So as I have been trying to take more baby weight off and get back into my “pre-baby” body I have been trying to make some better choices in my lifestyle such as drinking more water, choosing better snacks, exercising more and so on. I have been finding that it is hard, takes time and involves some planning. I have fully support the saying, “If you fail to plan, you plan to fail.” That is so true. I find myself falling off track when I don’t know what the next thing I am going to eat when I am ravenously hungry! Give me some food and I will eat the nearest thing in sight (watch out hubby!).
So, like I tell my clients – get some protein and fiber to help fill you up and remember to drink your water. Easier said than done, haha! I am pretty adamant about finding new solutions to problems instead of giving up. I think I have finally found some ways to help me “walk the walk” instead just all “talk the talk”.
PROBLEM 1: Getting in at least 64 ounces of water
SOLUTION: I know I may look a little funny with this huge jug of water but it sure helps me drink water continuously. I was finding that I was being too lazy to fill up my container so why not fill it up only once! I also have given myself the task of filling it up each night before I go to bed. When I wake up (which we are all dehydrated when we wake up in the morning anyway) the first thing I will do is go to the fridge and drink some cold water – again just too lazy to do that first thing when I wake up coffee – for some reason coffee is easier? I need to get hydrated first and then I can have some coffee or other beverage, decaf that is.
PROBLEM 2: Snacks – I always some something sweet, salty – you name it I want it!
SOLUTION: Frozen cashews! I know, weird huh but very good! I bought the lightly salted cashews and put them in the freezer so they would not turn rancid and this past weekend I pulled them out of the freezer, grabbed a handful and oh my! They almost satisfy a sweet tooth too! They are salty, crunchy and sweet – plus the fat and protein they contain will keep me full longer! I know what you are saying – you can eat the whole container! Yes, look below.
PROBLEM 3: Eating too much of the good stuff – portion size way too big!
SOLUTION: Keep your digital scale on the kitchen counter and weigh EVERYTHING! I weigh out my nuts, fruit, meat – you name it – I weight it! Everything except for liquids, I just measure out. I used to just measure out different foods and I would always find myself filling the 1/4 cup-size to the the brim, almost overflowing, thinking a little more won’t hurt. Well honey, a little more sure adds up (especially when it comes to nuts)! I set out time each week to weigh out a bunch of nuts and put them into little snack-size bags and place in my cupboard and when I am hungry I go straight to my little baggies. See why you have to plan!
I know these things are very elementary but sometimes you just need to hear it again! Try them out and hopefully they work for you too!