Ever felt so exhausted you just want to eat like 500 doughnuts?
Firstly, if you do end up going off of your target don’t beat yourself up. It happens and you’re human. Try if you can to get a grip at that first moment instead of spiralling into “f*ck it mode” because that initial blip won’t make as much of a dent into your progress as the complete jump off the bandwagon. Maybe tomorrow you’ll feel fresh and able to even up your calorie deficit? It is after all, an average calorie goal which can fluctuate daily and still end up in deficit by the end of the week. (Message me if this makes no sense)
Anyway, here are my coping strategies, some may work for you and some may not.
1️⃣caffeine- just going to put it out there, some people can’t consume it but I can so I do lol. Just remember if you drink it throughout the afternoon it remains in your system and can affect your sleep later on. I don’t drink more than 2-3 strong ones and rarely after 12-1pm.
2️⃣I make meals substantial and filling. It’s so easy to graze throughout the day when tired but I try to fit my calories into 3-4 decent sized meals a day with loads of lean protein, spices for flavour and a tonne of veg to bulk it out for less calories so I stay feeling FULL. That makes me less likely to snack.
3️⃣when I can, I nap. I’ve practiced this so much I’ve got it down to a 10min catnap which makes a big difference. I used to be someone who said “oh I just can’t doze off and when I do I feel like rubbish when I wake up” I was just napping for too long- so I set an alarm. It’s a lifesaver!! It doesn’t hurt you to just lay still for 10mins whether or not you doze off. But by trying it you may find you also nail the art of the nap 🏼
4️⃣I don’t take my purse out! Because it’s highly likely I’ll still want to go to little Tesco for a snickers and a packet of squares that I don’t need because it won’t actually make me less tired, only sleep will ultimately do that.
5️⃣I tell myself “I don’t need it, I’m just tired,[high cal food] won’t help me wake up...only sleep can help that. It doesn’t matter what I eat so I may as well stay on track towards the goal I’m working so hard to achieve”
What are yours? - 26 minutes ago