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It’s hard isn’t it? You start out with the best intentions, doing your best to shift those extra pounds. Then something goes wrong, you reach a plateau or tough time, and it all goes wrong. So what do you do when times get tough? Here are a few tips for sticking to a diet in tough times.
Sticking To A Diet In Tough Times
I must admit, there are times when sticking to a diet is really tough, and I would not blame you at all for having a break. Recently, I had a total break from my own diet plan when I went on holiday for a few days. I was actually very pleased when I returned from my few days away, got back on the diet straight away and actually lost a pound!
But then the last couple of weeks have knocked my diet sideways.
Four things have all contributed to my rising stress levels…
- I am having a new kitchen fitted, and so I have not had a working kitchen for about 10 days. Plus my utensils, washing up bowl, and most other things are strewn throughout my house. I have no idea where everything is. My house is a mess. And my fridge is in my lounge!
- I have not been able to get to my sewing machine/fabric/patterns for all that time either, as all the new kitchen cabinetry and appliances have been stacked in front of them. As sewing is my main go-to destress technique that does not bode well.
- My back has been hurting, and then my leg and hip started too. I’ve had a leg x-ray, physiology appointment and am having blood tests. The physiological says he thinks I have an inflamed disc in my lumbar region. All very worrying. And pain + worry = stress.
- Finally, we were waiting for a new back door to be fitted. The company kept letting us down. I really would have rather it had been done before the kitchen (plus plastering) was started in there. But instead they decided to turn up after the plasterer had finished around the door, and left a gap around the doorframe. I wasn’t happy!
So yes. All in all my stress levels have been massive. There have been many tears. And arguments.
Stress Makes Me Eat
I’ve always known this. Hey, I put on 4 and a half stones the year after I lost my father to cancer whilst also studying for my finals.
So, How Do You Stick To A Diet When It All Gets Too Much?
1. Remind yourself of your goals as much as you can.
Get out something in your wardrobe that you want to get into soon. Stick it up in a prominent place. Somewhere you will see it every day. Remind yourself why you are making this sacrifice.
Or put up a photo of the slimmer you that you want to become. Keep remembering what you will feel like when you are that slim.
Get a motivational banner or board.
2. Get Away From The Stress.
Upset with things going on at work? Take a break if you can. Upset in your relationship? Ask if there is anything worth salvaging. Book time away from the situation if you possibly can.
3. Do not Buy Junk Food
Resist the urge to have anything in the house that is not on the diet. And carry healthy snacks or diet approved food with you when you are out and about to stop you being tempted away from your plan.
Likewise, have a game plan for if you are going out. Try and suss out the menu before you go for healthier or better options.
Going on a night out with alcohol? Consider lower calorie options, such as slimline mixers with clear spirits, instead of wine and beer options.
4. Don’t Stick To The Diet At All – But Limit The Damage
Just saying, but sometimes you just have to accept that there is no way to limit the amount of stress you have going on. It’s great if you can walk away from the causes of your stress. I would certainly do so if I could. But sometimes you just have to ride the storm out, and then pick up the pieces afterwards.
The trick is not to let it derail you too much. Have the week. Blow out. But just for as long as the stress is happening. I am back on plan after a night out with my friends to de-stress, which really helped.
Don’t then think that you have completely blown it. Think about how far you have come. Draw a line under it. And get back on your diet plan. Do not just let it slide now you have come this far.
5. Remember – it is a marathon and not a sprint!
We all have tough times from time to time. Never give up trying, and you will get there. It may take you longer, but sometime the longer it takes to lose, the more you get used to the lifestyle changes needed to maintain your new body.
Also remember, if you have stayed the same weight even when you are trying, it doesn’t mean that you haven’t truly lost weight. Your plateau may be down to water retention, and you could be due a ‘whoosh effect’.
Good luck with your weight loss goals. And keep on going!
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