Excuse – I won’t give up my coke. Coke is just an example. Many people have something they just don’t want to give up. Using coke as an example, let’s look at this excuse. A 12 fl oz. can is 140 calories with 39 grams of sugar. Most people who won’t give it up drink more than one coke a day, in fact, several a day. You can see that this coke is going to keep making you fat and unhealthy if you refuse to give it up. It won’t fit in any diet. This excuse is basically ‘I would rather be fat than give up my coke’. A diet coke has one calorie. Would you be willing to switch to diet coke even though experts will say it’s still not healthy?
Health apparently isn’t a concern for this person. We are talking now about fitting this into a diet. I know a person who won’t give up Coke Zero. He has several a day. Though it’s not calories, it has caffeine, artificial sweeteners, caramel coloring, i.e., not too healthy and possibly inflammatory. Everyone has the choice to make. Some foods will just not fit a weight loss lifestyle. You have to choose what you want most.
Your weight loss success will be contingent on your weight loss plan. There are thousands of plans out there—somewhere. I’ve been on many, and many didn’t work for me. You have to have a plan that you actually like. Someone said, “The best diet is one you don’t know you are on.” That simply means you consider the plan so normal you don’t realize you can actually lose weight on it. Most diets restrict, because you have to eat less than your body uses in a day. It depends on what is restricted which might mean a completely new way of thinking about what you eat as normal.
Almond milk might become normal instead of non-fat milk, for example. You might eliminate your evening ice cream and have a baked apple instead. Your changes will make your diet a new normal. Weight Loss plans have to be somewhat flexible. The more restricted they are the more abnormal your eating will be. You will be subject to cravings, both real and imagined. You will be plagued with hunger, both real and imagined. Most of all the weight loss plan must help you lose weight or what’s the use in following it. Pick the best plan for you and stick to it.
Pray for me. I’m starting a weight loss diet. You are asking for the right help. However, did you know that the Apostle John prayed for you? “Dear friend, I pray that you may enjoy good health and that all may go well with you, even as your soul is getting along well” (3 John 1:2 NIV2011). However, he didn’t say diet. He said health and you are dieting for your health. Every time you look at that scripture, John is praying for you. The words of God don’t expire. This prayer is a valid today as when he prayed it 2000 years ago. Someone is praying for your success.
I will be the first to covet prayers for dieting. You really do need all the help you can get. Grace is the favor of God to overcome every situation, including weight loss. In the flesh, dieting is hard. When a business is multi-billion you know there are many people needing help. The world is a mess. So reminding yourself each day that John prayed over your day’s health is a blessing. Read it often. Read the “you” as you yourself. Accept it as God’s favor on you and take hold of the promise for your life.
Weight loss dieting is a personal thing. No one can do it for you. It has to be you alone doing for yourself only what you can do. You can have reasons to diet, such as a reunion or a wedding or summer vacation, but when it gets down to it, it is your weight loss journey. Sometimes you can bring others along, but it is your choices day by day. You put food into your mouth. You walk the 2-mile trail. You do the crunches, lift the weights, and stick to the plan. It’s your health and your life. No one is going to make you stay on the plan. No one is going to slap your hand if you grab a Ding Dong.
It is you doing for yourself, making your decisions, and overcoming. This is your weight loss journey. One of the dangers of modern life is the needs of others. Perhaps you have put the needs of others before your own needs. Maybe you put off weight loss because of helping others. But it doesn’t have to be an either or situation. It can be a both situation. You have to care about yourself in order to care for others. Do it for yourself.
Do you fear weight loss diets because you don’t know what to expect? Fear can keep you stalled, not accomplishing anything. Maybe you have tried every diet known to mankind, so are afraid of starting a new one. Fear of failure can paralyze the weight loss challenged. Fear of the unknown, fear of failure, fear of embarrassment, and other miscellaneous fears and phobias all are obstacles to weight loss success. I think some people have a fear of success. Regardless, if you play into your fears, you will never reach your goals in life, and particularly weight loss goals.
I’m hoping you are ready to handle weight loss success. See yourself in the mirror at the weight that you want to be. Nothing tastes as sweet as success. You will be one of the elite. Very few people reach weight loss goals. Weight loss doesn’t have to be an all-consuming nightmare. It’s just part of your life and reaching your weight loss goals, opens your life up to meeting other goals in your life. Don’t let fear rob you of success in any area of your life. Grab success and run with it.
