Posted on 16 Apr 2017 Views 1578 Comments 22

Are you holding yourself back?

Like anything in life a good attitude really helps determine the outcome and it is easy to underplay how important a good attitude is to truly succeed. Ask yourself does any of the following remind you of excuses you may have used in the past?

“Being on a diet means I cannot have anything I want!” - Wouldn’t it be great to be healthier and slimmer so that you can enjoy all that life throws at you? Instead of focusing on the “cannot” remind yourself that you have “chosen” not to have that bag of crisps or bar of chocolate, thereby giving yourself full control over the situation.

“Being on a diet means it stops me from socialising!” – Being able to socialise just takes a little pre-planning. If you are eating out, check the menu as you can have a Lifestyle day and have a low carb meal (just avoid the carb laden foods like potatoes, fruit and heavy sauces). Order a nice piece of steak or fish with some veggies or a salad. Make yourself the designated driver if your friends are drinking alcohol, then you won`t be made to feel awkward when they offer you an alcoholic drink.

“I hate veggies!” – Try roasting them! Carrots, cauliflower, broccoli and brussel sprouts taste delicious roasted, as the dry heat of the oven caramelises the natural sugars and brings out an amazing flavour. If you prefer a more savoury flavour to your veg then add half a stock cube to the water when cooking, as this will add another layer of flavour to all our vegetables.

“I`m going to fail!” – You may find that on your journey you may have a blip or two along the way, this is perfectly normal as you are trying to break old habits. The best way to deal with this is to accept it, forgive yourself, draw a line and carry on with the plan. Do not write off the whole day due to a small mistake and use it as an excuse to eat off plan! One blip is not a failure, as a child you didn’t just get up and walk you stumbled and fell over a few times before you could truly master walking perfectly.

With a positive mental attitude the world as they say, is your oyster!

Joanne JonesFocus determinedly on all of the great things that losing weight will enable you to do and how empowered you will feel becoming healthier, fitter and slimmer. You may find certain things crop up whilst on plan, but with a little positivity and preparation you will be able to conquer the negativity that is holding you back.

