When food is your friend...
Do you eat when you’re not hungry or when you're bored?
Maybe you also reach for junk food when you need a boost with a hit of sugar, caffeine or both. Maybe on top of that you love meals out and love to indulge on vacations and socializing always involves food. In short, you feel like you’re eating too much but food is your friend.
When I was infatuated...
Here’s the thing: I can see a stark contrast between when I am feeling bored with life and craving sugar versus forgetting to eat because I’m too engrossed in writing a new program or preparing for a trip I’m really excited about.
I can also think back to when I was in the first stages of infatuation with my now husband. I certainly wasn’t focused on food because I had something much more delectable to focus on :)! Thanks to the endorphins and my gorgeous husband. Be it Christmas morning as a kid or the plane taking off on your dream vacation, when you're hyped up (not anxious) you don't need to overeat.
What else really excites you?
We love to overeat.
We celebrate overeating!.. Thanksgiving meal, birthday cake, a reward for a shitty day...
whatever the reason: we look forward to overeating.
It’s hard to stop (over) eating when you’re bored right? AND we know if you’re trying to lose weight, doing this too often has got to go!
However, missing out on food can make you feel deprived! Having something else to focus on can stop you feeling like crap as a result! Basically, you need some excitement in life that doesn't involve food!
The first step is creating what I like to call the big EXCITING goal. Something so cool it stops food from being the center of attention!
This goal is just for you. Something that really excites you - something you’ve always wanted to do - something that makes your heart race in anticipation. A DOABLE DREAM. It's the first step to creating a life where you don't need to eat out of boredom.
The big exciting goal how to
Here's the short version.
I’ve created a free worksheet for you to create your perfect goal!
Less food feels like loss
To lose weight once and for all, in a sustainable way, we just need to eat a little less than we burn.
Easier said than done.
If we feel deprived by eating less we'll only balance it out later by overeating! Especially if we're too restrictive.
Our stubborn inner child wants what we want when we want it. Fair enough, but with food we've got to step in to steer her away with something more enticing - like your big exciting goal!
As well as having exciting things to look forward to, I also recommend taking food out of the equation when you have something else to keep you occupied.
Friends for example! You can meet friends for a walk or a movie instead of going out for food or drink.
The same goes for vacations. Having new things to see and do means you can skip overeating. If you choose.
Life is too short for food to be the main event, especially if you have weight loss goals. Creating a big exciting goal is just one step but it’s a great place to start.
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A HAPPY LIFE & WEIGHT LOSS
Clara Depont is a certified personal trainer at www.claradepont.com where she trains women in their 50s and 60s. When she’s not writing blogs on how to stay vibrant, fit and happy she’s traveling in search of a forest or a sexy coastline. You can get to know her best through Weekly Emails, Instagram or Facebook. She is British and lives in New Mexico.
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