You know it and you have heard it before, the whole “diets don’t work” thing. I’m not going to say that because I don’t agree. They do work. You eat less food, you lose weight – sure. Great.
The problem is that whatever you do is probably not sustainable. I don’t care if it’s paleo, I don’t care if you are doing atkins, counting points, eating sugar free, low carb – all of it.
What usually happens is that you try something new (or maybe that has worked short term in the past) and you are SO excited to do something that will make you feel good. After a short time, IT DOES WORK. You feel great. You feel energized and light and people are complimenting you. It’s brilliant. You were a babe before, but now look at you – right?
Ok, fast forward 2/3/6 months/1 year. Something happens. SEE: LIFE. Life is stressful. It’s not always great or perfect or easy or even comfortable. Stressful things happen with ourselves, in our family, with your friends our jobs, kids. Things happen.
When life is not perfect and *something* happens then you fall back to old patterns. You no longer have time to go to whole foods to get all your organic food and pre made salads (shout out to whole foods amazing salad bar though – amiright?! I hope heaven involves a giant delicious salad bar), you don’t have time for breakfast, you meet friends for drinks in the evening and you say you are only going to have 1 drink, but you have 3 or 4 after not eating dinner and then go home and end up eating way to much in your refrigerator and then feel bad and say “ughhhh I messed up.”
I get it. It sucks. Then the next day you feel like you have to make up for the day before. It’s a pretty shitty cycle and a bit of a mind f*ck.
What does work long term and before you hate me for saying this just go with me on it… what works is making a lifestyle change. And YES part of that could mean eating less carbs and sugar (maybe). Maybe it means more. Maybe you start eating dark chocolate every morning with your breakfast. It also includes exercising in a way that works for you (not that you hate or feels like a chore), doing things that FEEL good, eating what YOU want, paying attention to what your body is actually craving not what you think you should be eating. Most importantly – making a change means not being so damn hard on yourself and calling yourself bad/wrong/ thinking you messed up just because you had a bit more to drink or eat one evening/one week/one month.
Every day is a new day. You are not stuck.
I know it sounds easier said than done. It takes time. It takes time to get to a place where you are in a place that you can look in the mirror and say “I look good” It takes time to STOP saying “ugh I messed up” if you’ve been “good” all day and then eat a brownie at 11pm and feel bad about it. I get it. If this is something you want to work on, let’s chat. Jump over here to set up a free 30 min chat with me. We can talk about salad bars and cookies and eating our feelings all we want, but I can also help you stop obsessing about all of this and stop making excuses so you can be happy.