By Joanne Jones, Customer Care Advisor

Comments on Are you holding yourself back?
Elaine Ryder 23/04/2017 15:46
Keep Busy, Stay Strong and don't give up. I always set myself a goal, I find it easier to stock to if I have a goal in mind. Mine at the moment is 3 weeks til my yearly holiday in Benidorm with all the lovely ladies in the family. Can't wait, I'm saving while I'm slimming :)
Emily Ellis 20/04/2017 14:48
Fab blog post Joanne!
When I feel like slipping and binge eating I remember that once I'm at my goal weight I'll be able to enjoy the odd little treat. This is only temporary and so worth staying on track.
I take photo's every few weeks. Weighing and measuring is awesome but seeing a visual is so motivating and reassuring. It gives you so much pride to see your hard work paying off.
I always remember not to reward myself with food. I am not a dog!! Instead I will get my hair done or treat myself to some nice makeup. Have a lovely bubble bath or get a massage.
To avoid blunders I plan ahead. Each weekend I prepare my veg for the next few days and weigh out my healthy proteins. Cold roast chicken, wafer thin ham, hard boiled eggs and babybel lights. This stops me from picking when I open the fridge. I never put any of this in my mouth unless it fits into my planner on the sns website.
I make up a pint of sugar free jelly every two days and if my planner allows I can have half of that each day.
If I'm having a particularly hungry day I'll cook up half a packet of slim rice in half a stock cube.
When I did SnS in 2013 I lived like a hermit. I didn't go out because I was so scared I'd slip but I know that was a big mistake. It wasn't realistic to just hide away in my home constantly so this time I have lived my life exactly as I was doing but now I phone up restaurants and ask them if they can accommodate my needs. 9 times out of 10 they are very happy to oblige. I have eaten out more times than I can remember but because I've made the right choices I've had amazing losses.
Last but not least if you fall off track DON'T give up on yourself. Making mistakes has taught me such valuable lessons. Each and every time. If I hadn't made these mistakes and got myself back on that horse I wouldn't be almost six stone lighter right now :)
Claire P 19/04/2017 16:03
I think with this article you've hit the nail on the head. I have to be in the right headspace or I'm a total disaster and rarely make it to day 3! The beauty is, that the results you get with the plan support you to keep your head in the right attitude - knowing how much better you look and feel in a very short space of time re-enforces positivity, the lack of hunger from ketosis means you aren't constantly thinking about your next carb loaded meal or junk snack and the support given by everyone promotes that positive attitude . It's not easy but it's most definitely worth it and the only thing that can stop you is you!
Nichola Gunn 19/04/2017 15:37
Today's preparation is tomorrow's success xx
Susanne Robinshaw 19/04/2017 15:16
I love this diet, I have just finished week 2 and lost 12lbs. I love that that the products are so versatile. I puchased a waffle and browniew maker and make the most delicous waffles with an egg white, this has become my daily treat along with a sugar free jelly.
I have also invested in a veggie spiraliser, I stir fry the spirals with honey and soy sauce, I still come in within the calories etc. Very happy an my bank balance is looking healthier too, I don't spend money alcohol and treats.
Jennifer Knight 19/04/2017 09:34
No, I am being very pig-headed about sticking to this diet so that, once and for all, I can stop being pig-bodied!
Lee-Ann McFadden 18/04/2017 21:52
Well yes! Thank goodness for all these really positive truthful reviews! It is a way of life- my old life.. And here's to a new me, a new us!! Life has never been simpler.. My emotional state has improved, I have loads of energy & I have never slept as well in my life! When I have ate over and above my allowance (human naturally- so will not even call it cheating) .. I feel bloated, frumpy & tired! So here's to S&S.. Raise a glass of my mixed fruit water to you all!!
Nicola Griffiths 18/04/2017 19:51
Loving the Oxo in the veg cooking idea, will be trying that out tomorrow. I'm only on week 3 and having the odd moment or three when I waiver, but coming back to this site reminds me of why I'm here. My blood sugar levels were sky high and I'm Type 2. When I approached my GP to ask if I could do this diet, I was sceptical that she would allow me to go ahead, so you can imagine my surprise when she told me she'd lost her weight on a liquid diet! I keep reminding myself of my goals and notice I waiver when I'm tired, so I'm planning in the odd afternoon nap as well as my food!! Thanks for keeping us motivated with these articles, they really help. x
Janice Crombie 18/04/2017 16:41
I've been at goal-ish since last November and since then my weight fluctuates between a few lbs or as much as half stone depending on my social life, BUT once over a few lbs; on the next run of a few day's of no 'outs', I go on a semi plan. I already have a banoffee porridge every morning with fruit added as I'm now maintaining, but if I have to lose those lbs again, I will have either a milk shake lunch with some more fruit, or, a SnS soup with added veg followed by a piece of fruit. My suppers at home are always lifestyle meals with meat, chicken or fish with loads of veg. These are the days when my weight drops down to very acceptable levels. I was invited to a coffee morning this morning with one of my younger granddaughters and we both had two pieces of naughty cake. Tonight I am having slim noodles with a slow roast left over gravy with some roasted peppers and courgette. Hopefully that will take care of the cake this morning. I will always counter balance my maintenance accordingly. So I suppose I will be a lifetime SnS buyer as I just love their breakfast's and lunch's. My biggest blessing from losing 4 stone last summer is that I now, finally, have a lovely 'boyfriend'. We are both in our late 60s. And it seems that love and affection does not die when your a pair of OAPs. We both feel like a pair of silly teenagers again. When I did the diet last year, I make a determined effort not to cheat and I sailed through once in ketosis for 5 months. If I can do it (previously a failed yo yo dieter) then all of you can. Good luck everyone.
Angelique Lau c/o Norlin 18/04/2017 15:27
When I'm feeling depressed about not being able to eat what I desire I just try to remind myself that THAT food is not going anywhere and will still be there later on when I'm healthier and fitter for me to enjoy occasionally!

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