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4 Tips in Gaining Control of the Bloggers Bulge
Gaining control of the bloggers bulge was kindly contributed by Kathy Barber
If you are just starting out with a blogging, or online business, you will be experiencing a whole new world soon…especially if you are working from home. Perhaps you are a writer, online marketer, or build WordPress websites, it really doesn’t matter. You will be enjoying some of the many perks that go along with working from home.
Being able to set my own hours was a huge draw for me to start my writing career. I knew it would give me the flexibility to spend time with my son, and attend school activities that I might not otherwise be able to do. My parents managed to attend all our events when we were kids. But, it was hard work managing that, as they did not have the flexibility that I do now.
However, with it also came a drawback that I was not anticipating. I really wasn’t expecting weight gain, but it reared its ugly head anyway. It took me a while to figure out why, because I wasn’t eating more. In fact, I wasn’t eating as much, to be honest. Then it dawned on me…MAYBE I wasn’t eating the right things, or possibly not enough to keep my metabolism up.
I also realized that my physical activities seemed to slow down significantly, and practically came to a standstill before I said ‘enough’. And, I realize that I am not the only one this happens to either. So, I am going to share with you 4 tips that helped me get back on track.
1. Lifestyle Change not a Diet
One of the first things I realized is that if I want this to be a permanent ‘fix’, then I need a permanent solution. In other words, a lifestyle change, not a diet. If I didn’t make the changes permanent, then I would eventually find myself right back to trouble.
So, the last thing I wanted to do was find a diet that prohibited me from indulging in some ‘sinful foods occasionally. I didn’t want to be on something so restrictive that I would end up on some binge, ruining all my efforts. No, I wanted something where I wouldn’t feel deprived.
We all hear about the simplicity of just eating right, and I tried it. Eh, is how I can best sum up the results. I then took a look at what I eat the most, because I realized that what I eat the most of is probably the culprit. For me, it was carbs. But simply cutting back didn’t really help.
I then took a look at the Atkins plan. Many people have had great success on it, and so I thought I would give it a try. One reason is because you can slowly add carbs back into your day when you get to the maintenance level. Personally, I have never felt better in my life and didn’t miss the items that I had craved before. It was as if an addiction was broken.
Now, for you it might be completely different. You will have to take a look at your daily intake to get an idea of what it is you ‘crave’. If it turns out to be carbs, then I believe it’s one of the easiest things to conquer, as there are many tasty things you can replace it with, and that is just in the beginning. The Atkins diet plan updates their program all the time with a variety of options.
2. Purge the Temptation
The next step for me to do was to purge my surroundings of the things that tempted me the most. I got rid of the carbs that I didn’t need. If I wasn’t going to use it and could donate it, I did. Why have stuff around that tempts you so badly?
I know I said that I didn’t miss it after a while. But, I would be lying if that was an immediate response. It probably took a good 2-3 weeks before I no longer craved the sugars and carbs that once dragged me down. So, if I had a wonderful loaf of homemade bread sitting there in the beginning, I might not have been able to say ‘no’ to it.
3. Replace the Purged
Of course, if you remove something that is tempting, it will leave a void. So, you might want to replace it with something that is good for you, which may, or may not be food. Here are some ideas:
- Crunchy protein snacks to boost energy, rather than zap it
- Foods that are acceptable on your new plan
- Water, even flavored if it’s not ladled with calories
- A menu for the week
- A walk
By controlling our food intake, it will no longer control us. That is vital to any lifestyle change, and anything less than that will be short term at best.
4. Technology to the Rescue
For those of you who want to go high-tech with your new lifestyle, there are a few phone apps you might be interested in for both food and exercise. I suggest you check them out, but there are few worth the time.
For example, ‘Low Carb Diet Assistant’ and ‘Edibles’ are both great for helping you keep track of nutrition for food intake and what you can find at restaurants as well. ‘Atkins Diet Recipes’ will also provide a variety of recipes for you to try. All are compatible with iPhone, iPod Touch, and, iPad, with prices in a very reasonable range of $1.99-4.99.
Now, for those who want a little help and incentive with exercise, try the ‘iTreadmill’ that can be used on iPhone and iPod Touch, which gives you a pedometer on your device. It tells you the pace, distance, and calories burned on your run or walk.
Hopefully I have provided some advice that can help you stay on track, or at least get back on track with your goals for a higher quality lifestyle. Just find a plan that works with you, not just for you… and make it a routine, not a diet.
As a freelance writer, Kathy Barber writes on many topics such as health, home improvement, and entertaining. She was reading through http://www.atkins-diet-advisor.com/ when she realized that others might benefit from what she had learned, which inspired her latest series. Kathy and her husband are parents to a young son who keeps them active. They enjoy camping, sports, entertaining, and concerts.