Don’t Worry, Be Happy!

Hands up if you made a new years’ resolution involving diet and exercise?
*raises hands.*

Hands up if those resolutions completely disintegrated within the first 15 days?
*raises hands and hides face*

I’ve come to realize that all these so-called resolutions and goals never really work out in the long run and the reason they don’t is because I approach them as if they are projects to be completed, as opposed to a lifestyle!
In order to successfully achieve my goal, I’ve learnt that I need to incorporate the little changes daily into my daily routines, so gone are the get-fit-quick Hollywood diet and work out fads! So far, I’ve tried:

  • The Lighter Life Plan: A diet which solely consists of drinking nutrition shakes/bars for a minimum of three months. Under no circumstances are you allowed to eat “non-plan” solid food. I lasted 7 days and lost a total of 10 lbs, however I passed out on the last day. X_X 
  • The Waterfall Diet: As the name suggests, the diet consists of drinking a LOT of water- more than what i’m sure is the suggested daily amount. Lasted 3 days, then read in the Daily Mail that drinking vast amounts of water within a short time can kill you as it drowns your brain or something…(something like that anyway, LOL)
  • The Master Cleanse: Waste of time and money, tastes like expired cabbage and has absolutely no nutrition whatsoever. Lasted a day. Lbs lost: none. 
  • The ‘No Carb’ Diet: Was pointless from the get go. Considering that i’m African and the majority of our food consists of carbs and meat, that was NEVER going to be successful, I love my carbs too much LOL! That last about 3 hours. 
Over the last month or so, i’ve learnt to recognize my eating habits and make changes towards them. For instance:
  • I never eat breakfast on weekdays: Solution – Having a piece of fruit in the morning, or buying a packet of fruit on the way to work. On weekdays, my breakfast consists of the dishes above.
  • I always eat two big meals a day, then snack a lot: Solution – Limit my portion size (I can’t eat more than two meals a day for some reason so I can’t change that lol) and instead of snacking on chocolate, I substitute them for fruit bars and coffee. (I know that’s bad but…well..baby steps people…baby steps. :P) 
Tell me your ‘fad diet’ stories!
How do you approach your diet?
3 comments so far.
  • Great post dear. Struggled with weight during teen life and pregnancy but now I'm pleased to say that's all gone.

    i I try to eat as much as I can,well to be honest I'm not even a big eater I have English breakfast in e morning, fruits,snacks in between meals&Salads in e evening. I do dance classes once or twice a week

    Hope u find something that works for u long term. May u have e strength and courage to fulfill ur resolutions xxx

  • AspirationsOfGlam

    My January has been so stressful Ive found myself overcompensating with food. I cant wait to get back in the gym! I like your approach…its about recognising and making small changes rather than radical ones.

    Liz
    http://www.aspirationsofglam.blogspot.com
    xxx

  • i was on body chef for a couple of weeks, amazing. It helps to show you how you should be eating!