We are well into 2013 and it's time to check in on our New Year's resolutions. Setting personal goals is all about improving our lives, or at least improving some aspects of our lives. I love the New Year because it’s a fresh start and it’s a chance for a new me. I usually start working on improving myself in October when my birthday comes around and in January I go into full force with my New Year’s resolutions.
Since October I have been trying to change my lazy lifestyle for a healthier lifestyle. I purchased new yoga and workout DVDs, I purchased cute new workout clothes and I am trying to make an effort to track my calorie intake and workout at least 3 times a week. I am loving my new healthy lifestyle because I have more energy and I am also noticing a change in my body shape. But let me tell you it hasn’t all been as pleasant as a walk in the park.
The end result of being cute, skinny and healthy is worth the effort but the actual process of eating an apple when you really want to eat French fries is not always a happy time. I definitely encourage everyone who wants to get healthy to change their eating and workout regularly, but at the same time I don’t want you to have any misconceptions about trying to live a healthier life.The ugly truth about trying to lose weight
- There will be tears. Whenever you see a weight loss commercial on television for a new diet regime or a new piece of exercise equipment you always see the person after they have lost the weight and they always have a smile on their face. Sure, it’s easy to do a happy dance when you lost 25 pounds; but what you don’t see is the process of trying to lose weight. Those weight loss commercials never show you the tears, they never talk about the times that you went to bed hungry and the times that you wanted to eat a hamburger but instead you ate a salad. Those are the tough times of the weight loss process.
- It can be expensive. The key to losing weight is to change your daily habits from healthy grocery shopping to counting your calories. You should not want to maintain your current lifestyle and try to lose weight at the same time, if you really want to lose weight you will have to make some changes. In order to lose weight you have to burn more calories in a day than you take in, there are two ways to do this – eat less or workout more.
- You will be hungry. During the first few weeks of weight loss you will be hungry. Snacking on fruits, veggies and nuts will help eliminate some of the hunger but until your body adjusts to your new healthy eating you will be hungry. But don’t worry your body will adjust, after a couple of weeks your stomach will shrink and you will start feeling full with less food. Substituting sugary foods and foods with a high amount of carbohydrates will help you lose weight faster.
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