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The bottom line is you implement different strategies to make closet eating less convenient, such as making a commitment to yourself only to eat with others, but the truth is as soon as you are alone and craving you will be right back speaking into the box at McDonalds unless your change your thinking!
So maybe you don’t salivate over and crave eggplant…or shrimp…the way I do. But development of my own healthy recipe was a really effective way for me to incorporate one of my most unfavorite things…salad….into my diet on a regular basis. Of course, you can short cut this process by finding simple recipes online that feature your healthy favorites. If you are a fellow lover of eggplant and shrimp, I hope you will give my recipe a try. Either way, I am going to recommend you develop your own “Go-To-Can’t-Refuse” recipe, which will feature YOUR personal healthy favorites. If you think you don’t have any healthy favorites, think a little harder because we all do! If you had a personal chef at your disposal who would prepare for you any healthy dish you desired, what would it feature?
Put quart or so of water on stove to heat. Add two tablespoons of old bay spice, salt and pepper, garlic salt, and garlic butter into water while waiting to boil. Rinse shrimp but leave shells on.
Have you ever heard that the thoughts you think directly impact the results you get in life? There are dozens of quotes circulating that point to that truth. I love reading them because not only do they highlight and confirm a universal truth, but they also show how long historically thoughts about thought have been thought! Here are a few of my favorites:
This is a tough one from a coaching perspective. Since coaching is all about helping clients achieve goals and design a happy and fulfilling life for themselves, how could you coach them to stop celebrating life??
The solution lies in balance, especially during the process of losing weight and becoming healthy and fit. There must be an undoing of what was done to get you overweight, or worse, obese. If your goal is weight loss, you must be 100% committed, and you must make some tough decisions about how to spend your time, including either saying no to certain events because you have made a decision to limit your eating and drinking during weight loss, or alternatively, a change in the way you experience or partake in the celebrations.
If you find it important to never miss a life celebration with friends or family, then you must make a choice about how you will show up and what you will do while celebrating. With advance planning, you can attend but not indulge in the food offerings.
Weight loss involves sacrifice and discomfort for the period of undoing what has been done to your body, but the healthy body you have at the end of the process makes the sacrifice and discomfort well worth it.
So make a choice about how you will conduct yourself during your period of losing weight. How many celebrations will you attend during the course of a week? Will you enjoy the food and drink offered, or will you just show up and be there to be part of the celebration without indulging in food and drink? And then pay attention to the result you are getting. If you find that too much celebrating is interfering with your weight loss plan, then decide to show up different for those life celebrations or take a brief reprieve from those celebrations during your period of weight loss.