Failure is simply the opportunity to begin again, this time more intelligently.
It may seem like you've been here so many times before that there is no hope. I'm here to tell you that there is hope. As long as you are alive, you have the potential to change. All you have to do is activate that potential by deciding not to give up and begin again, this time more intelligently.
Here are a few ideas to help you drop those extra holiday pounds:
- Avoid drinking your calories. Take a break from juices, soda, tea, etc. and drink water to rehydrate and release excess water (that’s what most of the extra weight is).
- Avoid artificial sweeteners. Ditch Splenda, Sweet-n-Low, Equal and those cool little flavor packets that you sometimes add to your water. They will likely sabotage your hydration efforts and some studies show a correlation between heavy artificial sweetener usage and craving sweets and processed carbs.
- Avoid snack foods, processed foods, and alcohol. Just say no to high calorie, sugary, or highly processed foods like cookies, cakes, chips, ice cream, pasta, bacon and sausage, deli meat, wine, and beer. Not forever, but for a good 3-4 days to get your taste buds back on track.
- Choose whole, real foods. You don’t really need a fancy detox program. Just focus on eating whole foods and drinking water and that will take care of itself. By whole foods I mean the ones that are typically found around the perimeter of the store –fruits, vegetables and lean meats from the butcher section (chicken, turkey, some cuts of pork and beef). This can go a long way to helping you restore balance and ditch the cravings.
- Choose to get 7-8 hours of sleep per night. Turn off whatever is keeping you up and go to bed! When your body is low on sleep, your defenses are down and it becomes easier to make poor eating choices. Second, when you’re tired, you’re less likely to do your workout and if you do, it will likely be at a much lower intensity which means you burn less calories. Third, a lack of sleep also interferes with your metabolism. Sleep is the third leg of the stool – diet, exercise, and proper rest are all essential for you to be at your best.
- Choose to move more. Consider high intensity interval training because it produces the biggest calorie burn in the shortest period of time. On weight training days, incorporate cardio in between sets – again to maximize your burn. Note: If you didn’t work out while you were away, then I’d encourage you to ease in slowly. You can start with a 15-20 minute routine for a day or two and then ramp it up to a solid 30+-minute routine. I have a few free workouts on my YouTube channel, check them out here.
So forgive yourself, learn from your mistakes and come up with a new game plan that sets you up for success. Don't give up on yourself; you've got this!