Since my holiday almost a year -and 7 kilos- ago, I have been struggling to pick back up on my healthy lifestyle. I wonder why it is so hard to get back on track after a short sinful period. In my case, I think it has something to do with motivation, combined with habit. Once you get that taste of sugar again… At the point where I lost more than 30 pounds, I felt like it was ok to cut myself some slack. Although in fact, I still needed to lose another 20 pounds to reach my goal weight.
The help I needed
It was clear I needed some help. So, I did what I do best: I read a book: The Beck Diet Solution: Train Your Brain to Think Like a Thin Person by Judith Beck. What sets this book apart from most of the weight loss books out there, and what made it very helpful to me, is that is focuses on what to think and do, instead of what to eat. Because I think by now, I have a pretty good idea of what is and isn’t healthy. It’s the actually doing it part that I haven’t got figured out quit yet. The book contains a six-week program, which gives you a new assignment every day. With each new assignment, you also repeat the former ones. The first few steps are sort of organizational. For example, and my personal favorite, to get a notebook. Also, to pick a healthy (!) diet. Now, I’m not a fan of dieting, but that’s ok, because I already know what works for me: just eating healthy and lay off (most of) the candy.
The purpose of the notebook is to write down your meal plan for the next day. You write down exactly what you are going to eat (and drink!) and you stick to that. How that sticking-to-it-part is done, will be revealed in the following steps… to be continued!