I have had ‘Another One Bites the Dust’ stuck in my head all morning, and do you know why? Because it’s another week down in my journey AND another pound down! I am exactly five pounds down from when I started the 30 Days to Healthy Living! And I feel great! I’m eating food I actually like, I’m not starving myself, and I’m enjoying the process. It’s sad that those things are not normal to a ‘diet’ or lifestyle change. When I ask friends how their ‘diets’ are going they always seem so unhappy. They know exactly how much longer they have left, and they are counting down the minutes. I always feel so bad, like “sorry I’m going to go eat this fat bomb now…” This is the problem with fad diets that create a cycle, and then all of a sudden you are a yo-yo dieter. I’ve been there, I’ve tried juice cleanses (not completed them because it was terrible, but I tried), I’ve tried meal prepping with the same old nasty boiled chicken and broccoli (yuck!), and I have obsessed over counting calories and using an elliptical for hours to burn them all away. These are all unhealthy, unproductive, and unrealistic diets. They may “work” for a little while but they aren’t forever.
So instead of punishing yourself for treating yourself like I used to, try finding peace with yourself, and a way of healthy living that works for you, and that you are able to keep up with. I will rave about my experience with the 30 Days to Healthy living with Arbonne probably until the day I die. I love it, and if I get off track again I can do it all over again. But I’m not going to push it on anyone. I love my ketogenic diet and it works well for me, but I’m not going to push that on you either. I recommend you try them because it’s important to find something that works for you and gets you on the right path, but it’s up to you to make that decision on your own. My husband tried to get me to go ketogenic for months and I resisted, I didn’t think I needed it. But, I came to the decision on my own, and guess what? I LOVE it! It’s okay to shop around and find a way to live healthier that works for you. This is your journey, you just have to get started.
Speaking of journeys, I have been on mine for six weeks now. Crazy how the time flys by. So far, (if you follow my story on Instagram (@jennib_in_tennessee) you have seen) I have stayed strong with eating healthy, but I usually have “treat yourself” moments, or “cheat” moments depends on how you look at it. I personally think it’s healthier to look at them as “treat yourself” moments because it’s for YOU and it’s okay. Cheating makes it sound so dirty and wrong and I feel guilty about it later. If you’re doing well with your healthy living, one ice cream cone is not going to ruin everything. It’s hot out, you’re hormonal, your dog just died, whatever the case or all of the above just know it’s okay! That was me this week and I could have gone crazy and eaten an entire ice cream cake from DQ and drown my sorrows, but I didn’t. I treated myself and I moved on. Eating my feelings got me where I was a few weeks ago and it made me feel worse, not better. I’ve learned to eat when m hungry not when I’m bored, and if I need something sweet to go for a fat bomb, keto cookie ball, or protein fudgicle. Just try not to over do it, I’m definitely not perfect in this but it’s a process, and it will take time to learn and grow. Give yourself a little grace and have a great Monday!