Sticking to a Diet When You’re a Busy Mom
Last week I told you that I’d joined Weight Watchers (again). So far, I’ve been doing really good. Sticking to correct portion sizes has been really hard… I mean, REALLY hard. Having the Weight Watchers app on my phone has REALLY helped. I can see how many points I’ve spent, and how many I have left. It does get a little depressing to finish lunch and see only 9 points left… but I’ve stuck to it.
Because I psychoanalyze EVERYTHING, I started to think about why I’ve started and stopped diets in the past. I’ve been overweight my entire life… at least that’s what I thought. I look back at high school pictures and would KILL to be that “overweight”. I was a little thicker than some of my friends… but definitely not overweight.
I’ve never wanted to be stick thin… but I do want to be comfortable with myself. For a year and a half when my husband and I started dating, we worked out every day. Seriously, it was 7 days a week – rain or shine. I never got stick thin (I never even got below 160 lbs. and I’m 5’ 5”), but I got really strong. I had a lot of muscle and I felt pretty good about how I looked. So, why can’t I stick to anything now?
Why I’ve failed at diets in the past
I know the EXACT reasons I’ve failed at diets in the past. I’ve done so many different types of diets that it would take forever to type them out, and I’m a working mom… time is precious. We’ve always learned that it’s not lady-like to say four-letter words. Guess how many letters diet contains!
Reason #1 – I don’t see results and I get bored.
Some diet plans have appealed to me more than others and I’ve been able to stick to them longer… but eventually I get tired of sticking to something that’s not working. I’m a working mom… I don’t have the mental energy to plan and grow will-power.
Reason #2 – My schedule changes and my groove gets all convoluted (see I remember my SAT words).
While I can adapt to change, I prefer to have a set schedule. Once and awhile I can deviate… but for the most part, I like my schedules. When something changes, I get thrown off and my eating habits usually get messed up. Again… no mental energy.
Reason #3 – I can either stick to my diet plan… or my exercise plan.
Somehow, I’ve never been able to do both at the same time. When I was working out hardcore, I was eating fast food all the time. When I’m strict with my diet plan, I can’t find time to work out.
This go-round, I’m trying to put a little thought into what motivates me to stick to getting healthy. The last few days I’ve had a few light-bulb moments. I’ve found three things that REALLY motivate me.
Motivation #1 – Research, Research, Research…
I was reading a Weight Watchers magazine that I’d received as a freebie when I the spark started this time. The more I read, the more excited I got. Then it dawned on me… the more I read about something, the more I want to do it. If you’re interested in a diet plan or exercise plan… read about it. The more you read, the more excited you’ll get. Sometimes it’s a little hard, however, free time to read isn’t abundant in a busy mom’s life.
Motivation #2 – What do you like to eat?
I’ve started so many different types of diets… but as I’ve tried to focus on planning my meals the last week, I’ve paid more attention to what I like and don’t like. I LOVE fruits and vegetables. I do NOT care that much for grains and meat. I’ll eat them… but I’d much rather have fruits, veggies, beans, and healthy fats like olive oil, coconut oil, and avocados.
If I focus on what I really like, the diet won’t be a diet… it will be a healthy lifestyle. Just make sure that they are actually healthy foods. You might be able to stick to an All-Cookie diet… but you’re probably going to get pretty sick, and feel like crap.
Motivation #3 – Work WITH your schedule!
Some days I’m so busy at work that it will take me three or more hours to eat lunch. I eat bites here and there… but never really get a whole block to eat the entire meat. I used to stress about that. We learn that we should set aside time to relax and really enjoy our food.
My schedule doesn’t always work like that and I would stress myself out. I would stress myself out SO much that I’d want to comfort myself… with MORE food! Since I started Weight Watchers this time, I refuse to compound the already HUGE amount of stress I already have.
If I don’t finish all of my shake within 15 minutes, I accept that and move on. By reducing my stress about eating, it’s actually starting to be MORE enjoyable and I’m naturally relaxing. I’m not craving junk food as much. Less stress, less junk… WIN-WIN!!
Even better, when I only drink a small part of my shake, I’ll fill it back up with water. Same thing with the next go around. Eventually, I’ll get four extra cups of water down. SUPER SCORE!!
So, if you take anything away from this article…it’s to make your own rules. Always do your best… but NEVER beat yourself up for slip-ups. Just pick yourself and move on.