli, lentils, apricots, avocado, bananas, pawpaw, raspberries, strawberries, dried fruits, brown rice, walnuts, cashews, hazelnuts, oysters, sunflower and pumpkin seeds and dark chocolate as all being healthy foods that are naturally high in tryptophan. Apparently 50g of dark chocolate is good for the soul. No arguments from me : )

But here’s the thing, do we really need to have this type of information spelled out to us? Isn’t it just common sense that good healthy nutritious foods will make us feel good?

I don’t know about you, but I’ve never felt that hot after a bag of Dorito’s and Salsa.

healthy foodsBut give me a creamy salmon fillet with a rocket salad and I’m in heaven before, during and after my meal.

I know I feel good when I eat good.

So here’s the deal, I don’t believe that eating needs to be complicated. Therefore eating to lose weight doesn’t need to be complicated either.

Let me ask you a question … has anyone really ever gotten fat by overeating chicken and broccoli, fish and salad, lentils and vegetables, nuts and fruits? Really?

How do people really get fat? They eat foods that are full of sugar and fat. Burgers, pizzas, french fries, chocolate, cookies, donuts, ice-cream, candy, pudding …. you get my drift here, right?

That’s why I say, if you’re trying to lose weight just go natural. And for the first 2 weeks don’t even think about portion control. Just get rid of the junk for 2 weeks and you’ll automatically feel better. It just stands to reason. And if you’re not too sure what you can eat there’s a very basic philosophy I believe in and that’s, “If God didn’t make it – don’t eat it!”healthy foods

I believe in keeping things really simple. Cavemen didn’t diet and I’ve never seen an obese caveman in any of my school books. Food was uncomplicated back in the day. It was all healthy food. Exercise was part of the daily routine of the hunter gatherer. Men hunted wild animals and women foraged for healthy foods from the earth. Everything was natural. They didn’t count calories, or weigh themselves with rocks every morning! Obesity wasn’t an issue because everything was in balance.

Our bodies were not designed to assimilate the rubbish that’s in our foods today. Chemicals and toxins in the form of flavorings, colorings and preservatives abound.

We even have to be wary of the natural foods we eat like chicken. I saw a chicken breast in the supermarket the other day that would have put Pamela Anderson to shame! It was HUGE!!!

Makes you wonder what they fed the chook. If I’d seen it before it ended up on the supermarket shelf I’d say she would have looked like a female version of Sylvester Stallone. Not natural at all. So I’m not eating it.

How crazy is it that we live in a world with genetically modified food? Who signed off on that piece of crazy???

Anyway, that’s my rant for the day.

Bottom line, eat healthy foods, don’t worry about what tryptophan is (still can’t spell it without looking at the article) and find your motivation to lose weight.

That’s really all you need to do to get in the best shape of your life. Never diet again. Just eat healthy foods, do an exercise you enjoy and work out your motivation to lose weight. That’s it!

Would love to hear YOUR thoughts on the subject … till tomorrow!

 

 

NO Motivation To Lose Weight | Rest and Reflection | Day 49 of P90X 90 Day Challenge

motivation to lose weightThe last 24 hours have been really tough on me and my motivation to lose weight is gone and I feel sad. That bounce in my step has gone : (

I overate two nights in a row. This makes me nervous because it reminds me of how my downhill slides have started in the past.

I’ll be good and motivated for a month or two, and then one slip leads to another and then before I know it my head is buried in the cookie jar faster than you can say disaster!

So what when wrong? Everything was going so well. Why the urge to pig out? (At least I pigged out on my healthy treats.)

The starting point was not eating enough during the day and that lead to me have a double serving of natural yogurt and honey, but I woke up the next day fine. No guilt, no worries. Business as usual.

But tonight I couldn’t keep my mind off food. It was distracting.

Then it occurred to me. I haven’t written out my affirmations for three days. My motivation to lose weight is slipping away from me. It doesn’t have the same energy. My focus is missing.

