Falling Into Old Habits

If you wants things in your life, you need to be able to change.

As much as I believe in that I still find it very difficult to change old habits or make a genuine lifestyle change. This year I decided to eat better, and live healthier. Those are very realistic and obtainable goals unlike trying to get washboard abs by the Summer Conclave. So as hard as I move towards doing the right thing like cutting back on red meat, sugar, soda and Sickie Deez and paying my gym membership at Quads for the year, I still find myself with a can of Mountain Dew on my work desk, a couple of McChicken wrappers in the waste basket and my Quads membership card collecting dust. Am I doomed to be somebody’s DUFF at the club, the designated ugly fat friend? Maybe as much as I want to look and feel good, I probably don’t deserve it and my sub-conscious knows this.


As someone in the second week of a diet who gets to the gym at least three times a week, may I suggest you get more specific with your goals.

For me I had to tell myself to cut way down on foods with processed sugar, eliminate my daily 3:00 pm candy bar, eat fruit when I had a craving for sweets, drink water instead of soda, eliminate potato chips, cookies, cakes. Eat a high fiber breakfast, a light lunch like soup or suishi and one helping of dinner that consisted of a balanced meal, with more fish and chicken instead of steak or pork. At the gym, specific cardio work for a set period of time, 60-100 crunches, 30 minutes of stretching, specific work on machines to strengthen upper body and legs.

I find being very specific about what change I want to see allows me to then measure my progress better. Vague objectives get unclear, if any, results.

It’s cool you’re doing the damn thing Philly. It’s definitely a big step to make the dietary changes. I’ve been trying to eat less sugar myself (occasionally I slip) but for the most part, my diet has primarily been oatmeal w/20 oz water and multi-vitamin in the morning, a Subway sandwich (though I should drop some of the fixings…*LOL*) for lunch, and some kind of veggie for dinner.

You’ll need to fight your sub-conscious’s thoughts. We all truly deserve to feel and look good.

Good luck and keep us updated on your progress.

You probably THINK you don’t deserve to look good. Not sure where that is coming from, but unless you beat up on little kids and kick kitty-cats, I’m sure you are deserving of a healthy body. And that’s all it is. Don’t get in the mindset that you’ll get attention and will have men swinging off your nutz. Make it for you, not the rest of the world.

In fact, everyone deserves to be their personal best. A sound body and mind go hand in hand. Stop that stinkin’ thinkin’ and get with your program. Snack on fruits during the day, keep the carbs to a minimum and do that cardio.

On the work front put the blame squarely where it belongs – on the vendors for not offering healthier choices. Secondly, try taking things a bit slower. Give yourself time to adjust to the dietary changes – be patient. Change doesn’t happen over night my friend – no matter how badly we want it to.

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