When you’ve been forced to change what you eat and how much you exercise, it can be easy to find yourself with a case of the dieting blues. It’s not that you’re weak. It’s not that you haven’t got any willpower. It isn’t even that you’re doing anything wrong.
There are times when the dieting blues can strike no matter how well you’re doing or how hard you’ve tried. After all, you are being forced to make changes to your lifestyle in a significant way – enough so that it is literally changing your body. That is no small feat.
Fortunately, there are some fantastic ways to beat the dieting blues and get yourself back on track with a smile on your face. Consider the following and put them into place when needed.
1. Positive self talk – If you find yourself having a hard time with your efforts, give yourself a good old pep talk. It may seem silly at first, but when you shake off the frustration and tell yourself that you can do it, it will be easier to believe it. If you can, say it out loud. If you’re not up for that, write it down and read it over. This helps you to reaffirm your goals and lets you show yourself that you know you can do it.
2. Build your support group – It’s all well and good to have friends and family who are supporting your efforts, but when it comes to support, the more the merrier. Head online! You can find some fantastic communities like ShareFit and SparkPeople where you can blog, add posts, or join a weight loss forum/message board like the one here at Intechra Health Weight Loss Forum. These are great places to trade success stories, receive support and even give support to others who are in a tough place, too.
3. Send negative influences packing – It may feel good to complain about your struggles to other people who are also complaining about theirs, but negativity breeds negativity. If there are influences in your life – specific people or circumstances, for instance – who do nothing for you but bring feelings of negativity, then give yourself some space. Spend more time with the people who share positive outlooks and great attitudes and less time with people who gripe and groan. At the same time, stop being a griper and groaner!
4. Reward yourself – When you achieve victories – even small ones – give yourself a pat on the back. Give yourself the time to feel proud of completing your workout or eating a veggie-packed meal. Every time you reach a weekly or monthly goal, give yourself a treat such as heading to a manicure or buying yourself a new top that flatters your ever-improving figure!
5. Give yourself challenges – If you find that your efforts seem hard, repetitive and stale, compete with yourself! Give yourself a challenge and see if you can accomplish it. A five day, ten day or thirty day challenge may be just what you need to push yourself forward and give yourself something to celebrate when you achieve it!