𝐓𝐡𝐞 𝐫𝐞𝐚𝐬𝐨𝐧 𝐲𝐨𝐮’𝐫𝐞 𝐧𝐨𝐭 𝐦𝐚𝐤𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐩𝐫𝐨𝐠𝐫𝐞𝐬𝐬 𝐢𝐬 𝐛𝐞𝐜𝐚𝐮𝐬𝐞 𝐲𝐨𝐮’𝐫𝐞 𝐟𝐨𝐜𝐮𝐬𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐨𝐧 𝐞𝐚𝐭𝐢𝐧𝐠 “𝐜𝐥𝐞𝐚𝐧”, 𝐢𝐧𝐬𝐭𝐞𝐚𝐝 𝐨𝐟 𝐠𝐞𝐭𝐭𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐡𝐨𝐧𝐞𝐬𝐭.
Last week I asked a question in my stories about what people focused on more when focusing on nutrition. The majority chose clean choices over tracking, and therein lies the problem of why you likely can’t stay consistent.
I was guilty of this too. For a long time, weight loss mode meant eating only broccoli, chicken, and egg whites, and as you can imagine it never lasted more than a week.
The secret that actually worked for me was when I started to get honest with myself and what I was doing.
All of the ‘𝘤𝘭𝘦𝘢𝘯’ choices in the world weren’t going to benefit me if I was still ending up downing a bag of chocolate chips by the end of the week.
𝘚𝘰 𝘸𝘩𝘢𝘵 𝘥𝘰 𝘺𝘰𝘶 𝘧𝘰𝘤𝘶𝘴 𝘰𝘯 𝘪𝘯𝘴𝘵𝘦𝘢𝘥?
𝐂𝐨𝐧𝐬𝐢𝐬𝐭𝐞𝐧𝐜𝐲 𝐰𝐢𝐭𝐡 𝐭𝐫𝐚𝐜𝐤𝐢𝐧𝐠. And that’s going to look different for everyone. Whether you’re old school and use pen and paper, keep a running log of your food on your phone, take pictures of every meal, track in an app, there’s something to be said for the simple act of tracking.
And yes, 𝐲𝐨𝐮 𝐬𝐭𝐢𝐥𝐥 𝐰𝐚𝐧𝐭 𝐭𝐨 𝐛𝐞 𝐞𝐚𝐭𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐡𝐞𝐚𝐥𝐭𝐡𝐲, 𝐰𝐡𝐨𝐥𝐞 𝐟𝐨𝐨𝐝𝐬 𝟖𝟓-𝟗𝟎% 𝐨𝐟 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐭𝐢𝐦𝐞.
But, when we bring awareness to what we’re actually consuming Monday through Sunday, a few things happen…
We can start owning up to all of our choices, the extra bites of Mac and cheese, the post lunch cookies, weekend brunch…
We can think twice over whether we actually need nighttime snack number three…
And we can work on finding balance by incorporating foods we genuinely enjoy, instead of just foods we deem “clean”, because your salad run is only going to last so long.
𝐌𝐢𝐧𝐢 𝐂𝐡𝐚𝐥𝐥𝐞𝐧𝐠e: Track everything for a week and see how you do. Zero judgment on food choices, just track. 𝘞𝘢𝘯𝘵 𝘢 𝘭𝘪𝘵𝘵𝘭𝘦 𝘦𝘹𝘵𝘳𝘢 𝘢𝘤𝘤𝘰𝘶𝘯𝘵𝘢𝘣𝘪𝘭𝘪𝘵𝘺? Send it my way. You in?!