I told you that today I was going to talk about taking better care of your body, and like I said yesterday….. it’s not all about losing weight. Although it seems like that is on almost everyone’s New Years list, I have a real problem with so much focus being on “how much you weigh” and I want to share with you how you might consider changing a few things on how you nurture your body with regard to food choices and having a plan.
A few months ago I shared how I was rather fed up with my body. I had been struggling with a few extra pounds and just felt out of energy and frustrated. I know you can relate! We all experience this at different times.
I was fortunate enough to run across this 30 day PALEO challenge and decided it was time to jump in. I got a girlfriend of mine onboard to join me, as we both had read how Paleo can really benefit those who struggle to fight different autoimmune conditions, as well as many other benefits. I did the 30 days, lost 8 pounds and was very happy. It began a larger journey for me – really thinking more consciously about the food I was putting in my body as well as my family.
If you are looking to make some changes for the New Year, I suggest to make small changes so they can last. When we try to overhaul in a BIG way, we often fail. We lose momentum and get discouraged. I don’t want that for you.
Get a Plan
One of the things that can be hard with changing habits is just developing new habits to take the place of the old ones! With regard to eating….this is key. If you know you would like to eat healthier to feel better or to lose some weight, then you have to have a plan. I hate coming up with my own plans, I can’t wing it. I just want to be told what to do, what to eat and what exercise to fit into my daily schedule. One of the things that worked so well for me was following the 30 day Paleo Challenge and then switching to the eMeals Paleo Meal plan – I didn’t have to think about making it all work!
If you are unfamiliar with eMeals they are a site that will give you a weeks menu plan, complete with recipes, grocery shopping list – all done for you. You can print the information out or have it on their great APP – which is really handy to access anywhere.
They just released a new 500 calorie meal plan, perfect if you are looking to simply reduce calorie intake. This meal plan includes a grocery list itemized by section of the store, 7 healthy main dish recipes and sides, and is a simple tool to help you get organized and lose weight in 2014! You can choose to get this meal plan for a family or for 1-2. Each recipe and meal as a whole is broken down with a calorie count to help you track and measure your goals. It’s never been easier – they do all the work for you! You can join now, and enjoy any plan for 15% off using the code DINNER through January. You can also change your meal plan too!
As with any goal you truly have to be focused and committed. If you are looking to change your eating habits, then make that the focus. If you can add in some movement each day – do that. If it is too much to do at the beginning then stick with one area. If you try to do too much at once, then you will get overwhelmed and quite. I hear this over and over again from moms…..and I know I struggle with it myself.
So if changing your eating is goal #1, focus there. If getting your body moving is goal #1, focus there. Do not stretch yourself thin ladies….have grace with yourself and be realistic.
Each Day is New
This is a biggie – we will fail – every single one of us – we will cheat, eat something we shouldn’t have, but life goes on. You need to stay committed and realize that each day is new and you do not need to hold onto the mistake you made yesterday. Begin each day new and feel the power that can come from that. Give yourself lots of grace, encourage yourself with motivation when you are successful. Find a buddy who you can share both your success and failures with along the way. It was such a relief when I could share with my friend that I had cheated and “fell off the wagon” when we were trying to be on the strict 30 day Paleo challenge.
Find Your Weakness
Okay, we all have them – chocolate, salty foods, crunchy things – those items that just call our names when we know we cannot have them! For me, it is salty chips. They are my downfall….but you know, if I allow myself to have 4-5 chips when I crave them, I can let the craving go. It isn’t sitting there haunting me every time I walk into the kitchen.
What is your weakness? Maybe this is a bigger issue for you? If it is, I encourage you to participate in this online book study over at Proverbs 31 ministries where they will be studying Lisa Terkeursts’ “Made to Crave“. This might be just the study you need to be set free from issues related to food.
I pray that whatever your goal is for the New Year that you find encouragement to succeed. Find a plan, follow a plan and be good to your body. No one is perfect….so remember that. Each day is new, so capture the joy in knowing that!