Ladies….we have two choices: We can set ourselves up to fail, or we can set ourselves up to SUCCEED!
I choose to do the later; what about you? Do you even know what you are doing that sets yourself up?
As I was living through my own process of taking the weight off and trying to get into better shape, I realized after the journey, that I had actually set myself up in the past, to fail. I dieted strenuously; with no consideration of what my body needed to have the energy to succeed. I didn’t need to be a nutritionist, but I needed to know the basics to succeed. I also drank way to much diet soda….almost addicted to it. I also have used sugar substitutes for 40 years! I now believe that sets up our taste buds to ‘want more’. I kept unhealthy snacks in the house. I ate until I wanted to burst…heck, I could out eat my own husband. I took on exercises programs that were extreme, and I couldn’t last. I looked for others approval….and that wasn’t going to last either!
As I look back on what made me successful, I realize several things.
My very first thing I did right, was to make a ‘decision’ to do it right…and stay with it. No more strenuous diets….straight forward counting calories WITH consideration as to what makes up those calories. Keeping it at about 30% fat, 30% carbs, and 30% protein. I actually leaned heavily on the proteins side and less on the carbs. One of my guidelines: no carbs (0r very very few) after 4pm for me. I also realized some fat is necessary and is the ‘glue’ to help the other nutrients stick to my digestive system and helped me process foods better. I realize this is laymans terms…but it is what I understand and what works for me. Yep, and I cut out the diet sodas…all together; 2 years ago. What a difference that made! No more late night trips to the bathroom for sure! I don’t crave sweets like I used to either! Oh yeah and I started limiting the snacks I keep in the house. I learned and appreciated the taste of food…(like chocolate)….not to gorge on food! And I discovered the exercises that I enjoy, and the ones that I don’t….and I gave myself permission to do what I like to do. And lastly, I decided to do this for me, not for others approval. Because I want to do this….live this way….the rest of my life! I don’t want to burn out! I don’t want to obsess over it…I want to actually enjoy this life journey; to feel good, to have energy, to be highly productive and to stand in confidence!
When I first started working from home, my office desk was actually 5 feet from the refrigerator! I worked right there in my kitchen for 4 years….and I still managed to have success! See, it is putting things in place to help us succeed! AND, discipling ourselves in the journey. I so had to discipline myself…set up parameters….and make decisions that set me up FOR SUCCESS!
This journey is yours….all yours. Set Yourself Up to be successful and enjoy the entire process! Set Yourself Up to Succeed!