Originally Posted by lawlchic
Thank you so much ladies! You are a huge help. Having support is very important to me.
I really hope that LAWL works for me.
I do the water thing all day...but I also drink diet sodas. I can cut back on those...no problem. I am keeping my diary...but not weighing the food. I have not been exercising...but I already made up my mind that was next.
Anyway...thanks for the tips! You girls are GGRRRREAT!
Definetely gotta cut the diet sodas way down.. Don't ask me to explain it medically, but I think it's largely a mental thing... Our body needs water, not sodas, so if we can get in that mindset, it's easy to do. I used to drink a ton of soda, but now I have a diet coke maybe twice or three times a week, max...
In order for this plan to work, you HAVE TO FOLLOW IT TO THE LETTER.. Any variations in the beginning slow you down..
The reason that is, is because for so long, your body has gotten used to the crappy food you've been feeding it, so instead of processing out the bad stuff, it just add it to the weight.. Once you've gone through the program, your body will have gone through an adjustment that will allow it to get rid of the occassional, and I repeat, occassional junk food you might eat. It's a metabolism thing.
But if you only "mostly" stick to the plan in the beginning, you're not giving your body a chance to adjust. You can't let outside things like the holidays greatly influence your eating habits.. Yes, of course, it's to be expected that most people won't stick to the plan 100% during periods like that, but it's not an excuse to let it all go..
You have to be prepared mentally for the lifestyle change you are embarking on. If you aren't there mentally, you will not succeed, which is why it's so hard to start ANY kind of diet before the holidays..
You CAN do this if you really want to... This is a case where "want" is almost as important as "need"... Without both of those things, it ain't gonna work..
A couple of "on the ground" tips:
1. Little processed meats from the deli - If you must, search out low sodium alternatives like "Boar's Head Brand" roast beef and turkey..
2. No processed cheeses.
3. Cut WAY down on your salt intake.
4. Become a lable junky - Reading food lables at the store is WAY eyeopening.
5. Make sure you're getting enough fiber. Take suppliments or ask your COD for a list of fiber rich food.
6. Spice up the menu.. You can't live on Chicken salads. There are a multitude of ways to make your favorite recipies using healthy ingredients. Plus, there are ton of LAWL friendly recipies right here on this site.
YOU CAN DO IT!!!