DROP THE TIMELINE AND BE FREE
The most powerful mental decision I made was to drop the timeline. Do NOT say, I want to weigh this, by “this date.” Your body loses weight, and gains and retains water depending on hormones and even foods you consume. Don’t mentally punish yourself by giving yourself a time frame to lose the weight.
The most powerful thing I have ever done was to toss the timeline out the window. It immediately took the pressure off getting my “dream body” by a certain date. Your dream body will take months, maybe even a couple years to achieve. LET GO. Rather than giving yourself a timeline, or even worse, a deadline, just stick with the program, and let the results come in their own time, and believe me, they will come quicker that way. Don’t go mental trying to make something happen. Just stick with the program.
GIVE YOURSELF CHEAT MEALS
Give yourself CHEAT MEALS. What is a cheat meal? It’s ONE meal, not several throughout the day, this does not include deserts. Don’t eat until you’re sick, rather eat until you are full. I do ONE to TWO cheat meals per week depending on my personal goals. Giving yourself a cheat meal is healthy–mentally healthy, and that will result in actual physical health. If you don’t need it, don’t do it. If you need it, do it!
LET US EAT CAKE
Give yourself one CHEAT DESSERT per week IF NEEDED. Keep it to one, small portion size. For example: (one small frozen yogurt or blizzard). An occasional treat is good for your emotional state when dieting.
DON’T FOLLOW YOUR PAST DIET RULES–EAT THAT POTATO
If you have done low carb diets in the past, ignore the tempation to “cut” your carbs. You will need these carbs because you are eating low fat. It is also okay to “increase” your carbs by 40-50 grams of carbs on leg workout days. Just DON’T go over your calorie limit if you choose to do so.
YOU CAN EAT CARBS AT NIGHT, YOU’RE HUMAN
It is okay to eat your carbs at any time of the day. Eat when you are hungry, and don’t eat if you are not hungry. Just stay within your calorie range.
ARE YOU SMARTER THAN A FIFTH GRADER?
Scenario: It’s your birthday, or your anniversary, or a holiday, DO YOU EAT LIKE NORMAL? Yes, you eat like you normally would. Don’t punish yourself. Remember, you don’t have a timeline, so you can always start back tomorrow.
ARE YOU DUMBER THAN A FIFTH GRADER?
Scenario: It’s someone else’s birthday, a family gathering, or an office party, DO YOU EAT LIKE NORMAL? No, You DON’T eat like you normally would. You’re trying to cut fat and lose weight! There could be an office party, friend’s birthday, or family gathering for all you know several times in one week. Rather, you just stick with the program.
Free Printable Healthy Mental Habits Guide
You can print this, save it to your form, hang it on your fridge or write the words mentally on your heart. Learn the basics before you start the program. This will help you STICK WITH THE PROGRAM.