How many times have you been driving in a hurry to get to a particular destination only to find out that the road was blocked, detours were set up and your familiar and quick route was impassable? Frustrating, isn’t it?
If you think about it, weight loss can be much the same. We start on a diet. We are armed with good intentions and plenty of motivation as we head down the all too familiar path… and then suddenly, a roadblock! Someone brings biscuits to work, you leave your healthy lunch at home or worse, you have a bad day and throw in the towel – just until “tomorrow”.
The secret is to find good detours around the inevitable roadblocks!
It is important to know what unhealthy habits look like so that you can identify your own roadblocks. So, here we go. See if you see yourself in any of these…
- Going on any diet that is NOT a manner of eating you can adhere to for the rest of your life.
- Believing you can eat cabbage soup every day for the rest of your life when beginning that diet!
- Obsessing over counting calories.
- Weighing in more than once a week.
- Not drinking enough water.
- Drinking sugar laden drinks such as soft drinks, flavoured coffees, fruity drinks…
- Consuming processed foods more often than fresh foods.
- Taking benefits away from vegetables and fruits by overcooking them.
- Having a negative, defeatist attitude.
- Not having a plan.
- Not being aware of the nutritional benefits or harm of what you consume.
- Finishing every last bite even after you are full.
- Going back for “seconds” at meals.
- Eating at “all you can eat buffets” and getting your money worth.
- Skipping breakfast.
- Starving all day, thinking it’s the only way to lose weight.
- Binging after “falling off the wagon” and then waiting until “tomorrow” to get back on track.
- Thinking you are genetically destined to be fat.
- Not believing you have the ability to change.
- Confusing “fat” as a personality trait.
- Thinking you are unattractive.
- Not living each day to the fullest. Thinking that will come “when you are thinner”.
- Thinking pills, powders or potions are more powerful than they really are.
- Thinking of exercise as a chore.
- Not scheduling exercise as a vital part of the week.
- Indulging in alcohol too often.
- Watching sports rather than playing sports.
- Watching television more than one hour a day.
- Giving up and resigning to being “fat”.
- Finishing the food of other’s plates while doing the dishes.
- Tasting and nibbling on food while cooking.
- Baking biscuits, pies and cakes more than often than at special occasions.
- Always having sweets in dishes for “guests”, but eating more of them yourself.
- Buying unhealthy snacks “for the kids” but eating them yourself.
- Not having vegetables and/or fruit with each meal.
- Thinking “dieting”, not lifestyle change, will lead to lasting weight loss.
- Not visualising yourself actually living that lifestyle.
- Eating unrefined foods instead of wholegrain; fatty meats instead of lean; full-fat dairy instead of reduced fat.
- Consuming fast food on a regular basis.
- Waiting for tomorrow to “get started” rather than RIGHT NOW!
If you see yourself in any of these mistakes then it is time to change. After all, what do you have to lose?!
Source: Carole Holditch from Good Habits