There was a time when I'd get anxiety about going out to dinner.
I had goals that I was working toward, and I was determined to reach them. I was hitting the gym for a couple hours a day, sometimes twice. I was meticulously tracking what I was eating, down to the gram. I was doing all of the things that I was supposed to do.
That is until someone would ask me to grab lunch or dinner. Then the anxiety would creep in. I'd have an entire conversation with myself.
"I'm a homebody, and I NEVER do anything." "I should totally go.. I NEED to go." "But.. what would I eat?" "I can't reach my goals if I go get whatever the restaurant is serving." "This would set me so far behind.. I've been doing so good."
And that's when I'd break the news to my friend, "No, sorry.. I can't make it!"
Just like that, life passed me by.
I wanted so deeply to go out and enjoy myself. I desired so deeply to create friendships and have connection. I loathed to be accepted and create a life of adventure.
But I'd say no...
I'm so glad you're here!
If you're new to my space it's important that you know that I'm a huge advocate for ending the dieting culture. You know what I mean.. the fad diets, calorie restriction, eliminating entire foods groups, labeling foods "good" or "bad".. I could go on forever.
But I know how hard this can be since it's been ingrained into us our entire lives. We see it in the news, in the media, on billboards, on the radio.. it preys on us daily.
Unfortunately, dieting keeps you stuck, unhappy and decreases your odds of actually achieving your goals.
Here's the 5 steps of the diet cycle:
1. DESIRE TO BE SKINNY
You wake up, look in the mirror and decide you're unhappy. Because of societal beliefs, your first inclination is to go on a diet and lose weight.
You begin some sort of diet, eating style, detox, weight loss regimen, etc that you saw online. You're excited to get started!
3. LOSS OF CONTROL, CRAVINGS, & MOTIVATION
You do well for a while, but your new...