Prepping Your Space for Weight Loss Success
Many people think that their weight loss failures in the past have been due to a lack of determination and will power. Have you ever said to yourself, “I want to lose weight, but I just can’t do it. I’ll never be one of those thin people.” I know that those are words I’ve spoken to myself, and while I could go into a huge post on why those two sentences are total bunk and focus on the wrong things, today, I’m heading in a different direction.
In order to be successful at weight loss, you need to set yourself up for success. You don’t make it to the NHL because you want to. You don’t pen a literary award winner because you think it’s a nice idea. Anyone who has ever had success in any realm of life, has done so by putting down a foundation they can build their success upon. They’ve taken many steps to get to their goals; their first steps of setting themselves up for success, ensure it’s a reality down the road.
In the world of healthy living and weight loss, there are a few areas in which we need to examine our current state of being, and what it should become if we want to shed that weight and live a healthier lifestyle. One of the first, and most important considerations is your space.
Home is a haven, or at least it should be. You come home from a long day at work, and sit down to your favourite relaxation technique, be it reading a book and sipping a cup of tea, like my mother, or jack-hammering out the cement pad behind that house, like my father. It’s a place of safety and harmony. Temptations and cares of the day go out the window, as you cross that threshold.
Is your home a food haven? Does your kitchen tempt you towards gluttony and indulgence, or does it inspire you towards healthy eating?
Take some time to examine your cupboards, fridge, and freezer. Take a look through and ask, where am I doing well? Where is change needed?
Do some purging this week. If it’s highly processed, downright unhealthy, or some other form of nastiness, chuck it. If you can’t get yourself to garbage food, and it’s still unopened, consider donating it to your local food bank or shelter. Also, watch for your trigger foods. Trigger foods are those foods that set you off on a binge. For some it’s chips, for me, it’s peanut butter and ice cream. The best way to avoid temptation is to simply not have it in the house. Because at the end of a long day, that trigger food will be calling your name and before you know it, you’ll be eating Nutella by the spoonful. And by the time your brain kicks in and realizes what you’re doing, it’ll be too late. Then you’ll just berate yourself until the cows come home, and liable to say, “Well, I’ve screwed it up anyways. Might as well screw it up some more.” Umm…no. Remember. Tomorrow may be another day, but we all have weak moments, and rather than trashing the whole day, start again as soon as you can. Get yourself in a good space. Move on. But even better, purge your pantry. Then you can’t binge on that Nutella in the first place.
Be careful of the tricksy foods that make you think they’re healthy, whether because they’re low calorie, or because it sounds like it should be healthy. Examples included the highly processed 100 calorie snack packs, low-sugar yogurts that are sweetened with Splenda or asparatame, pop in general, fruit juice (very high sugar, consume with caution) instant oatmeal, and many forms of granola( which are loaded with sugar and fat). Remember, just because the packaging makes it look healthy, that doesn’t mean it is.
Here’s to a week of healthy eating and good choices!