The devil is in the details, or so they say. It’s the little things that matter when it comes to success. Weight loss is no different. How many times have we shipwrecked on the shores of distraction or poor planning. How many weight loss journeys have ended because we got off track or fell off the wagon?
Several years ago I began a walking program. I was up to about 4 1/2 miles every day. This was a hilly course through my neighborhood. Even on days when I would work back-to-back doubles at the hospital I would still walk before sleeping.
Then, it happened. I caught a really nasty cold with whole package of fever, aches, pains, stuffy nose and generally miserable feelings.
I missed a day.
I never returned to my walking program.
Weight loss also requires dedication. The smallest bump can send you reeling into excess calories and another failed attempt at loosing pounds.
There is an answer.
Planning is Essential
Here are 5 tips to keep you focused.
- Plan TODAY for TOMORROW. As much as possible, know what you will be eating at least a day in advance. Make sure you have the needed foods in the house. Pencil your eating into your app or diary and know now what you will eat and how those foods will affect your plan.
- Leave NOTHING to Chance. Pack your lunch. It will save you money over fast food and is almost guaranteed to be healthier than the junk passed through the drive-through window. Make sure to pack plenty of volume so that you stay full. See #3 next.
- Some foods are much more FILLING. Eat them. You are probably different from me but I find that apples fill me up and keep me full longer than any other food. A salad is probably number 2. If you maintain fullness you will be less likely to randomly gobble down something your neither need nor want. There may be some other food that is filling to you. Take it with you and stay satisfied.
- AVOID food traps like the PLAGUE. I once had a job where my desk faced a candy machine not 20 feet away. That’s disaster waiting to happen. If candy machines tempt you, stay out of the break room. If a Big Mac calls to you then don’t buy coffee from McDonald’s. If you have a powerful sweet tooth stay away from the “Seasonal aisle” at Walmart. Don’t put yourself in an unwinnable situation.
- Shop when you are FULL. It is well known that shopping on an empty stomach is hazardous to both your pocketbook and your waistline. Know the foods you will eat in the coming week and shop for them, with a list, when you are full. You will be less likely to succumb to impulse eating.
I believe you can eat anything you want – nothing is off limits – as long as you account for it in your daily plans. But it is vital to be prepared to face every day. This is not a game. It is real life. A little planing will go a very long way.