Like I said before, no one likes to be told what to do. We would all like to have the freedom to do what we want when we want. When thinking getting healthy and staying healthy though, discipline actually gives us the freedom we so desire. If we continue to eat destructively or lay around on the couch, then we continue to add to the pain and suffering that obesity gives us. We have trouble doing the things that bring us the most joy. But through discipline we can become healthier and thus become able to conquer situations and challenges we never thought possible.
So how do you do it and make it fun?
Self-monitoring: Phones, tablets, and computers all have aps that can help us record not only our food but our exercise. There are so many out there and everyone has their favorites. If you do not use one of these now, try it. If you use, try a different one. Compare the two and decide which works best for you. You can also make it a game. Give yourself ‘points’ for each day you log your food and exercise. Save up those ‘points’ and cash them in for something special. Maybe you would like to treat yourself to manicure. Set a number of points needed to get one. Working towards a reward definitely helps.
Some that I have heard are good ( I have used some but not all): Lose it!, MyPlate by LiveStrong, My Fitness Pal, Map My Run.
Food preparation: I have found that if I have a plan for the week about my meals I do so much better. I realize that sounds a bit Susie Homemaker like but it cuts down on the last minute scrambles to eat something good. I really like my crock pot. I will cook something like chicken one way in the crock pot. Then use that chicken in a variety of dishes through the week. After about 3 to 4 days, I divide up what is left over and freeze in individual containers for future use. In my freezer there is a variety of meals all ready to go when I forget to plan or there is odd week due to a trip for instance.
Food choices: I have subscribed to several new magazines that feature healthy recipes. I read them each month and try to make at least one each month. Sometime I still need to modify the recipe but that is half the fun. I have also experimented with herbs. They have so many different varieties in the grocery store. I have started to grow several kinds in my garden and find myself picking leaves off and just chewing n them as a snack.
Exercise: Set a goal. If you work towards a goal you are most likely to stick with an exercise plan. I would also say get a workout buddy or join a group. If you surround yourself with like-minded people you are significantly more likely to be successful.