I know EXACTLY where you are coming from. I use to be that girl that every morning I was on the scale. While I was eating, I was thinking about what I would eat next. It’s like a disease or addiction. Here’s my advice:
1. If you’re into weighing yourself, weigh yourself in the morning right when you wake up (naked weight!). Put the scale away. I’m talking store it in a closet, don’t just slide it back to where you normally keep it.
2.THEN take pictures of yourself Front, Side, Back pose. Store them in a photo vault on your phone. Don’t look at them to criticize yourself.
3.THEN take measurements. Google fitness body measurement chart to see where you place the measuring tape. Record this in a journal or in the notes on your phone for reference.
Now give yourself 30 days. No weighing, pictures, measurements, nothing. Give it up cold turkey.
4. Plan & Prep. If you’ve followed me for awhile you know I constantly post about “Fail to plan, plan to fail”. If you’re going to be obsessed over something, be obsessed over success. Obsess for 2 days a week. What I mean by that is two days a week, plan and prep your food. Spend 1-3 hours (depending on what you’re making) and prep your food, write out your snacks, build a lunch box to take to school or work, keep your snacks in your car for on the go so you don’t have the urge to stop for fast food. This will help you let go of obsessing over what you’re going to do next. It will take that stress and you know that you have good healthy food ready and theres nothing to worry about when it comes to your health regimen.
5. Start small. A lot of weight loss failures are because people go too hard in the beginning. Don’t feel like you have to eat just chicken and broccoli and be in the gym 4 hours a day. Ya, you could probably do that a week at most then you’re going to completely exhaust yourself and quit. So start by cutting out junk food, and increasing physical activity. Go for walks after dinner. Park further away from stores to get a few more steps in. Try a group workout class once a week.
6. Like I said before, obsess over success. Instead of zoning in on “weight loss” take your energy to health. Research clean, healthy new recipes. Start reading about how your body works. When you start reading about how your body processes nutrients, vitamins, minerals, macronutrients, etc. you begin to see a new perspective as why its important to live a healthy lifestyle. Familiarize yourself with your body. Hello! It’s like our car. Do we go and buy a car and not no what it does or how it works? No. We make sure we know about all the bells and whistles it has. Why should our body be any different? Learn about your body! Learn about importance of building muscle. Learn about fat (it’s not all bad!).
7. Log. Log your food, what you liked, what you didn’t like, what you did for activity, if you had a bad day, why it was a bad day, why it was a good day, what you can do to make a bad day a good day. Be honest in your journaling. This helps when you are having trouble to be able to go back and see where you have come, if you’re having a bad day you can reference a good day to help you get back on track.
Give yourself 30 days then weigh in, take your photos again, take your measurements again and see where you have come.
You have to give yourself time and you have to be dedicated, but not obsessed. If you follow the simple principle of clean eating, increased activity in your daily routine, you’re able to focus more on other things and less on obsessing over it.
Keep in touch and let me know how it goes.