Fun fact— Your weight can fluctuate up to 5 lbs in a day. Instead of making the scale your main way of measuring progress, you can measure your progress by the way your clothes fit, tape measurements, photos, or progressions in your workouts. Ask yourself “WHY am I trying to take control of my health?” Use that as your focus when you feel like the results aren’t happening as quickly as you expected.
Be patient—it will take time, consistency + lots of hard work! I challenge you to find intrinsic sources of motivation (aka: your purpose or “why”) and other tangible ways to track progress instead of the scale. You will be much more likely to create long-term healthy habits this way, I promise!
Instead of focusing on what you “can’t” have vs. “can” have, I challenge you to focus on looking at how nourishing a food choice is and how effectively it will fuel your body. Remember that food does not hold moral value, and looking at food on a continuum instead of putting it into “good” or “bad” categories will allow you to live a healthy lifestyle without having to re-start your diet every Monday morning + feel crappy about yourself on the weekends (what a relief, right?!).
The “plate method” is a great way to make sure you are consuming balanced nutrition in each meal. You’ll want to aim for 1/2 of your plate to be veggies, 1/4 of your plate to be protein, and 1/4 of your plate to be complex carbs + a source of healthy fat. You want to focus on whole foods instead of cutting out entire food groups.
Exercise should not be a punishment of ANY KIND. I highly encourage you to find workouts that you enjoy + focus on how it improves your mood, energy, strength, etc. You are so much more likely to stay consistent and hit your goals if you are doing something you enjoy!