So, you’re on a weight loss program. Prepare yourself to be under constant attack… attack from the food bandits all around you.
That’s right, there is food waiting to ambush your weight loss efforts at every turn.
It’s there… on every street corner: available, fast, in huge portions and full of fat.
It’s there… at every checkout: convenient, brightly-packaged and calling “Eat me! Eat me!”
It’s there… at work for every occasion: birthdays, promotions, leaving parties, “because it’s Friday”.
It’s there… at home brought to you larger than life on every TV set, seductively advertised, calling from the fridge and pantry “I’m here! Come and get me! You know you want to!”
So, what can you do about them?
Be ready to defend yourself!
Know your weak spots – those food temptations you find hard to resist, and plan to… Avoid them as much as you can. Don’t drive past fast food outlets even if it means a detour. Keep tempting high-fat snacks out of your home. Give TV ads a wide berth – in fact give TV a miss altogether and get out and do something. Walk away from offers of food, declining as politely and firmly as possible. “No thanks, I’m not hungry just now” should be enough.
Treat your encounter with food bandits with a sense of fun. Make a note in your mind that you’ve spotted one “Alert! Food bandit on left flank. Eyes right! Defeat!”
If you succumb once in a while to the food bandits, don’t let it get you down. Brush yourself down and be ready to come out fighting against the next lot.
Be delighted each time you spot and overcome a food bandit. Feel proud that you were able to show who’s in charge. You’re the boss!
Once you recognise the food bandits for what they are, they lose their power. Each time you take them on and defeat them, you’ll notice their influence over you diminish.
Gradually you will get into the habit of ignoring these bandits. The gong term result – a slimmer, healthier, beautiful you, in total control of the food you eat.
When you are faced with the daily challenge of trying to lose weight, you will need to find ways to stay motivated every day.
The motivation to lose weight may not come from the same place every day. If you can deve lop some strategies for keeping your daily motivation high, you are much more likely to be successful and bounce back quickly if you have any setbacks. Whatever you ult imately see as your motivation for losing weight, you do not have to face the challenge alone.
One great way to keep weight loss motivation high is to find an Internet support group to check in with every day.
Another good idea is to keep a daily journal of your progress, struggles and success. You can keep a record of your daily diet or write in your journal about the journey and challenge of losing weight and the emotions connected to it. Heck, start your own blog and invite your friends to join in.
There are many resources and people available for anyone who takes the time to seek them. Make a daily commitment to do at least one thing in support of your goal, and you may soon find that the behaviors that support weight loss have become second nature to you!