Welcome back to the second part of the eight things I did wrong in trying to loose weight. Looking back, I can’t believe I was so naive but when you’re trying on your own, with out any help or guidance, you just try everything you can think of to loose those extra pounds.
5. I started eating salads as main meals
I enjoy a salad and yes, a salad is a great way of keeping your calorie intake down. However, a salad may have fewer calories than a pizza but doesn’t have the same satisfaction. You need to gain some satisfaction from what you eat.
I found that when I ate salad for my main meal, a few hours later I was back in the kitchen looking for something else to eat. Eating like this is not eating well. You need to eat a balanced meal with more calories than simply eating a salad and then snacking an hour or so later. You should add protein, vegetables and fruit to your meal as your body needs a good balanced diet to keep you going throughout your day. You could add nuts to make it more nutritious but make sure you avoid the salad dressings as these can be very fattening.
6. I started my new diets on Mondays
Or another title could be ‘How to Set Myself Up For Failure’. It’s great to have motivation to start your new healthy life but not so good to keep on starting your diet on a Monday. When I tried this, as I did several times with several different diets, I would eat all weekend like I was never going to eat again. I ate what I wanted, regardless of how fattening it was because I knew that come Monday, I would be starving myself on some new diet.
What I realised, after several failed attempts to loose weight, was that a diet doesn’t start on a Monday. It doesn’t start on any given day of the week. It starts in your mind. It has to become a part of the way you live your life. For example, create a healthy shopping list to take to the supermarket, and STICK TO IT.
7. I was too embarrassed to go to the gym
I always thought that I was too fat to join any sort of exercise class, swimming pool or gym. The thought of what people would think of me stopped me even thinking about doing any sort of exercise in public.
If you have been following me you will have seen that I have given you a lot of exercises that you can do in the comfort of your own home, without anyone watching or having an opinion of you. This is a brilliant start. If you have been following along, then you should be very proud of yourself.
The next step is to let yourself enjoy other activities outside your home. For instance, go swimming, take a walk, you don’t need a dog to go for a walk in the park and if you have a dog, they would always enjoy an extra lap of the park. Join the gym if you want to. There are a lot of people who feel the same as you do, and you could find yourself receiving and giving motivation to others. You could find yourself a friend or two as well.
8. I set my goals too high
When I first decided to change my life, I set myself unrealistic goals. Looking back now, I realise that they were unobtainable to someone like myself, just starting out on changing my attitude and my diet. When I failed to achieve, I felt that I had failed yet again and in my mind was always the question “why bother”. I now know that instead of telling myself I would loose a certain amount of weight by a certain date, I should tell myself not to choose a bag of crisps for a snack, I should choose an apple instead.
This is what I mean when I say that you should not set long term goals. These become unobtainable very quickly. Goals that are too far off somewhere in the future are of no help to you at all.
Try to plan smaller, more reachable goals that you can regularly meet to keep your motivation high. Start by setting yourself a weekly goal, for example, writing out a healthy shopping list and sticking to it. Having a healthy snack instead of a fattening one. Walking or riding a bike instead of using the car on a short journey.
By setting yourself weekly, monthly and three monthly goals, you will find that once you meet just one short term goal, your motivation will be high and you can set another short term goal for the following week. This way, each small step gets you closer to where you want to be without huge strides which you could never keep up.
Over the last couple of posts we have seen the eight mistakes I made and I have hopefully given you some answers as well. I now look at weight loss from a totally different perspective and it has paid off. The key is not dieting constantly. The key is healthy eating and exercise. Something my whole family can do together. I now enjoy helping others with weight loss and keeping healthy.