Six Fun Rules For Fun People!
Here are six rules Dr. Laurie and I have discussed to help keep me on track with my new lifestyle.
1. Eating isn't the best approach.
Eating can be fun, comforting, and filling for a short period of time. But we both know that this doesn't fill the emotional hole that actually needs patching up. Cliche, but true.
2. Being Frugal Can Be Joyful
So there is this study where kids were given a reward. Both kids are told that if they wait twenty minutes then they will receive twice the reward. One kid said, "who cares." and took the reward. The other kid waited twenty minutes and received double the reward. The study shows that later in life the kid who waited twenty minutes lived a happier life than the kid that didn't.
In conclusion, if you think about this before you eat that carbohydrate, you will be happier later in life because you will eventually get what you really want; a healthy body and an even healthier mindset.
3. More isn't always better.
Even if you cut out all the bad carbohydrates from your diet (which is an amazing feat by the way) you can't continue to lose weight by stuffing yourself to the brim with low to no carb things. Eating all the chicken and dijon mustard you want at first will be fine, but after you wrap your head around the thought of protein and fat it is time to cut down on portion sizes.
4. Splurge for the fun of it.
The meaning of this rule is basically... if you go on a trip or a fancy restaurant, or have the opportunity to try something that you have been dying to try since the beginning of time, then go for it. Savour it. EXPERIENCE it.
But if it's been a week since you have done this and then you remember you love pizza pizza's pineapple calzone and think to yourself "well rule number 4 says I can splurge for the fun of it." NO! I WILL NOT LET YOU ABUSE THIS RULE! I yell at you in all capitals because I love you.
Indulging once in a while is okay if the majority of the time you are back on track. This rule will not work if you abuse it.
5. Indulge someone else.
If you love baking or making new things then do it for someone else. Bake a cake and bring it for coffee time at your local church. OR if you are a hard core cook then you can make your own bake sale for a charity.
Whatever you like to make but you know doesn't fit into your lifestyle then get creative and make it for someone else (like the person you have trouble with at work, you can repair the relationship and give them your carbs at the same time).
6. Your metabolic rate can't save you.
If you think "screw this, I will just count calories so I can fit in the carbs that I want." then again you are fooling yourself. Sure you can count calories to keep your portion sizes under control but thinking that 1200 calories of bread and 1200 calories of veg and meat are the same, then you are in for a rude awakening. Or, more adequately, a rude blindfold glued over your eyes.
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