1-Boost your self esteem with activity, with your doctor’s permission of course. Exercise is one of the very best anti-depressants. When we feel good about our accomplishments we are more likely to behave in a manner that will reinforce the lifestyle that created our newfound happiness.
2-Develop a supportive social network and avoid negative people with negative input into your life. There are some people who you believe to have your best interest at heart who do not. They will try to influence you to be like them and forget about your new lifestyle. Don’t allow this to happen.
3- Get yourself a new wardrobe and dispose of all clothing in larger sizes. If we don’t have bigger clothes, we’re more likely to try to stay in the newer smaller sizes that we worked so hard to achieve.
4-Continue the eating plan that got you to goal. If your eating plan worked to get you to goal, it will keep you there. Add just enough calories to stop your loss and make sure to incorporate this plan into your lifestyle. Let it become your normal.
5-Minimize clutter to help control stress. A cluttered environment leads to a cluttered mind which leads to anxiety. Anxiety produces a strong desire for comfort foods, alcohol or drugs which causes stress eating and drinking. Stop anxiety in it’s tracks at all possible venues.
6-Guard your overall health and energy. Get a physical with blood labs. There are some physical conditions that can cause depression and lethargy. If left unchecked, they may cause the desire to overeat to become overwhelming.
7-Avoid alcohol. Alcohol contains excess empty calories. It lowers your inhibitions which can lead to uncontrolled binge eating.
8-Avoid sugar. It’s high in empty calories and causes spikes in blood sugar and in insulin which drive cravings for more of the same.
9-Remember that you are choosing to be healthy. It has not been imposed on you. This is something that you chose for yourself. There is no struggle for power or competition.
10- Set an achievable long term goal with many short term goals along the way. This will keep you focused on making progress.
Now, celebrate the difference in the way that you feel with less weight to carry. Enjoy your newfound energy and the physical abilities that come with it and carry on. Remember, it’s a lifestyle that will see you into old age and beyond with strength and energy. Don’t grow old gracefully. Grow old with style. ;-*