Learning How to be Consistent is Key to Lasting Weight Loss
As you shared your eating struggles with me in the questionnaire, I saw one of the main issues that many of you struggle with is staying consistent with a healthy lifestyle. Unfortunately, I cannot cover this topic completely in this one article. I will cover this topic thoroughly in the Smoothie Handbook Weight Loss Program.
Ever since I was a little girl, my Grandmother would always wake up early. I remember waking up to hear her in the kitchen preparing breakfast for everyone at 5:30am.
I have never been a morning person. As a high school student, on a summertime visit, I asked her how she gets up so early in the morning. Her response has always stuck close to my heart.
“I just do it!”
That was it! I realized how my Grandmother’s wise words can not only be applied to waking up in the morning but also to many avenues in life.
Making good grades in school. Molding lasting friendships. Getting ahead at work. And even losing weight.
We have to determine in our hearts to make it happen and do everything in our power to “just do it!”
If someone wants to get an “A” in a difficult class, intentional studying is a must. They might need to sacrifice hanging out with friends for one or two nights to prepare for tests. Also, diligently studying isn’t skimming over the pages while your favorite TV show is playing in the background. They are turning off those “distractions” and doing whatever imprints those facts into their brain in order to excel in that class.
If you are serious about losing weight, you need that same type of diligence to shrink in size or remain at a healthy weight throughout your lifetime.
Three ways to be consistent for weight loss
#1: Make a plan and stick to it
How many times have we heard “If you fail to plan, you plan to fail”? There is a reason that this phrase has been repeated over and over. Because it’s true! This is super important. Think about it:
If you don’t plan for success, you plan for failure. It’s your choice!
Everyone, even thin and tone people, have the same amount of time in a day. It all depends on what you do with that time.
#2: Start every morning with a healthy habit
If that means to wake up a half an hour earlier to exercise or to blend a nutrient dense smoothie, then make it happen. Starting your day out right guides you to make healthier decisions easier to make for the rest of the day.
#3: Find alternatives you actually enjoy
You need to be willing to try new things, make, or buy substitutes for your craving downfalls.
Crave salt? Try baking your own pita chips and dip them into a wholesome salsa. Want an even healthier option? Dehydrate shredded kale with some himalayan sea salt and a few other ingredients for a salty low calorie crunch. (Recipe will be in the future course)
Crave sweets? I’m a big fan of calorie-loaded cheesecake. In order to lose weight and/or keep it off, cheesecake cannot be on the menu every week. So I found a protein packed way to get my vanilla New York style cheesecake craving satisfied. I call it cheesecake pudding. (This recipe will also be in the course)
These are just a few ways to show you how to be consistent in healthy eating.