Set yourself up to succeed not to fail.
You’ve tried to diet before, and perhaps for the first week you were able to follow your plan but sooner or later you break and fail. Once you’ve cheated the second, third and forth cheats becomes easier and easier. That’s why I’m taking my time and planning on doing things the right way as part of 30 Days To A Better Me. I want to succeed for the long term and if that means it takes a bit longer and a bit of planning on my part then I’m willing to do it. So with success in mind I made a big decision, it’s time to clean out the cupboards of all the food stuffs that shouldn’t be there and are the weak links in my will power.
A few weeks ago this would have been so difficult. instead of cleaning out the cupboards and fridge I was stocking them up so that I have everything I needed to entertain friends and family over the holidays but I’ve had enough. The first step was to eat everything over the last few weeks that was already purchased and in the fridge. Chocolates, cookies and of course the oh so tasty dips and cheeses. Of course I didn’t eat it all in one evening, instead I spread it out. A little bit one night, shared with friends on another night… you get the point. Over a couple of weeks I weaned myself off all the tasty, tempting treats that had taken over my pantry.
The second step was a surgical procedure. Everything in my fridge, freezer and cupboards that wasn’t healthy or even worse, was one of my trigger comfort foods, was thrown out. Salad dressings that had more fat and calories than a donut, sauces that turned a healthy vegetable into candy and any jars that contained jams and preserves were all tossed out. I want nothing in my fridge that can tempt me at 9pm on a Friday night when I’m weak and craving something sweet. I think of all the things going forward that I’m going to be doing to help me reach all my goals and I have to say that keeping a home free of temptation is going to be the easiest thing I do.
I challenge you to try the same. Before you make your major diet and nutrition adjustments cleanse your home of temptation. You might still have a moment of weakness here and there, you are only human after all, but at least it won’t be in your home at arms reach on a day to day basis. If you are going to cheat you will have to work to cheat!
For the next week or so I’m going to try something new, every time I crave a treat I’m going to drink a big glass of water. I’m not sure if it will work but I know I need to drink more water anyway so I’m going to give it a try and I’ll report back next week to let you know how I fare. Do you have any tips or advice on things that have worked for you to curb the cravings? Please share I can use all the help I can get.
Perhaps if a big glass of water doesn’t work to take my mind off of my cravings then maybe I’ll have to distract myself. I can’t think of a better distraction than listening to the fabulous Dawn Chubai’s newest album Under The Covers. I was lucky enough to be at the photo shoot for the album art work and I can say the only thing better than the photos is the music. If you love sultry and sexy jazz vocals you will love this album. Support a local music and download your copy direct from Itunes.