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How to make sure that you follow through with the program?
Motivation is one of the obvious factors but sometimes the realization of what is involved with is hits us and that stops us or slow us down.
So my biggest advice here is
Make some minor tweaks to make this easier for you so it's not too time consuming or energy consuming.
If you find something in the past that you struggled with doing, try to break down why it's so difficult for you and instead of just trying to do it anyway. See if there's something you can change in the scenario that can make it easier for you.
Each one of us is in a unique set of circumstances and what will help you get it done will be different than for someone else.
A recipe calls for shredded carrots
- Buy premade shredded carrots - these will cost more than
- Buying whole carrots and shredding yourself and probably have less nutrition.
However, it would save you potentially significant time and energy and may make a big difference in you making the home made dish or giving up and heading to your fave restaurant.
So you will have to weigh the pros and cons of each option and decide what you need in order to make it happen.
What you need right now may not be what you need later. Maybe right now you need to buy those pre-shredded carrots because you're already making a huge change simply to cooking homemade meals from fast food.
Later, home cooked meals with healthy ingredients will feel like second nature, and you might feel up to saving a little money and getting a few more nutrients into that cute bod by shredding those carrots by hand. Or you might be exhausted and no matter how capable or comfortable with cooking you are, you STILL want to use the pre-shredded carrots. DO IT. Don't sweat doing the small stuff perfectly so that you CAN do the BIG stuff.
I guess my point is, don't sabotage yourself trying to do the ULTIMATE thing from the start if it's going to trip you up.
There is time to dial in the details.
What's important right now?
What's important right now is eating the right AMOUNTS of food for you body in ratios that won't cause fat gain and allow you to stabilize your weight, while still having meals that taste good and that you feel satisfied with your day of food and that won't create cravings to eat a lot more of it.
Awesome tips! I am just finishing up day 11 of P3 and so far so good! As I was watching this, I could identify with everything you were saying! P3 is literally a new way of life for me. Before this I was doing P2 and eating like a spartan and before that, I never cooked for myself….so I’m learning a lot!! I actually starting using my local Walmart grocery pick up service and it’s made all the difference for me! I shop online, order it and pick it up OUTSIDE! No wondering the aisles for this girl! It’s really helped me stay on track. Now, if you could just take the cleanup up stress away from me, I’d call it a win!! Any pointers? #tiredofcleaningupandwashingdishes! PS and yes I treated myself to a red Vitamix! Whoo Hoo!
Cooking in advance and having meals ready to eat is something I’ve never done until now and it’s made all the difference in maintaining my weight loss. I know there are people who like to prepare full meals each day after work, but I simply don’t enjoy cooking (plus by the time I get home, I’m sometimes REALLY hungry.) I make big batches of items and put them together as meals that I can leave in the fridge ready to heat up or that are okay to put in the freezer. Of course, I’m the kind of person who can eat the same thing several times a week and be just fine. For people who need tons of variety, this will be more work but it’s worth it. The slow cooker and pressure cooker have become my friends. 🙂
Love all these words Chris! It’s great to hear that the advanced cooking and planning has been such a key to maintaining so far for you. I agree it helps so much- and I too am a person who doesn’t mind eating the same meal over and over, so the simplified plan works well for that.