So luckily for me I find it easy to give things up. Long before I began this journey, I at least understood that some things were not good for me so I said goodbye to them and never looked back.
1. No white foods (rice, bread). I've always loved the taste of wheat products better.
2. No soda, juice.
3. No fast food, fried food.
4. No junk food-chips, candy bars, etc. Struggle with this when I’m busy but always get back on track.
Since beginning this journey, I've set myself up for success. Here are a few things I've done:
1. I train in muay thai 3 times per week. I love it. I think finding something you enjoy doing is crucial. I love boxing more than anything. I just can't stick with a gym regimen and or do those DVDs.
2. Stopped counting calories and started eating small meals/mindful eating (stopped as soon as I started to feel satisfied in my stomach, not my brain).
3. Starting weight pictures. Never did this before but think it will go a long way in helping me reduce my dependence on the scale and appreciate my progress in other areas besides the numbers.
4. Brought a good quality water bottle and now drink a gallon of water a day (5 bottles). This has caused acne (in the two weeks I've been doing this), but I'm hoping the acne clears up soon.
5. Planning my meals and making my lunch the night before so I don't forget.
6. Motivational quotes and pictures around apartment. This is one of the best ideas I've had recently. It's so helpful to see these around my apartment and always be reminded that it's ok to go slow, that it's really about conquering myself, and that nothing feels as good as being fit.
7. Research good/clean eating. Why I'm here!
8. I've started putting reminders for meals and drinking water, as well as my shopping list, into an app called Wunderlust. When I'm working, I can forget to eat or refill my water bottle. This way, I have to go into the app and check it off or the reminder will remain on my phone. I also get email reminders.
9. Went out and used my new Paleo/NSNG-inspired knowledge to shop for groceries. I think I came away with good meal options.