What do you do when you have tried every diet on the planet,even your friends diets and still have not lost weight?
What do you do when the diet and lifestyle you started in January does not work in February?
What do you do when going to the gym becomes a drag and you have stopped trying?
What do you do when you are stuck in the gap between where you are and where you want to be ?
You move forward.
Because life is lived in the gap,where the challenges and battles to eat healthier every day is a battle between what you feel you want and what your body really needs.
It is lived in the gap where being faithful to your daily exercises is a battle.
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But let’s go back to the beginning shall we and allow me to tell you about myself.
In order to keep writing,even when I do not post a daily bog post I have to write,in my journal or on a slip of paper or somewhere.Whenever I have kept off writing I have seen my creativity take a slump and it becomes harder each day to write the more I keep off it.
Same thing applies to keeping and staying faithful to the decision to eat healthier as well as exercise,it is hard and it is a choice you have to make every day.
And everyday you wake up to that gap that exists between where you are and where you want to be.That GAP is not an easy thing to wake up to everyday but it is a reminder that there exists within it the opportunity to grow as well as challenge yourself.
Even if you have tried everything under the sun and you feel you are not there yet,do not give up.
That gap you see is a friend,an ally and a source of the energy as well as the motivation to keep going at it,towards your goal.
Now,you may be asking,since you know what your goal is,how do you start towards making this goal a reality,a reality you are aware of everyday and one that keeps you motivated enough to stay the course ?
1.Knowing how you got there.
Real change is achieved when we know where we are and how we got there.
When we understand where we are then we are better prepared to start the journey towards creating the kind of future we would like for ourselves.
Maybe we started having pizza for lunch as well as dinner once too often or it could be that we started neglecting a regular exercise regime or gave up on the second week of going to the gym when we thought we would die from the muscle aches(muscle aches are actually a good sign that your muscles are working as they should).
2.Know what is on your plate every day.
Keeping a food diary for a week of what you eat is a good way of tracking your eating habits.
A food diary will help you see what you are eating more or less off and what you should cut out altogether.You may just find that it is the 4 cups of coffee or tea with sugar that are contributing to all the extra calories your body is storing up as fat.
Maybe it is the extra glasses of wine every weekend that are making it hard to lose the weight .
A food diary is a good way of tracking whatever it is you eat and will give you an idea of how much you are consuming versus what your body really needs.
You will be surprised by what you see after keeping it for at least 2 weeks.
Sharing the details of your food diary with a nutritionist or dietitian will help them create a meal plan that will cater to the kind of lifestyle you are living.Each and every person is different and what diet works for one person may give very different results to someone else.
By having a diet personalized for you,then you are more likely to stick to it as it incorporates food you can actually eat and not gag over.
Any weight loss program will only be sustainable when you eat food that you enjoy.
3.Knowing what your body needs
In school children are taught the basics of good nutrition ,most people actually know how a good meal should look like. It just seems easier to ignore all the good advice that we know and just eat the food we feel like eating at that particular time.
Every individual is different and a construction worker will not require the same kind of food as someone sitting in the office the whole day.
A woman needs her food intake to meet some dietary requirements that a mans body does not require.
The body’s nutritional needs are determined by age, gender,genes,occupation and any medical conditions we may be having.
This is where I would like to challenge anyone reading this to know how your body works and what your body needs.
When you know how your body works,what it needs you will know what to give it as fuel in the form of the food you eat.
In case of any medical conditions you may be having with,please see a qualified medical doctor.
4.Know who to seek advice from
The nutrition sector in the country is pretty much unregulated and one should be careful about whom they take advice about weight loss,a change in diet and living healthy from.
Mot public and private hospitals do have resident nutritionists and there are nutritionists like myself who give counselling services to individuals.It is prudent to do some research as well as background checks of people who claim to give out advice on what you should and should not be eating.
And read up as much as you can before you make a visit to your nutritionist or any medical provider.
5.Remember the gap
This gap,this seemingly huge gap that we seem to see before us, that is between where we are and where we want to be is all a matter of perspective.
Always remember that.
That gap can either be the source of a lot of frustration or the starting point towards real change.
Be easy on yourself and celebrate each milestone,even those that seem little,like eating an extra serving of vegetables or fruit or spending an extra half an hour at the gym.
When you are grateful for how far you have come ,you are giving yourself the energy and push to keep on running towards the goal of where you want to be.
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