Here's the deal though, I can't do strict. When I feel like I "can't" have something, it makes me want it even more. It may be a lack of discipline or the way my brain is wired, but I just couldn't stick with the "rules" of the cleanse. But, I am not chalking it up as a loss because it DID help me get my mind in a better place when it comes to eating and working out.
I had an honest conversation with myself the other day. (Yes, that's right, I had a nice little convo going on in my brain.) I decided then and there that I was going to treat myself better. And since then, I have made much better food decisions.
Here are the things I am going to live by:
- Most things are fine in moderation. I went to P.F. Chang's the other day for a girlfriend's birthday, and I had the orange peel chicken. Was it the healthiest choice on the menu? Probably not, but I ate half with brown rice, and took the rest of it home for lunch the next day.
- Treat your body with respect. The body you have is the only one you'll ever get, so be nice to it. If you feed it crap, you'll probably feel like crap. The nice thing though is that the opposite is true, too! And, banish the negative thoughts. We are our own worst critics and also our own most powerful motivator.
- Get moving! Exercise is an amazing thing because it not only helps you burn calories, it also helps your mental well being too. And, for me, the feeling of being strong will always beat the feeling of seeing the number on the scale go down.
- Water is always a good idea. On a typical day, I drink a cup of coffee or tea in the morning and drink nothing but water the rest of the day. My skin loves me for doing this, and I feel like it helps flush the toxins out of my body.
I'm not perfect, and I am by no means an expert when it comes to health and wellness. But, these are the things that work for me. I discovered these things by listening to my body and being brutally honest with myself. Yes, of course what you eat and how much you exercise makes a difference in weight loss, but so does your mental outlook.
What health/wellness ideas do you live by?
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