BC Week 3 Day 3-4

6 Week Boot Camp Week 3- Day 3 and 4.  I’ve said several times during the 21 Day Daniel Fast, (can be done or redone any time), and this 6 Week Boot Camp, that what your doing is making a Lifestyle Change.  It’s not about a fad diet or quick weight loss program, it’s a journey that you’ve started that will continue on for the rest of your life.
Not On A Diet

The basic difference between a diet mentality and a lifestyle mentality is simply a matter of perspective. Having the right perspective may not make veggies taste better than chocolate, but it can make all the difference in the world when it comes to achieving your goals, avoiding unnecessary suffering along the way, and hanging onto your achievements over the long haul.  Here are a few of the ways a diet differs from a lifestyle:

1.  A diet is all about numbers—the number on the scale and the number of calories you eat and burn and success is defined in terms of how well you stick to your numbers. A lifestyle change is all about YOU. It’s about lining up your eating and physical activity with your goals and desires. Success is defined in terms of how these changes make you feel about yourself.

2.  The diet mentality assumes that reaching a certain weight is the key to finding happiness and solving other problems. The lifestyle approach assumes that being overweight is usually the result of other problems, not the cause. Addressing these problems directly is the best way to solve both the problems themselves and your weight issues. This means focusing on many things, not just the numbers on the scale. Numbers only tell a small part of the story. the scale does not

3. Going on a diet involves an external and temporary change in how you eat.  You start counting and measuring, and you stop eating some foods and substitute others, based on the rules of whatever diet plan you are using. Maybe you throw in some exercise to burn a few extra calories. You assume that it’s the technique that produces the results, not you. The results of a diet are external; if you’re lucky, you may change on the outside—but not on the inside. Once you reach your goal weight, you don’t need the technique anymore, and things gradually go back to “normal.” So does your weight—and then some. And, of course, all the problems you hoped the weight loss would solve are still there.  Making a lifestyle change involves an internal and permanent change in your relationship with food, eating, and physical activity. You recognize that the primary problem isn’t what you eat, or even how much you eat, but how and why you eat. Eating mindlessly and impulsively (without intention or awareness) and/or using food to manage your emotions and distract yourself from unpleasant thoughts—this is what really needs to change. Learning to take good care of yourself Spirit, Soul, and Body—so that you don’t want to use eating to solve problems it really can’t—is a lifelong learning process that is constantly changing as your needs and circumstances change.

RUN far away from any program that promises that you will lose an unrealistic amount of weight in a short amount of time For example: “ten pounds in one week”, states you can lose weight without exercising, or cost you an extreme amount of money to join.  drop-the-fad-dietThese are fad diets and will do you far more harm than good.  Instead look to add calorie-burning activities into your day, cut down on your portion sizes or the amount of food that you eat and add fruits and veggies.  It’s okay to eat treats once in a while but don’t overdo.  Making these healthy changes will help you to lose weight, and then keep the weight off.  You’re the only one who can decide what’s right for you; only you can change your attitude and perspective, but once you do you will be happy with the results!!!  Have Fun, Do More, Try Harder!!! Be Well.



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