I remember hearing an interview with Formula 1 sensation Mario Andretti and he was asked for his number one success tip to race car driving and he answered, “Don’t look at the wall.” Meaning, as your focus goes, you go.

My focus is not on my goals. My focus has been nowhere for a few days. And that’s where I’ve ended up. Nowhere, floating around aimlessly.

And I’m wondering if this is one reason why we fail at losing weight. Because we fail to focus on our motivation to lose weight. We forget why this is so important and we just let it slide. It’s just so easy when you’re not focused to say, “oh this little treat won’t hurt.” And the truth of the matter is, you’re right. That little treat won’t hurt. But what will hurt is if you allow that little treat to become your wall.

Where is your focus?

This has been an interesting 24 hours. I haven’t liked it. I haven’t liked the way it made me feel. But I created it. So I need to get my focus back on my motivation to lose weight.

How many times do we let small transgressions define us and shape our destiny?

It’s time to pull back on the reins and realize that a small slip is not an avalanche.

So if you’re reading this and you’ve ever beaten yourself up because you “broke your diet” my recommendation to you is that you refocus on your motivation to lose weight, redefine your goals, brush yourself off and just get back on track.

Don’t look at the wall. You don’t want to go there.

 

My Motivation To Lose Weight | I Cheated Again – So What Now? | Day 48 of P90X 90 Day Challenge

Diets don’t work – it’s that simple.diets don't work

You know those yummy treats I was talking about yesterday? The ones you can use when you’re feeling naughty? Well I went all the way and doubled up on one of them.

Being the perfectionist that I am this is considered a massive failure.

But is that realistic? Does one double serve of natural yogurt, honey and nuts really constitute total failure? Realistically speaking – no.

But for those of us who are familiar with this feeling of failure when we “break” a traditional diet understand what I’m talking about. And this is why traditional diets don’t work. They’re designed to make you fail.

You can’t possibly stick to a regimented diet plan that restricts your options. You can have the world of best intentions, massive amounts of commitment and an unbreakable motivation to lose weight, but when you find yourself weakening and you dive off the deep end and break your diet, there’s so much guilt involved. There’s a sense of total and utter failure. Yet again proving that diets don’t work. But we keep trying them don’t we, hoping that this one will be the one.

However, when you break your own diet, one you’ve set up for yourself that you know is healthy and is full of all the natural foods you enjoy … it’s OK.

Now the thing I have to ask myself is, “How did this happen?” and “How can I prevent it from happening again in the future?”

The truth of the matter is, I didn’t eat a proper lunch or have an afternoon snack so by the time dinner rolled around I just wasn’t in the right frame of mind. I started telling myself, “It’s OK, I didn’t eat much today, I can splurge … “ But it’s that type of thinking that gets me in trouble.

For the past 7 weeks I have not had an urge to overeat. But today, I was all out of whack. And it’s because I hadn’t eaten properly. My body wasn’t nourished and the results speak for themselves.

Now, I ask you … is this reason enough to give up on my healthy journey? Does this one incident un-do 7 weeks of good work? Of course it doesn’t.

But in the past, something like this was enough to make me ditch the diet and go back to my old ways. Hence the yo-yo effect.

Diets don’t work.

I know they don’t. They never did and they never will.

The only thing that works is sensible, healthy eating, coupled with exercise you enjoy. That’s it in a nutshell.

So how will I tackle tomorrow? Without guilt. It’s just business as usual.

Three healthy meals, two healthy snacks, a lot of water and a lot of self loving. This is not the time to beat myself up.

And yet, isn’t that what us professional dieters do? We get a little off track and then we beat ourselves up for our diet infringements? This is not healthy and it will never work. I know. I have 33 years of proof that diets don’t work.

This time’s different. This time I am getting in the best shape of my life and when I do I will share exactly how I did it and how everyone else can do it too.

