Oh, the elusive tomorrow. How often do you say to yourself, I’ll start eating healthy tomorrow or see someone jogging down the street and think, I can do that… I’ll start tomorrow! But tomorrow never comes, does it? It can never be yesterday or tomorrow, it’s always today. So let’s start thinking of your health as something you can improve at any time, starting now.
1) Listen to your signals. Think about how full or hungry you are feeling right now. Start with your stomach. Does it feel empty, neutral, or full? How about your body? Are you dizzy? Do you have a headache? Do you feel like unbuttoning your pants or taking a food coma nap? Take a second to listen to your body and rate your hunger on a scale of 1 to 10, 1 being so hungry your stomach may start to eat itself, and 10 being uncomfortably full to the point of feeling sick. Watch your body instead of the clock when deciding if it’s time to eat.
2) What do you want now? If you are slightly hungry- a 3 or 4- then it’s time to eat. But before you reach for your old standby, maybe convenient junk food or a “healthy” salad, think about what you really want. What sounds good right now? Your body is not a giant mouth, so don’t just think about what will taste good. Are you in the mood for something light or heavy? Cold or hot? Eating something that tastes good and will nourish your body will make you feel more satisfied and decrease overeating.
3) Move. Whether your goal is to run a marathon or walk a longer distance than from your t.v. to the fridge, start now. Keep hand weights by the television or computer and use them. Do some bicep curls while you read this. Do sit ups or push ups on commercials. Or go for a walk right now. This post will be here when you get back.
4)Find distractions. Are you an emotional or bored eater? Do you cry while eating frozen cookie dough and watching sappy movies? Distract yourself. Pick a healthy hobby to turn to when the urge to eat when you’re not hungry strikes. Read a book, start a scrapbook, or join your office fantasy football or baseball league.
5) Have fun. If you are putting off things you enjoy until you lose weight, you’re not having enough fun. Go to the beach, go dancing, buy a new outfit or book that vacation.
What are you going to do today to work toward your weight loss goals?