That said, I know I’m not committed. I’m trying to figure out how to become committed and motivated. Everyone keeps telling me I just have to “want” it… but I do want it! But how do you force yourself to get to the gym on only 5 hours of sleep? I hate cooking… how do I convince myself I should cook healthy for an hour rather than relaxing after a 10 hour work day?
You have to want it more than you want to actually enjoy your food, more than you want that extra sleep or relaxation time.
Well, I’ll give you some good news first. If you don’t enjoy working out, don’t bother. While exercise has lots of mental and physical benefits, it’s not necessary for weight loss. It really is what you eat that will affect your body.
Listen, no one knows more than me how hard it is to transition from a carb heavy lifestyle. I would love to just cut everything out like a poster above suggested, lose the weight, and find I didn’t crave it anymore. Sadly, I’ve never gone even a whole day without caving and having something- whether it was bread or cereal or chips or candy. But I have cut way back.
The meals you listed a few posts back- cereal and banana for breakfast, soup for lunch, pretzels for snack, and hamburger and fries for dinner sounded EXACTLY like my every day meals for 10+ years. I never gained weight, but I couldn’t lose my potbelly or thick thighs or backfat. And I never knew why- I thought I was eating so healthily. I mean, cereal (provided it’s not like, Lucky Charms) is healthy right? Bananas are healthy. Pretzels are way lower in calories than chips. And as for the burger and fries- well a burger is protein, right, and if I only ate half the fries that came with the burger than it didn’t count.
So now I do things a little differently. I eat eggs for breakfast on the weekends only (I have to leave the house at 6 am M-F, I don’t have time to be rattling around the kitchen cooking) so most weekdays I do have cereal. I just pick the healthiest kind I can find and try to keep it to one cup (about 140 calories, 26 g of carbs, 13 g of protein). Some days I have a protein shake for breakfast but A. that can get costly, and I know you are worried about that, and b. sometimes it just doesn’t do it for me- I need something solid.
For snacks I pretty much stick to fruits, veggies, and nuts (almonds and pistachios). Sometimes I have turkey slices for a snack too. If I am desperately craving carbs/sugar I’ll have a fiber bar, but I try to do only do that on days when I have not had cereal for breakfast. If I am at home I can also have shrimp for a snack.
For lunches I usually have either a boneless, skinless chicken breast, or tuna mixed with miracle whip and fruit and veggies. Do I like chicken breasts? No. Do I like tuna? not really. Is it hard to eat it when my coworkers walk by with Jimmy Johns or McDonalds bags? You bet your ass. I have been adding buffalo sauce to the chicken lately and that makes a big difference. With the tuna I just eat it as quickly as possible. That was a big hurdle for me- accepting that my lunches were going to be boring and functional, and that was just a necessary evil.
Dinners are a struggle as my husband and I don’t much agree on anything and it’s hard enough coming up with things we both like. We have been grilling a lot lately, so I’ll just eat chicken, turkey, or a hotdog or brat (no bun, just eat it with a fork and ketchup), and that helps. Or if we go out, I usually order a salad with chicken or shrimp and steal a few of my husband’s fries (lucky for me, it’s eat or be eaten with my husband so I don’t really have a chance to take many before he finishes).
For now, could you compromise a bit? Choke down a chicken breast and then follow it up with one slice of pizza? or half the amount of spaghetti or macaroni you’d normally eat? Even just cutting your normal portions of carbs in half and adding lean protein and veggies in its place can make a difference.
Also, given your money concerns, canned tuna sucks but it’s cheap, low calorie, and full of protein- could that work? Produce can get expensive but just buy what’s on sale. I love strawberries, but I won’t buy them if they are more than $3 per pound. Usually super Target or super Walmart has them for less than $2 though.