A Family Approach To Weight Loss

 

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Following a strict diet is truly unbearable and it can downright stressful if your family is not with you in your journey to losing weight. In fact, this can make you feel hopeless. Research says that less than 50% of women who are trying to lose weight without the support of their family succeed in their weight loss plans, while about 70% with full encouragement and support from family and friends do lose weight successfully.

But when your children spoil your plans and your partner insensitively brings in junk food and delicious pasta from the restaurant, pushing your family to work hand in hand with you can seem impossible. Here are some ways to encourage your family to be part of your weight loss journey.

Discuss Your Goals With Them

Talk to your family and friends and show them how sincere you are in your plans of losing weight and why it is relevant to you. Provide specific reasons that they are able to understand like wanting to be healthy and feel good about yourself and your desire to stay fit and active. You can show them a list of your weight loss plan so that they can be aware of the modifications that you want to make. This could include your plans for what to eat for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, or which meals you plan to modify.

Convincing your partner to join in on your plan is particularly vital. Research done at Heidelberg University revealed that some individuals could feel doubtful of their spouse’s desire for weight loss, thinking that the spouse wants to look good for others or to find someone new. But experts agree that those who conceal their diet plans from their family are only bound to fail in the long run.

Invite The Entire Family To Exercise

You may alone in your plans of losing weight but you can always encourage the entire family to stay fit and healthy by exercising with you. When you come home from work, place that turkey dinner on hold and set your family up for a hike around the neighborhood instead of just watching television and eating junk food. Plan a ball game in the afternoon or a trip to the local museum. In the summertime, go swimming at the beach or pool. Exercise doesn’t have to be the usual mundane activities. It can be fun and exciting for the whole family.

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Walk Your Talk

When you check out the fridge or pantry, what’s in there for you and the family? Flavored drinks, pizza and fries, and burger – or sliced fruits, low-fat milk, and vegetables? When you decide to lose weight, you have to find a way to make healthy food accessible to you. You don’t really need to immediately throw whatever’s in the fridge that’s fatty and sweet (or else your family’s not going to talk to you!). But to make the weight loss visible fast, create a plan that’ll make the bad food difficult for you to gain access to.

Let The Family Know That They Can Help

If you can’t pick up the kids from school on Mondays and Fridays because of your aerobics class, ask your partner if he can do it for you. Let him know that you are sincere in achieving your goals so that the other members of the family will eventually adjust to your routines. You can let them help you by assigning them to be your enforcers who will warn you when you attempt to reach out for food that’s not healthy. Be clear about what you want.

Tweak The Usual Family Recipes

Don’t worry about not being able to cook your family’s favorite meals. You can still do it but with a little twist – you can make them healthier. Use low fat instead of the previously used salted butter and full cream milk. If they’re used to eating your bestselling spaghetti Bolognese on the weekends, don’t tell them that you’re substituting the pork with tuna or veggie meat. As for you, eat what they are eating and don’t deprive yourself of your family’s food, especially since you’ve already tweaked them for your entire family’s sake!

Plan Before You Go Into ‘Sinful’ Situations

You may have made great changes and adjustments at home, but when you’re out with friends for coffee or snacks, you’ll be challenged to the max. If you’re with relatives or close friends, you can try telling them the truth about your weight loss plan. Perhaps they won’t order those crispy fries that you used to eat almost every week. If they care for you, they would understand if you order fruit juice instead of a beer.

 

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Celebrate Your Small And Big Weight Loss Victories

Simple rewards can definitely encourage you to achieve your weight loss goals, and there are no better people to celebrate your small and big victories than your family? If you lose 5 pounds in less than a month, enjoy a nearby nature trip with your partner and children. If you lose 20 in a month, give yourself a bigger reward, like a traveling interstate or spending the day at the spa.

 

 

6 Kelly Clarkson Songs That Saved My Mental Health

Eleven years—that’s how long I had been battling a mental disorder that we all know as depression.

I guess you could call me a late bloomer since I only got the diagnosis when I felt a strong urge to take my life. But before that, I had already experienced some signs of depression, such as fatigue, hopelessness, etc.

Did my family know about it? Nope. No one had a clue about it for a long time. But I didn’t feel entirely alone, given that I had Kelly Clarkson songs to keep me company.

Below are six of her songs that helped me through the darkest parts of my life.

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Dark Side

The first KC song that struck my heart was Dark Side. According to the singer, everyone got deep, dark secrets that could easily make anyone run away. Thus, she wanted to know if her loved ones could look past it or, better yet, accept all her flaws.

In my case, I had one secret: depression. I used to be scared of opening up about my mental health around anyone. However, when I heard the song, I found the courage to tell my parents that I had been battling depression for years. My effort was not lost since they showed a willingness to help me get better, no matter how long it would take.

Mr. Know-It-All

In this hit single, Kelly was telling the story about a person in her life who often acted like a know-it-all. She obviously had a toxic relationship with the man, considering the singer also referred to this individual as Mr. Bring-Me-Down and Mr. Play-Your-Games. One could deduce that aside from acting like he knew everything, he was a player and a meanie.

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The truth was that I had dealt with plenty of know-it-alls throughout my life, and they came in various genders. Their comments affected how I thought of myself back then, but that was before I heard Mr. Know-It-All. After that, I couldn’t care less about others’ opinions of how I should live my life.

Never Again

Never Again came out in 2007 when I was a senior college student. The lyrics sounded so sassy, and I loved it. It was as if Kelly Clarkson went through a bad breakup and was practically over the drama in her love life.

The song Never Again helped me cope when I experienced getting cheated on by my first long-term boyfriend. I already caught him a few times, and when he was begging me for a 47th chance, I finally dared to say no. Then, I went on to do print ad commercials, and I was sure that he could see my face everywhere post-breakup. Ha-ha!

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Invincible

When I got a corporate job, I thought that it would be easier than modeling. However, I didn’t account for the conniving coworkers that I undoubtedly had and tried to make me quit.

In reality, after dealing with work bullying for several weeks, I almost handed in my resignation letter. But that’s when Kelly Clarkson’s song called Invincible dropped and helped me find my inner strength.

The line “’ Cause I can take on so much more than I had ever dreamed” was too powerful to ignore. If I’m honest, I would say that I secretly shed some tears when I listened to it for the first time since I could relate to the lyrics so much.

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I Don’t Think About You

This song was among the hit singles from Kelly’s most recent album. It came out when I started having some depressive episodes after my boss gave the promotion I was working hard for to another employee. I felt betrayed like a lover and didn’t even want to see anyone from the office for days.

Nonetheless, I received an offer for a higher position from a rival company. They wanted to give me better benefits and salary, too. Of course, I accepted the new job, and I stopped moping about the other position that I should’ve gotten.

Sober

My all-time favorite Kelly Clarkson song was Sober. Many people said that the lyrics were perfect for those who were trying to maintain their sobriety and fight substance abuse. But I thought it also fit perfectly well for individuals who battled mental disorders like depression (like me).

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The battle against such problems are never-ending — everyone knows that. My therapist told me just as much, too, when I went to her office for the first time. Despite that, I knew it would be okay once I managed to remove all the toxic people in my life and keep the best ones.

Bottom Line

It’s safe to say that I would be listening to Kelly Clarkson’s songs even after she retires from the industry. Her music served as a balm to my aching soul; it would be crazy of me to forget her even when I no longer felt depressed.