Just because you’re traveling, socializing or out with friends doesn’t mean you can’t stick to your priorities: your health goals and your way of eating.
Assuming your health & weight loss goals ARE a high priority to you. 😉
It took me a long time to realize that, to change my mindset, and to actually start enjoying LIFE instead of always focusing on the FOOD.
It started with becoming mindful of my choices (and being deliberate about them), and also being realistic about “treating myself” -vs how BAD I was treating myself.
I finally realized that choosing to indulge meant choosing to feel bloated, guilty, and down on myself. It meant choosing to be back in chronic pain, and miserable with inflammation and swollen ankles.
Now… going out is an opportunity to have FUN. While I still enjoy beautiful foods (low carb, of course) the food is no longer the focus – it’s simply the fuel.
Although the food is still delicious! 😉
I had amazingly delicious meals while traveling last week AND tons of fun!
Including a HUGE ribeye steak I shared with my friend Alice in the bustling San Diego Gaslamp Quarter ~ where we also shared a grilled artichoke, sautéed spinach and grilled asparagus.
My lunch the next day was a beautiful salad of butter lettuce, seared scallops & prawns. Saturday in San Diego I ate a delicious low carb meal of “real foods” at IHOP, then an easy low carb dinner in the Phoenix airport.
Sunday was low carb take-out (bacon & eggs) from the Cracker Barrel by my hotel, a fabulous low carb restaurant lunch with my siblings, then low carb dinner at Ruby Tuesday in Clarksville that night with my son.
Not ONCE did I feel the least bit deprived. 😉
Life is busy and full and go-go-go. There are tons of options and choices every single day. But… if you have to eat anyway, why not eat healthy?
It’s as simple as choosing what you want to put in your body – and ALWAYS knowing (and honoring) your priorities.
It’s not JUST good for the body, it’s good for the heart the mind and the soul, knowing you’re on your right path. You’re always happiest when your choices align with your goals & priorities – right? So keep it simple and: choose HAPPY!
I want to be healthy, happy, lean, more self confident, have a better self image, feel good about my choices (instead of feeling guilty, disgusted or defeated)…
I want to SMILE more, second guess myself LESS, and make every day the best day it can be. I want to keep improving, keep moving, and ENJOY life, while I still have the opportunity – and have a “today” to live.
Today is a good place to be.
It’s only 24 hours.
Today I can be mindful of my goals, today I can make all the best choices for myself, today is easy. Then I’ll wake up tomorrow and do “today” all over again.
Because I am worth it!
And so are you. 🙂
I like the way I look now, and I like the way I feel.
Mostly I really LOVE being in total control of that. There’s a HUGE sense of accomplishment that feels amazing: I did that!! And with that came an inner strength and improved self confidence that flows through every other part of my life.
While my body is not perfect, and reaching my goal weight hasn’t meant it’s the end of my journey or that I’m done improving (because I have a lot of toning to do still!) it feels GOOD to be able to say: I like the way I look.
There has never, not once, been a donut that made me feel as GREAT as that cute little dress. 😉
It seems like such a simple thing that should come so easy: “I like myself.” It wasn’t easy for me to get to that point though. There’s so much more to the transformation than can be captured in a photo, or even seen by the human eye.
Again: You are worth it!
Never stop working toward what you want, or how you want to feel. Never give up, no matter how many times you trip up. Get serious with yourself, and get committed to discovering what it FEELS LIKE to reach your goals.
I’ll tell you a secret… 🙂
When you do reach your goal, you’ll have more confidence and more strength to set and reach new (bigger!) goals. And it will be easier, for what you gained – through what you lost.;)
This low carb journey started out as just about weight loss for me, but it has resulted in SO much more than just pounds or a number on the scale.
I like the new me.
My next goal: to LOVE how I look and feel.
And to be able to look in the mirror and say “I like the way I look” … without Spanx on. 🙂 haha!
Every single choice you’ve made in your life has brought you where you are today. And every single choice you make from today forward, will take you exactly where you want to go.
The choices stack up!
Earlier on in my journey, with many more pounds on and much farther away from my goal (or from even liking myself), I had plenty of days where I figured a binge here and there or “taking the day off” wasn’t going to make that big of a difference anyway.
That’s exactly why it took me so long to get where I am now.
It is EVERY choice, EVERY day, that matters.
Every single minute one after the other stacks up to your “Today” – and why it is what it is, or is NOT. Keep that in mind as you make your way through your busy life, your social outings, the mundane work week, your usual routine, etc.
Every choice you make (or do not make) is shaping your next “Today.”
Here’s to making better choices, making deliberate choices, always keeping our goals in mind, and to continuing this journey together – on the path to becoming the happiest, healthiest version of ourselves. 🙂 *cheers*
p.s. This journey is not easy. Changing your entire lifestyle is a major undertaking. But it’s SO worth it! Practice loving yourself (or at least liking yourself) as you are, today – every day. I’m still practicing that myself… 😉
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