Diets don’t work. We all know they don’t work. And yet we keep doing them because we haven’t found a better way. I am finding a better way, for all of us. We deserve to be in the best shape of our lives. It’s just a matter of finding the way.

 

My Motivation To Lose Weight | But I Still Want To Pig Out | Day 47 of P90X 90 Day Challenge

pig outYou’ve found your motivation to lose weight, you’re doing an exercise you enjoy, you’re not weighing yourself, or measuring yourself, or counting calories, you feel great, you’re starting to see results in the mirror, your clothes are fitting looser – but you STILL want to pig out?

Hey, it’s OK. I still feel like a pig out from time to time too. It just means you’re human : )

So I thought I’d put together a little list of the “naughties” I reach for to stop me from doing something I’ll hate myself for the next day. Oh, and speaking of which … here’s something I notice I don’t do anymore …

In the past when I’ve been torturing myself on some ridiculous diet, I was prone to going off the rails and having a super pig out due to the deprivation I felt.

And every morning, the FIRST thought in my head was, “What did I eat yesterday?” And that would dictate my day. Woeful I know.

This time around however, there’s none of that. Because I KNOW that I’ve been good to myself. I’m eating healthfully and mindfully and I’m loving it. There’s no desire to pig out because I can eat whatever I want that’s within my food guidelines. So for the first time in a long time I’m waking up GUILT FREE. What a blessing. The pig out days are behind me.

So, if I’m still feeling like a little treat here’s what I turn to – and this is when Lentil Soup (delicious and nutritious as it is) just won’t cut it!

Natural Yogurt and Honey

This is divine after dinner. I take a cup of natural lo-fat yogurt, drizzle it with about a tablespoon of honey and sprinkle about a dozen chopped walnuts. OMG it is divine. The texture and flavors of the honey mixed in with the walnuts are akin to Baklava, just without the pastry, butter and sugar! It is a delightful heavenly treat that you can enjoy without guilt. You can also sprinkle a little bit of cinnamon in the mix too. Very good for weight loss and digestion also.

Rice Crackers and Pure Fruit Jam

When I’m feeling like a crunchy snack I’ll take 3 whole grain rice crackers and spread a thin layer of pure fruit jam on top. If you’re feeling like an extra rush, add a layer of healthy peanut butter as well. Just seems so naughty, but it’s really not.

Sultanas and Walnuts

I don’t know what it is about this combination but to me it’s like eating Christmas Fruit Tarts. Again, it’s the texture and the flavors. Just delicious and quite enough to curb any sugar cravings.

Dried Apricots (any dried fruit – in moderation)

I always have a jar of Turkish Apricots on hand when I need a quick sugar hit in the middle of the afternoon. 3-4 dried apricots is plenty to kick any urges to the curb.

These are my favorite ways to avoid a pig out – do you have any favorites you’d like to add? If so, please share them below : )

 

 

My Motivation To Lose Weight | Lentil Soup For The Soul | Day 46 of P90X 90 Day Challenge

Feeling full is one of the easiest ways to prevent cravings and when I’m feeling a bit naughty I always turn to a hearty bowl of Lentil Soup.

lentil soup
Lentil Soup For The Soul

I want to share with you the yummiest way of staying full that I’ve ever come across. I’m not too sure how you feel about Lentil Soup, but lentils could become your very best friend.

Lentils are an incredible source of protein and they’re also full of fiber. It’s the fiber that should get you excited. It means they keep you full.

I think one of the hardest things to get in the habit of when we’re trying to learn new healthy eating habits, is having something healthy on hand when we need it.

So for that reason, I always try and make sure I have a pot of Lentil Soup in the wings ready for a quick re-heat.

This recipe comes to you via my BFF Lisa who put me onto this many years ago when we were sharing a flat together.

Enjoy – it’s scrumptious.

