The New C.T.B.S. Diet

This diet is unlike any other. You can eat what you want and drink what you want but you’ll be a whole lot lighter because this diet is all about Cutting The Bull Sh#% from your life.

B.S. comes in many forms and if you allow it to creep into your life and stay there, it will grow and become very heavy making you feel as overweight as you would be if you ate sweets, fried foods and other unhealthy foods every day of your life.

This type of weight gets stuck on your shoulders, in your gut and in your mind. You are tense all the time, moody and constantly thinking of how you can “fix it.” You feel like you are carrying the world on your shoulders and you want out.

Is this you?

This was me about a year ago and still me some days. But I’ve been on the C.T.B.S diet for almost a year I’ve lost a ton of weight – the weight of unneeded B.S.

With the New Year officially started, let’s cut the B.S. and shed some serious fat. Four steps is all you need to make sure 2017 is better and a lot lighter.

Step one.

Get honest. You know what you need to cut. So make a list. In black and white, type or write down the unhealthy things you want to change. It will be tough to be brutally honest but this step is the most important.  If identifying what’s wrong and what needs to be cut doesn’t work for you then focus on the positive. What type of person do you want to be? How do you ultimately see yourself? What type of life do you want to live? Then identify what you need to do (or get rid of) to get there.

Step two.

Get real. What’s the saying? “Stupidity is doing the same thing and expecting different results.” I’ve pretty much done that for years. Take it from me, it doesn’t work. Try something different. Just try. And then keep trying. Too many of us give up when we don’t see results fast enough. My husband told me just recently, “Stick to it, Shannon. You’ve just got to keep it up. Something positive may come of it. But you’ll never know if you give up again.” Take my husband’s advice.

Step three.

Get active. In another words, stop being a lazy bum. Being all talk or all prayed up with no action will get you nowhere. “God willing,” sounds good but I’m sure even the man upstairs wants you to put forth some effort. Now I know that this step may be the most challenging for folks. You’ve been honest with yourself, you’ve started to do things differently but your get-up-and-go is at an all-time low. Part of my being honest was realizing I need a life coach or an accountability partner. Hiring a life coach will be an investment but I’ve been lucky to have a friend who is a life coach and I’ve seen great results from this relationship. She helps me to make a plan, stick to it and take accountability for my actions or lack thereof.

Step four.

It won’t be easy. Let me say it again. It will not be easy. But if you take it day by day, you’ll see that light at the end of the tunnel and you’ll want to keep going, I promise. Don’t give up. You owe it to yourself not to this time.

While I have you, here are a few things to include in your C.T.B.S. Diet. Cut these fats and you’ll drop ten pounds and keep them off:

  • Stop being unappreciative. When I help someone and no appreciation is shown, it flat out hurts. Don’t hurt people because you fail to show that you care about what they did or who they are. It’s not cool.
  • Open your mind. There is a beautiful world out there outside of the world you live in and are familiar with. Check it out. Being close-minded is like living in darkness. Stop living in darkness.
  • Be kind. No matter where we come from, what color our skin is, what shape we are, our age, our sexual preference, what box we checked when we voted, how much we make, or how different each of us are, we all deserve to be treated with kindness. Stop being unkind.
  • Read labels. If you went to a restaurant and they were serving monosodium glutamate, red number 5, azodicarbonamide and high fructose corn syrup as the specials of the day, would order one of them? I highly doubt it. So then why the heck would you eat foods with this and other crap in it? Cut the crap. Crap isn’t good for you.
  • Debbie Downers and Negative Betty’s. People who seem like they are always unhappy, or upset, or annoyed, all of the time. They rub off on you and you feel dirty just from being in their presence. Get those types out of your life. Or spend as little time with them as possible. Then burn some sage. If you are this person. There’s a reason why. What’s wrong? You too deserve to be happy.
  • Reconnect. I love my two cell phones (and my computer and  my iPod and my iPad) but we’ve gotten so attached to technology that we’ve become disconnected from one another. Try to have more face-to-face conversations that are not interrupted by a text, view life through your eyes instead of through a screen or lens, and do all you can to cherish the moment instead of just liking and sharing them.
  • Just say no. I’ve learned the beauty of “no” and oh is it sexy. If we are too busy or overwhelmed or tired more frequently than one should be, it’s probably because we are afraid to say no. Try saying “no” more often. And so do with confidence. It’s liberating.
  • The beauty of silence. Silence, my favorite sound, oh how I love thee. Turn off your cell phone, turn off your TV, turn off your radio, and turn off the conversations in your head. Enjoy the sound of nothing. Clarity comes when noise is muted. And we all can use a little more clarity.

Good luck on your diet. Happy New Year folks!

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