We are now one week into the new year. How is it going with your health and wellness goals & resolutions?
Better than me I hope!
Confession: My Latest Low Carb Diet Lasted for Just One Day!
After an unusually long season of indulging that included a 2-week cruise, more parties than usual and the emotional cravings that accompany the death of a beloved pet, I decided it was time to get back on track with an EXTREME reset. Me, the person who has made it her mission to advocate for taking a gradual approach to healthy eating and weight loss.
I know that it's a mistake for to do anything in the short term to lose weight that you're not committed to doing in the long run, especially when you are a moderator personality type like me.
As soon as I tell myself I can't have something I begin obsessing. It's all I can think about!
But it is so tempting to jump on the EXTREME Restrictions bandwagon, especially this time of year. So there I was on New Years Day checking out all the latest No Sugar, Low Carb, Paleo, and Keto Diet and Cookbooks. After an hour or two, I was all pumped up to go LOW CARB for the month of January.
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Day 1 was great. Eggs for breakfast. Chicken, broccoli and avocado for dinner.
The morning of Day 2 I woke up thinking about shredded wheat and fruit.
By lunch, when my stepson showed up suggesting we go to his favorite taco/burrito spot, I caved and had a beef and bean burrito complete with one of the best homemade flour tortillas ever.
The next night, my husband arrived home with a good friend who suggested we go out for sushi.
It's safe to say that my latest experiment with low carb eating has officially ended!
Even though I know myself pretty well, there are times we can get caught up in the momentum of what's happening around us. This was one of those times.
Thankfully it only lasted a few days. Now I'm back on track with what I know really works...
A gentle, gradual approach of getting back to basics of building habits that last.
So, I'm following the advice I advocate in my 28-Day Smart Start and getting back to the basics of healthy living....
- Drinking more water
- Taking a few minutes to breathe and get calm each day
- Walking and doing gentle yoga
- Stocking the fridge with nourishing soups
- Meal planning & prepping
I know that this is the perfect sustainable antidote to periods of excess. It has worked for me over and over again through the years and for hundreds of others who have joined me!
Martha is the founder and main content writer for Simple-Nourished-Living.
A longtime lifetime WW at goal, she is committed to balancing her love of food and desire to stay slim while savoring life and helping others do the same.
She is the author of the Smart Start 28-Day Weight Loss Challenge.
A huge fan of the slow cooker and confessed cookbook addict, when she's not experimenting in the kitchen, you're likely to find Martha on her yoga mat.
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You're funny. I wouldn't last more than a day on a low-carb diet either. It's good that you know yourself and you know what works for your own body/cravings/schedule. Sustainability is key!
Robin, You are so right about sustainability being key! Knowing ourselves is huge to lasting success.