“Discipline weighs ounces, regret weighs tons.” ~Author Unknown
“Everyone must choose one of two pains: The pain of discipline or the pain of regret.” ~Jim Rohn
“Self-respect is the root of discipline: The sense of dignity grows with the ability to say no to oneself. “ ~Abraham Joshua Heschel, The Insecurity of Freedom: Essays on Human Existence, 1967
One of the hardest parts about dieting is getting over past eating styles, styles which got you into the shape you are in right now. You have to come to realize that you ate crap, didn’t exercise enough and learned BAD habits. It might have been no fault of your own, but it happened. You are a grown person, so you have to deal with it.
You have to learn to eat a different way, but like with anything, if you learn how to do it in a way that you don’t find boring, you find things that you like to eat that are better for you and you do it all long enough, it is a lifestyle change and not a diet.
Do you want to be skinny? Do you want to stop feeling bad that you say you want to do it or you will start tomorrow and never do it? Then just start.
Go shopping and find all of the necessary ingredients. Read my past blogs and find out what you can do to make it happen. Ex: 6 proteins a day (I write all about lists of them), only 50-100 g of carbs per day, 4 small servings of veggies, 2 small servings of fruits (each has different carbs, research…berries and citrus are the lowest), and two small salads a day. Eat every 3-4 hours and don’t let yourself get too hungry or thirsty. Drink your non-sugar beverages. Look at labels. Count carbs.
Stop procrastinating. How much do you want to do it? Do it and stop whining. It is not hard. I will answer any questions that you might have, but start it. Realize that you have the discipline to say “no.” When I go out to eat and I order my protein meal (meat and salad, eggs and bacon, etc.), I ask for grilled veggies or tomatoes instead of potatoes and I ask for fruit instead of toast or bread. It is habit now. I always turn free bread away before they put it on my table. You have to learn to do it or to just have one. Don’t let them bring the never-ending bowls of carbs to your table. JUST SAY NO!
I spent years wondering why I was overweight. I was overweight because I ate those bread baskets, and ate the fries, hash browns or the chips that came with a meal. I don’t allow those in my life anymore. There is a Russian lady who makes my salads and I told her that I noticed that everyone that came in who was overweight ate a healthy sandwich or salad and had a bag of chips with their meal. She said, “American’s love potato chips.” That is true, and there is also a correlation with the potato lovers and that our society is so obese right now. You want a fry? Have one or two. You can’t be thin and eat a serving of potato chips, hash browns, baked potatoes or fries. I don’t do potatoes, rice and my wheat is limited (no bread or cereal–although, once in a while, I have Western Bagel’s Perfect 10 bagel at 10g net carbs and a low-carb burrito tortilla at about 7 g net carbs–ONCE in AWHILE.).
At first, this all seemed like a sacrifice, but it was actually not so bad after a few weeks. Now, I feel very disciplined and good that I watched about 40 pounds fall off of me and I will be damned to put them back on. So, I still follow all of those rules. My husband backs me and when anyone tries to sabotage me with trying to get me to order something against my rules, I tell them quite frankly, “No, I don’t do sugar or wheat.” I am proud of it and it makes me feel even better about my self-esteem. Losing weight and being able to say no are very empowering. If no one else likes it, too bad. This is my health, my life and my body.
Now, it is your turn to feel this way! JUST SAY NO. You won’t die with low carbs and no potatoes in your life.
REPLACEMENTS OF POTATOES:
There are tons of cauliflower recipes out there where you can make faux pizza crusts, faux mashed potatoes, etc and they taste great–instead of potatoes. You can make baked Kale chips instead of eating potato chips.
So learn NEW ways to make things, enjoy them and they will become part of your new skinny lifestyle. Or you will start to look like a potato.