Saturday, August 10, 2013

Diet: Adjust your Mindset

I've gone on a 8 week diet - which will gradually become a lifestyle - with one of my best friends so we could motivate each other. We're following a very strict regime which I won't share yet because I want to be sure it works and be able to give helpful tips and recipes!! :)

There has been a few hardships, but with every obstacle, you can either choose to succumb to it or overcome it.

Limited food variation? Get creative. 
The diet we are on has a very limited food palette for the first two weeks, so we end up eating breast meat most of the time... And there is only so many ways you can season or cook it.  I started the first few days with salt & pepper. Then I began adding soya sauce and chilli flakes and forced myself to come up with new recipes. Just because you're limited in ingredients doesn't mean you have to limit your imagination.

Inconsiderate friends (or family)? Stay motivated. 
I have pretty supportive friends. They do not force me to consume anything that I do not want to and even tries to accommodate my diet. However, my friend has been pressured by her friends to join them for a night out and even gotten mad at her because she is trying to improve herself. In my opinion, it is incredibly selfish because her friends are making her feel bad about something which should be positive! If you have a friend who is dieting, please don't bring them down by mocking them, sabotage their regime by tempting them with food or convincing them to eat food which is not part of their diet because if you do, you're an extremely selfish, disrespectful, inconsiderate person and a shitty friend. If you have inconsiderate friends, here's what you have to remember: Those who matter don't mind and those who mind don't matter. So don't feel bad if the people around you are being dicks, because at the end of the day, you are doing this for you and you are important.

Starting to crave for everything and anything? Mind over matter. 
The one thing I ask myself all the time is, "What is more important? The junk food I've wanted for a while, or the body I've always wanted?" And that's not to say I haven't fallen off the bandwagon, I do. But after I do, I make up for it by exercising a little bit harder and reprimand myself with, "Was it worth it?" Sometimes it is, but most of the times, it isn't.

Furthermore, once you've toned down and have achieved your dream body, maintenance will come much easier. Of course this doesn't mean that you can get away with gorging yourself silly day after day (and I'm pretty sure many people who have gone on a strict diet will start to feel sick if they eat too much junk - before I even heard of this diet, I cut down my carb intake and when I ate too much rice, it made me feel bloated and uncomfortable) but it would mean that you can afford to eat whatever you want occasionally. Think of it as working. Once you've earned a substantial amount of money (attained your goals), you will be able to spend more (eat) without being afraid of going broke (putting on weight) but if you splurge all your money (eat like a pig)... It's a no wonder you don't have any money left (become a fatass).

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Also, some things I'd like to remind everyone:

Be self aware, not self conscious. 
Do not feel ashamed about wanting to get into shape. Everybody had to start somewhere and if you never start, you will never get anywhere but if you never even notice that you have to be somewhere then... I would suggest you look in the mirror and decide if you love the way you are. If you do, good for you. If you don't... Please read the first line of this paragraph.

Do not judge. 
I hate it when people think that they are superior just because they've made (or think they've made) some right decisions in their life or because they think they look better than others. Just because you've worked hard doesn't mean you should show off. Also, everyone's goals are different. Some people - like myself - may prefer a slimmer, less muscular body while others may prefer an athletic build. I absolutely hate it when people try to impose their own ideals onto others - "you are too big" "you are too skinny" "your arms are not muscular enough" "your abs are too ripped" bladeeblablar! There is no right or wrong because perfection is subjective.

Do not try to fit into a size 0, fit your size well. 
A lot of people have this misconception that they must be a certain size - without taking into consideration that everyone's bone structure and body shape is different. I would much rather fit a size 8 with no back fat or muffin top than a size 0 with flabby arms and cellulite! Some people just aren't meant to be a certain size or weight and not everyone will be able to get prominent collarbones, shoulder blades, hipbones or thigh gaps so check yourself before you wreck yourself.

1 comment:

  1. Lovely detailed tips I always have a problem with motivation because I get lazy very quickly with routines haha. Keep up the informative posts ^^

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