Someone came up with the broccoli test to see if you are genuinely hungry or not. The thought being that if you are hungry enough to eat broccoli, then you are hungry. Remember President George H. W. Bush saying, “he never, ever, wants to see another sprig of broccoli on his plate, whether he is on Air Force One or at the White House or anywhere else in the land.” He also said, “And I haven’t liked it since I was a little kid and my mother made me eat it. And I’m President of the United States, and I’m not going to eat any more broccoli!” He would not pass the broccoli test.
Many diet experts are of the order of ‘eat only when hungry’ camp. Most of us weight loss challenged think we are hungry all the time. It’s very hard to wait until we are truly hungry, as that decision doesn’t come easy. I like broccoli and eat it often. We use raw broccoli as a dipping vegetable. We like steamed broccoli on our plate next to some grilled chicken. I personally don’t like the “eat only when hungry” plan. It does work for some but not for me.
If you are a Krispy Kreme doughnut fan as I am, you would probably wish there was a donut diet. Well of course, there is a donut diet. Anything you love they can make a diet out of it. One man ate 12 donuts a day for a month and lost 20 pounds. Using the calories-in, calories-out formula, you can eat anything and lose weight if you burn more calories than you take in. You can start eating as many as you want. Soon you will get very tired of donuts and will start eating less of them. Soon you will be losing weight and loving your six donuts a day.
If you think diets are too restrictive, then the donut diet will really define restrictive—donuts and water. You could even get a job at Krispy Kreme and get a dozen free donuts a day. That means you could be paid to diet. That’s the best of all worlds. You could lose weight, but you could lose health as well. Though a donut diet might tickle the fancy, it does show that dieting is more than losing weight. It means learning to eat healthy and learning to love healthy food. Skip the donut.
If you eat what you have always eaten, you will weigh what you have always weighed. Since you have weight issues, I’d guess it would probably be more weight. I’ve touched on this thought from time to time. Overweight people don’t want to give up their favorite foods—fattening foods. Some of these foods have history. When we were in Daytona Beach one hot day, we stopped in a 7-11 to get an ice cream bar. We picked out one called Magnum. They are so good. Now when we think of ice cream bars, they all fall short of the Magnum. The last time we were there, we broke down and got one. It was so good. It has history.
We often remember our trips by what we ate. Sometimes the food is a fallback to an old habit. Making new habits is hard when it comes to food. If you want to lose weight, then you have to change—make new habits. Make new memories. Make new recipes. Go to new restaurants and pick out new ‘on plan’ meals. Something has to change—you. It’s a simple truth, that you have to eat differently in order to lose weight. Make the change. Make a difference in your life.
Excuse – I’m bored. The Cambridge Dictionary says bored means, “feeling tired and unhappy because something is not interesting or because you have nothing to do.” Wikipedia defines it as, “an emotional or psychological state experienced when an individual is left without anything in particular to do, is not interested in his or her surroundings, or feels that a day or period is dull or tedious.” I think most people feel bored at times. Some might feel bored, but they get up and do something that removes the boredom. The worst case in being bored is that it leads to despairing of life.
Being bored while on a weight loss journey is a serious matter. I have that feeling at times and my first instinct is to get up and eat something. That is certainly not going to help a weight loss diet. I know seniors that have the problem just because they have nothing to do, at least think they have nothing to do. Boredom is something we have to fight in order to have success on the weight loss journey. Make a list of things you need to do, and add things to it that you want to do. Think big. I use to have a list of 100 things I wanted to accomplish that year. It is amazing how many you finish when you have a list.
We are traveling to St. Augustine, Florida today. This is one of our favorite places. We stay near the Golf World Hall of Fame, only about 16 miles out of downtown St. Augustine. It’s been a few weeks or longer since we took a trip. Trips are dangerous to your diet. We always have plans, but sometimes they just don’t work out the way you planned. That’s the way it goes for us. We usually go somewhere in the morning such as to the beach and we are out during lunchtime. So we grab a bite somewhere which might not be on plan.
We might take a walk through downtown St. Augustine. The street is solely for pedestrians. There are many places to eat. We do have our favorites. We pass, at least try to pass, the popcorn store with all it’s varieties of popcorn. There are the ice cream shops, and the fudge shops. I think they all have a vent blowing the tantalizing smells out into the walkway. At least we walk a lot when we’re here. Makes up for some of the poor food choices we might make. Maybe this time we won’t make any poor choices. We do have a nice place in Ponte Vedra to get a salad, a good healthy grilled chicken salad.