Lentil Soup For The Soul

Ingredients

1 cup lentils

1/2 cup pearl barley

1 onion

garlic – as many cloves as you like (I put about a dozen in whole but that’s my personal preference)

2 sliced carrots

2 cups cauliflower pieces

1 cup broccoli pieces

3 sliced courgettes

6 chopped mushrooms

2 tbspns miso

tamari and rock salt to taste

Method of Preparation

Boil the barley in roughly 8 cups of water, on high for about 30 minutes and then add the lentils and boil for another 20 minutes.

Add chopped onion, garlic, carrots, cauliflower and miso and bring the heat down to a gentle boil with lid semi covering the pot for 10 minutes.

Add remaining vegetables and simmer gently for another 10 minutes.

Take off the heat and allow to cool so the flavors can settle in.

Best served next day.

 

And that’s it – so simple and yet so nutritious. I reach for a quick bowl of Lentil Soup at lunch time, and even dinner time if I can’t be bothered preparing a meal, and I LOVE it. It’s so good for you and really keeps you feeling satisfied.

I hope you like it. If you decide to try it, leave me a comment and let me know how it went : )

 

 

 

 

 

My Motivation To Lose Weight | 5 Ways To Say NO To A Binge | Day 45 of P90X 90 Day Challenge

5 ways to say no to a bingeOne of the biggest saboteurs of our weight loss goals is the urge to binge, so I’ve come up with “5 Ways To Say NO To A Binge,” kick it to the curb and kiss it’s sorry @r$e goodbye!

Sometimes you just can’t get a certain “naughty” food out of your mind. The more you think about it, the more you want it. And oh how easy it is just to give in and go for it.

We say all sorts of things to ourselves don’t we? “Oh it’s just one bite,” “It won’t kill me,” “Where’s the harm really?”

And sure, it may just be one bite, and it won’t kill you but it will severely harm your chances of sticking to your game plan. If you’re reaching for a goal, any one of these 3 thoughts will put distance between you and your goals.

If you think for a minute I don’t understand what it’s like to have this inner conflict, think again.

I suffered from bulimia for over 10 years and I know what it’s like to have this war of conflicting words going on in my head. One day I’ll really delve into this experience. It was so soul destroying. The deception, the hiding, the feelings of self-loathing, the insatiable desire to binge which turns into revulsion and purging. I know what it means to be held ransom to my cravings.5 ways to say no to a binge

But somewhere along the way it has to stop. If you’re caught up in a vicious cycle of yo-yo dieting, deprivation and bingeing, highs and lows, weight loss and weight gain, self loving and self loathing, it has to stop somewhere, sometime.

And this is where a bit of tough love needs to come in. I can give you the 5 ways to say NO to a binge, but you’ve got to go through a boot camp first.

And that boot camp is about getting back to nature. You have to let your body rid itself of all the toxins it’s built up and let it know that you’re on a new, healthy, wholesome path.

So, before I give you the 5 ways to say NO to a binge, you need to do something first.

You need to commit for 2 weeks, to eat nothing but natural foods.

If you don’t know what natural foods are, here’s a general guideline for you to get an idea:

Proteins: Chicken, Turkey, Fish, Red Meat (if you must, only 2-3 times per week), Tuna, Salmon, Tofu, Egg Whites, Soy products.

Carbs: Whole grain Bread, Bagels, Cereal, Pasta & Pita, Oats, Beans, CousCous, Hummus, Lentils, Quinoa, Brown Rice.

Veges: Anything! And I mean anything! If God made it, you can eat it!

Fruits: Anything! Again, if God made it, you can eat it!

Fats: Avocado, Flaxseed Oil, Olive Oil

Dairy: Skim Milk, Lo-Fat Natural Yogurt, Goat Cheese, Cottage Cheese, Parmesan Cheese, Soy Cheese

Snacks: Nuts, Dried Fruit, Rice Cakes, Peanut Butter, No Added Sugar Jam, Honey

Drinks: Natural Mineral Water, Green Tea, Black Tea, Coffee (with skim milk only)

Sweetener: Stevia and honey only.

