One day, almost two years ago, I realized that I did not have a single thing in my closet that fit me. The waistband of my last and largest pair of ‘skinny jeans’ had stretched beyond reason and I could not suck it in to button them. Done. Stick fork in me.
After 14 years I had crept up the scale and this was it. No jeans. If you are in this situation, I get it. It hurts even more because of the pride we took in putting BOTH legs in the same leg of our old fat jeans.
I took an assessment of myself and had a Come to Jesus Moment where I knew I had to make serious changes to get me back to my core. I had fallen into a hole where for months I had been negative, unmotivated, not sleeping well and was stressed to my limits.
It is not uncommon for intelligent people to find themselves in this situation. For years I have been the one giving the advice that you have to eventually come to your senses and realize that no one is going to save you, you have to save yourself. This time I was the one who needed help and I had to figure out how to dig myself out.
It took me 30 days to turn things around with a plan, a big shot of willpower and the resolve that I would do whatever it took. I knew it would take more than just a food plan, there are several aspects of life that must come together in order for positive change to take over.
Face your Reality. Dig out the favorite jeans that you no longer wear. You and I both know WHY you no longer wear them. How bad is the situation? Pull those jeans as far up your thighs as they’ll go and take an honest look at yourself in the mirror. Then sit down and think about how you feel about what you just saw. This is supposed to be ugly and uncomfortable – there are often tears. This is often referred to as rock bottom, reality check, but it’s a necessary first step.
Clean out the Kitchen. Get a big trash bag and toss all the foods that you know you are not good for you. The cookies, chips, crackers, bread, ice cream, candy, rice, pasta, Hot Pockets, frozen waffles, anything processed that is NOT healthy. If you are drinking soda again, it goes too. NO DRINKING SODA. It doesnt matter who you bought it for or what you read on Facebook about others drinking it, it goes into the trash bag. Do not bs yourself that you don’t want to waste food, THROW THEM INTO THE BAG.
Gather your Supplies. Make a shopping list of foods that will bring you towards your goal. Greek yogurt, unsweetened almond milk, eggs, chicken, salmon, baby spinach, walnuts, broccoli, green beans, asparagus, apples, lemons and berries. Pick up or order protein drinks, as they are the cornerstone of the BE Diet Plan. Yes, we are calling it a diet. It’s a diet. ‘Everything in Moderation’ didn’t work out too well and to get back ground lost its going to take a diet.
How’s your Health. Have you neglected taking prescriptions while in your funk? Did you STOP taking your bariatric vitamins? Falling into a hole means you are no longer taking care of yourself or putting yourself FIRST. Don’t beat yourself up, just get back on the program. Fill new prescriptions and order your vitamins. Figure out how to set your smartphone reminder to go off twice a day for your pills – download a ringtone that makes you smile. Mine is the theme from ‘Sex and the City’ and when I hear it I smile and grab my vitamins! Small successes build up.
Move your body. You’ve gotten by long enough without exercise. SURGERY IS NOT ENOUGH. We have a No Excuses Plan that if you can walk, you can do. Twelve minutes, three times a week. OR buy an eight pound dumbbell at Target for $10 and follow the ‘Ten Minute Torchers’ video three days a week. It’s ten minutes, seriously, you can handle it. It will make you feel GREAT and you will lose way more pounds, I promise! One of our support group Admins has lost 100 pounds from a wheelchair and exercises – so if you are getting ready to run the tape that you have have some bad body part and can’t, DO NOT GO THERE. Everyone can do something to raise their heart rate and increase metabolism.
Have an attitude of gratitude. The popular phrase was created years ago by motivational speaker Zig Ziglar. It means the more you recognize and express gratitude for the things you have, the more things you will have to express gratitude for. It’s easy to be negative and at first it will take a concerted effort for you to *sparkle*. Set aside five minutes each evening to think about what went RIGHT with your day and the effects will be long lasting.
Commit to breakfast. It’s ridiculous to keep skipping breakfast when we all know better. Our plan requires that you drink a protein drink within one hour of feet on the floor. No excuses. It’s part of the deal and it’s not hard. Just do it.
Plan for meals, no winging it. Make sure you have thought out how you are going to accomplish ‘5 protein shakes a day’ at the office, pick up the right tools if you need a protein powder container or a nifty lunch bag for nuts or fruit and make sure you have your healthy suppers planned in advance. Digging yourself out of a rut takes a plan but you also need to have enough respect for yourself to follow it.
Recharge every night. Sleep is a critical part of this plan and getting ample rest is important to your well being. Go to bed early and if you need it, take a natural sleep aid such as our Goodnight sleep tabs to reset your pattern.
At the end of 30 days, sit down and really think about how far you have come in this short time. Think about how you feel mentally, physically and spiritually. It is a good bet that instead of at the bottom of a deep hole, you will be on a clear and bright path that will lead you to better health and a stronger sense of self actualization. Your daily habits can be a host for misery or a platform for positive change. It is up to you!
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