Welcome to Karmen’s Korner! If you are a new reader, be sure to follow my blog to get notifications on future posts (it’s free to create an account). If you are a returning reader, then welcome back. This week, I decided to give a little bit of advice to my fellow dieters. I understand your struggle; it is hard to diet, especially when everyone around you isn’t. I hope this week’s post helps out a little and gives you the strength to keep going.
Dieting is not easy. It’s especially hard to do alone. There are unhealthy options all around us, and sadly they are easier to come by than healthier options. I am on my fourth week of dieting. I am not completely alone because my aunt is also doing it with me, and luckily her house is just seconds away, so I can visit whenever temptation is getting strong. Even with her support, it is hard to diet when my parents aren’t restricting as much as I am. In case any of you are interested in my routine, I am intermittent fasting and only eating between 11:00 am and 7:00 pm. I am also only consuming, at most, 1000 calories a day.
A good thing to keep in mind is knowing that you are on your way to a better self. A way I also keep myself away from temptation is the knowledge that eating whatever is tempting me will taste good, but I will be feeling majorly regretful and guilty after it is gone. Also, keep in mind that eating it will not make you happier than you will be later when you are feeling like your best self. Be strong and stay away. If you still find yourself struggling, a great technique that has really helped me get through is meditation and relaxing yoga. These techniques are helping me to resist temptation and get in touch with my body. I understand if this may seem skeptical to you because it was to me too until I gave it a try. It really has helped along with some light arm and leg exercises.
(If you are interested in my more in-depth routine, let me know in the comments below!)
If I quit now, I will soon be back to where I started. And when I started, I was desperately wishing to be where I am now.Pinterest
When dieting alone, and living with others, there is always unhealthy food in your space and within easy reach, so make sure to keep the health in your view. A good tip is to keep the healthy snacks and ingredients in the front of your fridge and shelves. That way when you get in the mood for a snack, they are the first thing you see, and you are less tempted. If you haven’t already, check out last week’s post on “5 Easy Healthy Snacks” where I give you my go-to snacks that require minimal prep time and will leave you satisfied. These snacks are the things I keep within easy reach for my snacking moments.
Like I said earlier, I am on my fourth week of dieting and I have thankfully gotten past my breaking point. I have never actually held a diet this long before. It has helped a ton to have someone holding me responsible, so even if no one you know is dieting, find someone who can hold you accountable. This can be a friend, a parent, a sibling, or any relative. Just find someone you can talk to in times of temptation. It will help a lot; trust me!
You are not hungry, you are bored. Drink some water and learn the difference.Pinterest
Another good tip for dieting alone is to make a vision board. You can put pictures and quotes on a bulletin board, your phone wallpaper, or even a Pinterest board (which is what I have). It needs to be somewhere you can look at it every day and can find it easily. I have two vision boards; one for my life and one for my weight loss journey. A big thing that is inspiring me is the concept of outfits that I will get to wear once I am at my target weight. I love 90s fashion specifically, so I have a lot of pictures of Rachel and Monica on my board in outfits that I love. I also have quotes that I can look at and really relate to. In fact, the quotes in this post have come straight from my vision board.
Leave a comment below letting me know your thoughts on this week’s post and if you have any further questions. What is your weight loss routine? Do you use any of these techniques to stay strong? I hope you enjoyed this week’s post and be sure to click the like button below. Visit the links below to follow my blog via email or WordPress account to get notifications on future posts as well as to view other posts I have written. See you next time!
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