I don’t care how much you eat of this stuff. Your first 2 weeks isn’t about losing weight. Your first 2 weeks is about learning how to eat naturally again. About giving your body a chance to get back on the right path.

And this is where the magic happens. After 2 weeks, your cravings for the bad stuff will be gone! You’ll be on such a natural high from getting rid of the toxins that kept you lethargic and miserable that you won’t want to go back to the way you were eating before.

So if you can do that for 2 weeks, then avoiding a binge becomes so much easier, because you’ve removed the toxins that made you crave the junk in the first place. Eating sugar makes you crave sugar.

5 ways to say no to a bingeI can’t eat one chocolate. Once I start I have to eat the whole thing. Whatever it is, a bag of cookies, a whole slab of chocolate … whatever form it came in I have to eat the whole thing. Why? Because I’ve excited something in my system that needs more of it. For me sugar is like a narcotic. It’s highly addictive. So I know that I just have to say “NO” anytime I’m offered something sugary.

And have you ever noticed how some people get offended when you knock back their sugary creations? Man that makes me so mad. They make me feel guilty because I choose to respect my health. I know how bad sugar is, so why would I consume it? Don’t get guilted into eating other people’s toxic creations. And that’s how you’ve got to look at it. It’s just a big pile of toxic sugar that is standing between you and your goal.

If you go natural for 2 weeks believe me when I tell you this, saying “NO” becomes really easy. You just won’t feel like it! So what’s out?

ABSOLUTE NO-NO’S!

Alcohol, sugar, white flour, cream, and anything with ingredients you can’t pronounce. Think of it this way, if it comes wrapped in plastic, there’s a good chance it’s on the NO-NO list!

Now that we’ve got that sorted here are 5 ways to say NO a binge:

  1. Get busy. When the urge to binge hits, normally it’s when we’re bored. So get busy. Whether it’s doing housework, or running errands … get moving and distract yourself until the urge passes – and it will.
  2. Read a book or magazine. I find reading a book or magazine really helps when I’m feeling a little weak. It’s a great distraction and sometimes you find material in magazines that seem to just hit the right spot and uplift you and keep you focused on your goals.
  3. Pick up the phone. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve picked up the phone and called a girlfriend when I’ve felt low. Sometimes all it took was a quick 10 minute call to get me out of my funk. So make sure you have someone you can call in a time of need, a support group, a family member, a BFF … just someone who knows you, loves you and supports your goals.
  4. Work out when you tend to feel like bingeing the most and make sure you have that time period covered by an activity outside the house. Take up a class – dance, art, reading, yoga, tai chi, anything that will get you inspired and out of the house at a time that normally sees you at your weakest.
  5. Just think about your goals and ask yourself if this binge is really worth it. How will you feel after the binge? Guilty? Depressed? Sometimes it’s so hard to come back from a binge. From my experience, a binge would lead to a downward spiral of self loathing. I had to break that cycle. And it became as simple as just saying “NO.”

Take these 5 ways to say no to a binge to heart. They work. I know they do because they’re what I’ve been using to get through the past 45 days.

P.S. If you enjoyed this post, please click ‘like’ and share it with your friends or leave a comment below if you have any questions. And if you want to see what progress I’ve made in 6 weeks, CLICK THIS LINK. I’m off to Yoga – catch you tomorrow!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

My Motivation To Lose Weight | Everything You Know About Dieting Is Wrong | Day 44 of P90X 90 Day Challenge

 motivation to lose weightMy motivation to lose weight, to prove that diets don’t work and that there is a better way to lose weight and keep it off forever is getting scientific backing.

I couldn’t believe my eyes when I read this headline: Scientists say, “Total Rethink Needed On Dieting.”

Duh!!! Diets don’t work. Does it really take the scientific community to point this out???

Just look around. The multibillion dollar weight loss industry has failed us because they have a vested interest in keeping us fat! They know that deprivation and complication don’t work, but their marketing is so darned good, we eat it all up don’t we?

