Motivation: Keeping the Fire Going in Your Fat Loss PlanWritten by Aimee Deak
Motivation is a factor often overlooked when it comes to weight loss endeavors because you feel strong and determined when first embarking on a fat loss plan. You’re positive you’ll never lose sight of your goals. But, what happens when you lose your focus and motivation takes a serious dive? Can you ever regain your fierce determination and get back on track? YES YOU CAN!
Are you ready?
Are you ready to stop fighting against your own success? Are you ready to break free of your limitations? Think for a moment about your desire to lose fat and get fit. Know that if you would attempt it, you would without a doubt, achieve your goal. Think carefully about it. Now, reach out and touch that highest vision.
The day you begin your fat loss plan you have just started to make your goal a reality. You've set your mind on best you can imagine for yourself, and you're on your way. You'll most certainly get there. There will be effort involved in reaching it. But that's okay, because you can do it. In fact, you'll enjoy making that effort because you'll know where it's leading.
Have you ever seen someone who seems to be able to attract success easily and naturally? You've just become that person. The goal you desire will come to you, easily and naturally, because you've focused yourself on achieving it.
The efforts involved may be things you once considered difficult or uncomfortable, yet now they won't bother you because you'll know precisely where they're taking you. You're on your way. Keep going, and delight in wonderful rewards you've already started to create for yourself, including feeling better and living longer!
HOLIDAY SURVIVAL GUIDEWritten by Aimee Deak
The Holiday season has officially begun and Christmas is almost here. This is time of year when most Americans are NOT beginning a new diet, rather ending their old one. The Holidays bring family, friends, and … food. Lots of food. SO, PLEASE…Don’t fight it. Don’t be a "food martyr". The Thanksgiving and Christmas Holidays are times of year where food not only “keeps us going”, but is a social event. If you avoid everything, you won’t feel like you are a "part of things."
Avoiding food this Christmas will leave you with a sense of having missed out on something good. Something that brings us closer to people with whom we celebrate this special time of year. Not eating will leave you feeling deprived. Feeling deprived ultimately sets you up for failure in your diet, and your goal for a lean body.
So go ahead and eat. Enjoy yourself. But let’s make a deal! As soon as Christmas Day is done, it’s back to your healthy eating program. The last thing you want to do is make Holiday season last from Halloween to Valentines Day.
Here are some suggestions:
• On Christmas Eve & Christmas Day, eat whatever you like until you are “not quite full”. Then stop for at least 30 minutes to give your stomach a chance to send "fullness signals" to your brain. If you are still hungry at that point, then eat a little more. Remember: Allow yourself some slack but DO NOT abandon your sensible eating plan to irresponsible excess!
• Be sensible and really plan ahead. Slightly reduce your caloric (and carbohydrate) intake before and after your biggest eating days. Be strong and show some restraint. Do not gulp your food, nor over-stuff yourself, and whatever you do, NO hyperventilating! Do not stay and sit with those who continue to eat even though they are full BEYOND capacity. Walk away from table! Remember: Find A Happy Balance Between Indulgence & Moderation!