NOTE: You may be reading this from a location other than Evanston, IL. I’d urge you to continue reading if you like dining out. Even though I’m talking about a local restaurant, the tactics outlined here are applicable anywhere you choose to eat yummy food!
I could sit around and tell you that Found Kitchen and Social House's menu is filled with healthy, low-calorie options but that would be the biggest lie ever. It’s not. And that's not why people come here anyway. Found is one of the top restaurants in Evanston and the North Shore and was written up in the New York Times, for crying out loud. You don't get there by staying away from butter. The food is incredibly delicious because of their use of the best, richest, yummiest (and local!!) ingredients. So instead of saying, “You should order this and you can order that but maybe stay away from xyz,” I am going to say: Order anything from the menu. Seriously. Anything. Even if you are currently losing weight. “Izzy, how the F could I do that and still lose weight?!” you scream? So glad you asked.
Here is how you can have a delightful experience at Found without feeling deprived:
I can't recommend Found enough but regardless of where you go, go armed with a handful of tactics you can use so you can thoroughly enjoy yourself and leave happy knowing you stuck to your plan with your ultimate goals in mind.
Don’t get me wrong: No matter how you slice it, weight loss takes some work. It’s not exactly “fun” all the time but it doesn’t have to be miserable either. And that work: YOU get to decide how intense that work is.
We’ve been lead to believe that the more passionately we want something, the more we need to sacrifice. When it comes to weight loss, we’ve also been taught that extreme changes have to happen in order to get to the goal: Take out every piece of carbohydrate there is! Put butter in your coffee and you won't be hungry until dinner! Water with lemon and cayenne is yummy! Um. Yeah. Only if the other ingredient happens to be tequila.
It doesn’t have to be this hard! We can be successful if we shift a few things. Here are 4 ways to make your weight loss life easier:
1. What do you LIKE to eat? Star there. Because if you don’t like what you’re planning on eating, you won’t eat it and, if you’re like me, you’ll rebel and order fried chicken instead.
Here is a basic rundown of how I meal plan:
2. Sometimes, when we want to get after it with weight loss goals, we take on a lot because we are MOTIVATED! But then, that motivation wanes and you find that you’ve pushed yourself into a corner. Don’t put Baby in the corner. Do — GASP — less instead!
When deciding on a new exercise, nutrition or lifestyl habit, ask yourself these questions:
3. Have you ever said, “I hate [insert hated exercise here] with my heart and soul but I know I need to do it"? Here are my questions: Who is telling you you need to do it? Why do you think you need to do it? Do you think there are any other types of exercise you might like? Regarding that last question: I’ll bet you there is! What type of exercise will give you the most results? The one you do the most consistently. Check out the class schedule at a nearby gym (even if you’re not a member; if something strikes your fancy, you could get a day pass and at least try it out); look for specialized studios (Barre, Zumba, rock climbing, kettlebells); check out what your park district has going on. Just because spinning worked for your best friend doesn’t mean it will for you so don’t put pressure on yourself to suffer through it.
4. Have you tried losing weight in a house full of people who can happily eat whatever they want without a care in the world? Or among friends who love dining and drinking all night? I won’t tell you to get a new family or group of friends but I would urge you to seek out a community of people who have similar goals as yours.
Community is one of the necessary elements when it comes to succeeding at something. Why? Because it sure is hard out there alone on Weight Loss Island. Finding a group of like-minded people will not only help you remember why you’re going after your goal in the first place but can also keep you accountable.
There are a LOT of coaching groups out there (CleanSlate28 being one of them). The trick is finding one that’s right for you. While you seek that group out, though, remember to talk with your riends and family so they know exactly what your goals are and why you want or need to reach them and then tell your people specifically what they can do to help you. Communication rocks.
NOW: Go out and build your community on Weight Loss Island and make it a party!
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