As soon as we hear those hypnotic words; Easy Weight Loss, Lose Weight Fast, How To Lose 10lbs In 7 Days we get sucked into the promises that this time it will be different, this time I can do it, this is the diet that’s going to work.

But the reality prevails: DIETS DON’T WORK. Deprivation doesn’t work. Complication doesn’t work.

Here’s an excerpt from the article I was reading:

VANCOUVER, Canada (AFP) – “‘Everything you know about dieting is wrong,’ say US scientists who have devised a new formula for calculating calories and weight loss that they hope will revolutionize the way people tackle obesity.

Obesity rates have doubled worldwide in the past 30 years, coinciding with a growing food surplus, and the ensuing epidemic has sparked a multibillion dollar weight loss industry that has largely failed to curb the problem.”

If you want to read the entire article click this link – Scientists say “Total Rethink Needed On Dieting”.

So what does work then?

If you’ve been reading my blog posts you already know my thoughts on this.

If you seriously want to lose weight and keep it off forever, it only takes 5 steps.

  1. Find an empowering motivation to lose weight that is invincible.
  2. Get moving. Find an exercise you like/love to do. That’s the only way you’ll stick to it. For some ideas read “But I HATE Exercise!”
  3. Change your eating habits. Throw out the junk. To keep it real simple, “If God didn’t make it – don’t eat it.” Junk food will keep you fat. There’s no way around it. It’s bad for you, your body can’t process it, it’s toxic and will always land on your hips and keep you miserable.
  4. Throw away the bathroom scales, the tape measure, the calorie counter, the food scales, the diet books, the gurus and the gadgets.
  5. And get real with yourself. Get very honest with yourself. Make sure you understand why you’re doing this and how much it means to you. It has to be important to you. If it’s not, you won’t stick to it.

Of all the steps listed above, if you can just find an empowering, unwavering, invincible motivation to lose weight, you will conquer everything that stands between you and your goal. I promise you. But you have to find it first. Dig deep.

Good luck. I know how difficult this journey is.

 

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My Motivation To Lose Weight | Results After 6 Weeks of Focus | Day 43 of P90X 90 Day Challenge

Finding my  motivation to lose weight meant digging deeper than I’d ever dug before to find the root cause of why I have always failed in the past.

I came up with two shocking revelations:

  1. I never believed I could really do it; that the results I craved were only possible for other people and not me, and
  2. I never felt I was worthy of the results.

So this time around, my motivation to lose weight came out of anger actually. Angry that for all these years I had harbored such low self esteem and had sacrificed so much happiness because of it. And angry that I never believed I had it in me to be slim.

The stories we tell ourselves are so powerful. We really have to watch the conversations that go on inside our head.

For me, I’ve had to change the way my internal dialogue works. And this is why having an Affirmations Notebook and repeating my affirmations daily is so important. It keeps me engaged with my goals, and keeps the energy surrounding my goals alive and active in the universe.

I wanted to show you today, what 6 weeks of pure focus, and utter belief looks like.

This is me at the beginning. Protruding belly, rolls around the hips and mid-section. And look at me today. I didn’t even know that an exercise top could be loose. For me this is more motivating than any reading on a scale or any tape measurement. I can look in the mirror and SEE the difference. They say seeing is believing. I can see my results with my own two eyes. I don’t need any bathroom scales to tell me how I look.

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P90X Week 1
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P90X Week 7

I show you these results not to promote P90X, but to promote the concept that with belief, focus and massive action you CAN get the results you want.

Do I feel like exercising every day? Heck no. Do I do it every day anyway? Heck yeah!

Why? Because I know the only way I’m going to get the results I want is by taking massive action daily, changing my behaviors and committing to a healthy lifestyle that is permanent, not a flash in the pan latest diet craze.

If you’re struggling to find a motivation to lose weight that will truly inspire you, leave a comment below and maybe we can work together on it.

Take care and I wish you all the best on your journey.

P.S. If you want to see what started all this, check out my first post.