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I have started week four of the Biggest Loser challenge at work, and here is what I have decided… dieting is hard. I think maybe for the first time I understand what people mean when they say you need to make a lifestyle change. The more I tell myself I can’t have something, the more I want it. I am like that in all aspects of my life though. I think it is my attempt at rebellion.

For the most part, I am doing well. I am currently in 2nd place, which means I could be doing better, but I could also be doing worse. I have limited my carbs, I have been working out more regularly, and I have been counting my calories… during the week. My problem is, I get to the weekend, and I just want to enjoy it. Then everything I have worked so hard for all during the week, goes down the drain. It’s just so hard to make the right food choices on the weekends when everyone else is eating whatever they want. Everything looks so good when you are on a diet. This is why the life change is important.

I have realized that if I want this challenge to be successful, I cannot tell myself that I can have NOTHING, but I need to be sure that when I do have the things that aren’t so good for me that I don’t have much. I am a chocoholic, and I know that chocolate can have a ton of calories, but there are wonderful alternatives to my sweet tooth like fat free pudding, or a little bit of dark chocolate, (which is good for you). I am no nutritionist, so don’t take what I say as a diet plan, but these are ideas that have worked for me.

So, what am I going to do next? First of all, I am going to step up on my fruits and veggies game. I think they help me to stay full. I am also going to continue to limit my carbs, but not deprive myself, because I because I become Oscar the Grouch without just a little. I am going to set an exercise schedule. Spinning Monday, Wednesday and Friday mornings, and dance Tuesdays and Thursdays. I will add in some weight training too. Finally, and most importantly, I am going to stop my weekend binges.We all like to have fun, but I just need to remember that fun is okay only in moderation. I don’t have to go overboard just because I can. I have to remind myself that rebellion is not so fun when you are having to work twice as hard to fix your mistakes.

Now it’s your turn. What are some of the ways you stay on the right track? Let us know!