We all need to know the difference between physical hunger and emotional hunger. There really is a big difference and if we learn the cues of how to not give in to the emotional hunger we can be healthier and happier. Emotional hunger is when we eat to not have to feel hurt feelings or deal with stress. When your craving sugar or bad carbohydrates you should start to evaluate your feelings and journal them so you don’t eat and numb those feelings. I have many journals and have found when I write my feelings on to paper I release stress and don’t need to turn to food to deal with my stress. Writing is therapeutic for me. If you don’t have a journal Ross or Target sell them for a reasonable price. Ross in my opinion has the best journals. Journal your feelings when you feel yourself craving unhealthy food. You will be surprised how this helps.
Thanks for sending me your results everyone. YOU all did so well. Many mentioned that it was so worth it. I know a few of you gave up and that is OK. Giving up sugar is a very hard thing to do. When your ready do your own challenge.
Drum roll please!!
Total lost 362 pounds
Not many did there inches lost but the Top person is Leslie Miller with a total of 17 inches lost over all.
Top weight loss winner is Nicole Wilson who lost a whopping 22 pounds in 21 days. That is amazing!!
For many it was not just about losing weight and inches. Many stated they had more energy, Slept better, There skin looked better, They had less cravings for bad food, they over all had a better attitude towards life, they were better able to focus and see it through till it was done.
Nicole wrote me and said before she did the sugar challenge she felt sluggish everyday and could not keep up with her kids. She stated her health was in the RED and she really needed to do this to jump start some new changes. After she did the 21 day challenge she said she could not believe the changes that took place. She pointed out that the first 5 days sucked. She felt horrible and had a headache for 3 days straight. She stuck it out and by day 7 the horrible side affects of giving up sugar were slowly going away. She said by day 15 she felt like a new person with more energy then she had in many many years. She was not grumpy and woke up happy to start her day.
I was happy to read all of your e-mails and glad so many of you had amazing changes.
Keep up the great work!
1. Do a variety of activities you enjoy.
Remember, there is no rule that says you have to go to a gym or buy equipment. You can walk around the block or to a at home exercise video.
Having a variety of activities, weight lifting, running, walking, aerobics classes will ensure that you can do something regardless of the weather or time of day.
2. Commit to another person.
“This social aspect of exercise is very important to me,” I am a stay-at-home mom. I may let myself off, but if I’ve agreed to walk with a friend after dinner, I won’t be letting them down.”
3. Make exercise a priority.
“It has to be a non-negotiable. Making exercise non-negotiable. Friends and family members will know the importance of your program and learn that it’s part of your identity, and give up saying things like, “Why don’t you take it easy today?”
4. Exercise first thing in the morning.
Doing this will ensure the workout gets done. Things can come up in the day and if you put it off more than likely it won’t be done. Experts agree that a morning schedule is best. “If you go to a gym, it should be located between your home and work.”Exercise, take a shower, and you’re energized for the day.”
5. Or, exercise on your way home from work.
The next best thing to exercising first thing in the morning is to do it on your way home from work. Or if you are a full time mom maybe your hubby can watch the kids and let you workout.
6. Exercise even when you’re “too tired.
Chances are, you will feel better after exercising I always do. “It energizes us,”! “You breathe deeply, and your body makes better use of the oxygen exchange. You’ll get an exercise-induced euphoria during the activity and for some time after.” I end up having way more energy after i work out and it surprises me to come home and want to clean or do laundry.
7. Log your activity.
Write down the things that are important to you. It could be how much time you exercise each day or how many steps you walked. Just like a food journal it’s good to see your progress.
8. Be aware of all the indicators of progress.
It’s great when your clothes fit better and you are able to lift heavier weights or work out longer without getting exhaust.
9. Walk – Use a pedometer.
“If you enjoy walking and haven’t exercised for awhile, 10 minutes three times a day will give you 30 minutes.”
Use a pedometer, and work up to at least 10,000 steps a day. “Nobody starts out with 10,000 steps,” You need to find out your daily average and the next week strive to walk an extra 300 steps. Increase your steps each week.
10. Reward yourself.
Have you been telling yourself that you don’t deserve a reward for something you should be doing anyway- or that once you can zip your jeans without lying on the bed, that will be reward enough? Well, come on, how inspiring is that?
Experts say that making behavior changes is hard, and rewards motivate. So decide on a goal and a reward, and work toward it. You may buy a DVD you have wanted after sticking with your fitness plan for a month, or buy and new walking shoes when you have achieved 5,000 steps a day. Do whatever it is that works for you. Just make sure you do something to tell yourself job well done.