Get up and decide to take the next step toward something amazing.
“The godly may trip seven times, but they will get up again. But one disaster is enough to overthrow the wicked.” Proverbs 24:16 This verse is guiding me forward after today. I am praying for strength, and knowing that I have God is the best pick me up I could ask for. Today I am thankful for God, and the amazing people in my life who are encouraging me to push forward, and succeed.
Today started with purpose and determination. I rose with the desire to be committed, to do what it takes, to have what I want. I ate well by following my plan, I killed my workout (14.4 km in 35.4 min), had an amazing nutritious supper, and then it happened…. The desire to snack began to consume me. For the last two weeks snacking has not been a large issue but, tonight I craved bad carbs. I would love to say I stood strong and refused to give in to the craving, I didn’t. I am human, I am not a super person who can say no all day everyday. Is it the end of the world, no. I want to find some tips to prepare myself for when I have this desire again. Research Time!
Kayla Itsines, a well-known fitness trainer has some great tips to look at when you are facing a craving. Looking at this list I can see where I went wrong, I ate my supper tasty stir fry in 10 min. while sitting on the couch watching Netflix. I was not taking the time to focus on my food, and eating at an effective pace. When I take my time eating I get longer satisfaction out of my meals because, my body registers what I am feeding it. I will be mindful of this tomorrow and her other helpful tips! See the rest of the tips from her blog below.
Retrieved from Kayla Itsines Blog, click the link for more great tips!!
How To Stop Late Night Snacking
Plan an activity after dinner: This could be something as simple as taking the dog for a walk, reading a book or calling your friend. It doesn’t have to be hard, but it will help to distract you and stop you eating out of boredom.
Satisfy Your Cravings: If you can’t help but crave chocolate or something sweet after dinner try swapping your cravings for healthier alternatives. Swap milk chocolate for dark chocolate (a small piece will satisfy you) or bake your own healthy treats rather than reaching for store bought ones – I am loving banana nice cream. It isn’t about depriving yourself, rather making smarter choices.
Eat The Right Dinner: If your post dinner ritual involves you feeling hungry and like you could eat a dinosaur, then you are not eating the right types of food. Make sure to include plenty of protein, whole grains and fiber in your dinner to keep you feeling fuller for longer and satisfy your appetite. This will also help to curb your cravings.
Don’t Eat In Your Bedroom: So many of us have gotten into the habit of eating whenever, wherever. To reduce your late night snacking try your hardest to eat all of your meals at the dining table or in the kitchen. This includes your treats as well, doing this will help to stop mindless grazing whilst watching TV and allow you to focus on your food. You may also be less likely to get up and grab naughty snacks if you know you aren’t allowed to eat them in bed or on the couch.
Have A Cuppa: Instead of being quick to reach for the snacks, try sip on some water or herbal tea. This will replenish your H20 levels, and if you choose to have some tea it will aid in settling your stomach and setting you up for a good night’s rest. I like chamomile and peppermint.
Tell Your Friends & Family: If you are serious about quitting the late night snacking, now may be a good time to let your family and friends know. If your housemate loves late night baking and you always have a batch of brownies awaiting your taste buds then have a chat to her and explain what you are trying to achieve. It can be as simple as asking them not to offer you any sweets treats, or not to eat in front of you. Removing the temptations makes SO much difference!
Now that I have found this information I cannot wait to see what tomorrow brings. I feel prepared to take on my day with positivity, and the desire to use today as a learning experience! If you guys need to reconnect with your fitness goals and are feeling unmotivated use my story to motivate you! Don’t wait around saying “One day when I get fit….”, “One day I will do it..” make that day today. Bite the bullet, make a choice, and better your life because, man does it feel good!
Have a spectacular evening! Tomorrow is a new day for great things!