No weight loss without loosing bad habits
Starting to exercise is always a great change in our life but very challenging. At least it is for me. As you could read earlier I lost my healthy way of living at some point and now I pay the price. Elbow and back pain is my hardest enemies. But are they?
No, they are the casualties of my fearsome enemies: The bad habits.
I have to tell you I have or had plenty what I developed over the years.
Late night dinner extravaganza
For a long time, I haven`t had a 9-5 job, so I was always trying to fit socializing, learning, love life, eating and exercising into the tiny frame between the end of work and bedtime. I managed it pretty well at the beginning but eating was always a bit of a case. I love cooking and eating. During work I barely had a lovely meal because all mealtimes were rushed so when I got home I loved to hold a plate full of quality food. Quality was not an issue but the Quantity was. Dinner was my biggest meal all day portion and Calorie wise. This habit was with me in the last 20 years. Recently I improved a little and tried to eat less and keep the last meal no later than 20.30. Also, my last meal focuses on protein intake which is key for any weight loss goals. Still, there is room for improvements, but so far I am happy with the progress
Attack of the thoughts aka. The Box of Raffaello war
I never finished a meal without eating any desserts. Could be chocolate, cake anything you name it. As we know it is not a problem if you keep the quality high and the quantity low. As far as I can go back in time I remember I was able to eat large quantities without gaining much weight because I was active. When I stopped being active I haven`t stop eating these evil sent chocolates. Watching movie with few slices of cake, destroying apple pie, throw down a Milka or eating a box of Raffaello were some of my great skills. I guess I have lots of competition out there but I was pretty good in it.
A few days ago before I left work I was offered a slice of cake. It looked awesome but I was strong and said “NO THANKS.”
I was so proud of myself so I left with a smile. Sat in the taxi going home thinking that finally my weight loss is going to the right direction and then my mind switched. All I could think is something sweet. And then the box of Raffaello came to my mind. It was torturing me in my head. The car dropped me close to my home in front of the shop where I know I could buy a box. But I did not. I came home craving Raffaello, and since where I craving something the image of a box of Raffaello comes up. Kinda see it and think about it as an evil trick or something which trying to pull me back. So far I am winning this “war.”
Drink plenty, the simple trick
There is not a single weight loss advice missing to mention the importance of drinking enough fluids. Still, for so many years I ignored this advice. I believe this also contributed to my weight gain significantly. It is a stupid thing really because it is the simplest thing you can do for your health. Drink enough water. Cost nothing but changes everything. Your body feels fresher, your skin quality is better, you can focus better and it is impossible to do any exercise without it. Not drinking enough can hurt you and it can start a chain reaction in your body. DRINK DRINK DRINK people!!!!!
Wasting precious time
So I wrote you that I had little time to do stuff and I have to fit in everything to each day. Well, it turns out I had time I just did not use it well. Let`s just say I had a day when I could relax. What did I do? Half day in bed, eating breakfast at lunchtime, watching football then playing a little football manager and then what left I was socializing. Again this habit was not so visible until my body changed and got overweight. Then I realized I have time I just don`t use it wisely. Changing that does not mean I throw out everything I like to do, I just changed few and lost few. I still have time to watch a movie, or watch a football game on the weekend, managing my business, daily job plus marriage 🙂
The first thing everyone should drop is video games. The time I spent on managing a virtual football team could earn me few extra holidays. Gave me false joy and feeling of success but at the same time It prevented me to experience it in real life. So guys listen to me and throw away the joysticks.
- Switching focus vs giving up
I never feel I gave up anything but at the same time I am guilty of switching focus or loosing motivation. No matter how I look it the result is the same. So both equally bad habits. I had to look into this. I was constantly thinking about this habit of mine and I started to learn more about myself. Then I watched “Becoming Warren Buffet. He is a very inspirational figure and one of the richest men of the World. I liked the documentary, and I could relate to many things in it. Also, I could see why he managed to build up his wealth. One of the key things he said is “FOCUS.” Now I am working on it.
This is where I am now. I don`t want bad habits to ruin my chances so eliminating those bad habits and developing new ones. I realized that I need the same ingredients for every goal of mine. I wondering if you have any habits you wish to change. Please let me know in the comment section.