“The evening is my hard time.” This is what I hear from so many of my weight loss clients. No one is overeating at breakfast or lunch. It’s the evening. The time of day when we are sitting around in our elastic waist band pants, relaxing and convincing ourselves that we deserve a break. If we know this is our time of weakness, why do we keep doing it? Maybe it’s time to rethink the way we spend our evenings; not just what we are doing, but what we are wearing and what we are thinking.
To be successful we need to feel good about ourselves, what we are doing and the way we live. We need to eliminate the thought of eating “just because” with other healthy behaviors. Here’s how to change your evenings from sluggish to sensational:
- Have a plan and stick to it: Don’t wait until 7 pm to figure out what you will do. Behavior change takes time. Make a list of things that you could do in the evenings ahead of time. Include the family if you can.
- Bring that exercise equipment out of storage: Have you ever exercised “just because?” Maybe it’s time to move one of those family room chairs to the garage and replace it with the treadmill or stationary bike. That way when your favorite evening show is on you can walk, run or cycle rather than sit. You’ll also be less likely to demolish your efforts with mindless eating.
- Change your gear: what we wear can impact how we feel, and how we feel can impact how well we take care of ourselves. If sweats and a t-shirt are your usual evening attire it may be time to change it up. Wear something that you feel fabulous in. Maybe that’s a new workout outfit to remind yourself to be active or sexy sleepwear. Whatever you choose should scream “I’m beautiful and worth it” and help keep you out of the kitchen.
- Positive self talk: Have you ever heard the saying “If you think you can’t you won’t; if you think you can you will.” This is one of my favorites! Tell yourself every evening that you can do it and you will. Stay positive and remind yourself that you are in charge of your own body and health.