How to Bounce Back After Cheating On Your Diet

It has happened to all of us at some point. We have all been there when our diet is going great, we are eating healthy, losing weight gradually and suddenly we start craving something and eat what we really shouldn’t have.

In my case, I give up too soon and end up having whatever I was craving. The worst part comes afterward when you are done eating your much-loved pleasure food. It is when your brain starts thinking sensibly again and you start feeling super guilty and stressed about the food you shouldn’t have consumed. Most people cannot handle this part and end up thinking of themselves as a failure, which leads them to give up on the healthy lifestyle completely.

I have always been a chubby girl, with hypothyroid and a super-slow metabolism, I never stopped gaining weight. My weight increased with time while I kept trying different diets, exercises and what not. Recently, I have recognized a major problem in my lifestyle and I am trying to change that with more positivity. In the past, whenever I ate something bad while on a diet, I got so depressed thinking of myself as a failure with no willpower who can never do anything right. This type of thinking is so distressing because as soon as I cheated on my diet, I used to convince myself that I am unable to lose weight and went back to eating fast-food and unhealthy stuff. This yo-yo diet pattern resulted in me getting heavier than before.

I know how it feels when you are going great and this thing happens, but you have to forgive yourself and move forward. Here are a few tips to successfully get back on track after cheating on your diet.

The Day After

Most people eat very less or starve themselves the next day to balance the number of calories they had when they cheated on their diet. This approach is so wrong as starving yourself will slow down your metabolism and hinder your weight loss goals. Do not starve yourself as a punishment, you are only a human and it is ok to indulge in your favorite foods sometimes, you just need to know the right way to get back on track. Plan your day after meals and include foods with high protein, fiber, and vegetables.

The Cheat Day

As a foodie, I realized that I can never completely cut off my favorite foods from my life so I had to add a cheat day in my week. It gives me a phycological break from the restrictive food routine but it also motivates me more for the next day when I have to go back to my diet again. Most people assume that they can have anything and everything on a cheat day which is wrong! You have to remain in your senses even on a cheat day. for example, if you are craving pizza for lunch then go get a pizza on your cheat day, enjoy your pizza. However, eat something healthy like a salad or fruit for dinner, do not go overboard with the cheat day.

Double the Water Intake

Water helps to flush the toxins out of our body. After you are done binging on your favorite food and cheating on your diet, you need to get a hold of yourself and drink plenty of water. I suggest doubling the water intake on the next day to help your body flush out the toxins and keep you hydrated and full.

Don’t Be a Quitter

There is nothing you can do now after eating something that you shouldn’t have. The only and the best thing to do now is to forgive yourself and move on. Turn this mistake into a motivation for tomorrow and don’t lose hope. You are trying to change deep-rooted old habits which can not be done in a day. What you did is normal and almost all weight watchers are guilty of cheating once in a while. Take your time, be persistent and never think of quitting your diet.

There is one thing I have noticed about the cravings that they are strong but they are also temporary. If you patiently wait them out, you can get over the craving phase and stop thinking about that unhealthy food you were craving just a while before. I suggest waiting at least half an hour before you give up and eat, and drinking water to suppress that craving. However, it is totally fine if you end up binging on a cake or something you love to eat, always bounce back and take motivation from your mistake. Quitting is the worst thing you can do to your body so don’t give up and maintain a healthy life-style because you know you can do it!

 

 

A Look Inside My Make-up bag

A Look Inside My Make-up bag

I have always been very interested in cosmetic products. Bright lipsticks and blushes attracted me. I was the child that would experiment with their mom’s make-up all the time and get caught red-handed as well as red-faced with eyeshadows and lipsticks all over. In my teens, I loved dolling up myself and my younger cousins by applying brightest eyeshadows and glossy pink lipsticks on them. Over the time, my makeup bag evolved and now it has more subtle colors of eyeshadows and a lot of nudes and browns for lip colors. Here I am sharing my must-have makeup items with you guys. Comment below if you also have the same products in your makeup bag.

Elf Poreless Face Primer

 

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Elf poreless face primer is the best drugstore primer I have ever tried. It is easy on the pocket and gives remarkable results. It makes my skin so smooth and flawless and makes a perfect base to apply any foundation. You can get the small bottle only for $6 which is quite a reasonable amount.

L.A Girl HD Pro Conceal Concealer

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L.A girl Pro Conceal concealer comes in numerous shades that I can use but I mostly prefer shades GC977-warm sand and GC980-Cool Tan. It is a super affordable and full coverage concealer with creamy yet light texture. I have seen many beauty gurus use this drugstore $5 concealer along with their super expensive high-end foundations as it gives the same result as any costly concealer would. It also has a few color correctors which perfectly hide redness and blemishes for smooth and flawless makeup application. Highly recommended.

Maybelline Great Lash

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I have literally tried dozens of mascaras so far. Every mascara that I found decent was really expensive but this one mascara by Maybelline is a life saver. It is ‘Maybelline great lash’ in the color ‘Blackest black’. I swear by this mascara as it gives me thicker and darker lashes throughout the day. Girls, do try this mascara for only $6 and get those dark, dramatic eyelashes you always wanted.

ColorPop X Hello Kitty Ultra Matte Liquid Lipstick ‘Ribbon’

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Everyone loves a good red lipstick. However, women always seem to struggle to find the right shade of red according to their skin tone. I am from Pakistan and I have dusky complexion so finding a good red was a challenge for me but once I found ‘Ribbon’ by ColorPop, my search was over. It is such a pretty colour and looks amazing on darker, duskier complexions. It is a blue-based red and I am positive it looks pretty on darker skin tones and I also believe it will look incredible almost on every skin color. So, if you have a lighter skin tone and you also found it amazing than do let me know in the comments below. Ribbon by ColorPop is super pigmented, stays for 10 hours and retails for only $ 6.

L’Oréal Paris Infallible Pro-Matte Powder

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My makeup bag always has a good powder in it as I have oily skin and I need to set my foundation with a powder for it to stay. L’Oréal Paris infallible powder in ‘Sunbeige’ is my favorite powder because it absorbs excess oil and gives me a shine-free skin for up to 10 hours. I use it to set my foundation and for touch-ups during the day. It is around $12 and totally worth the cost. 

Estée Lauder Pure Color Envy Lipstick in ‘Intense Nude’

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This lipstick is very expensive for me but it is also my favorite winter lipstick. I love nude lipsticks and I use the shade ‘Intense Nude’ I love how it gives perfect coverage in just one swipe. I wish it was not that expensive but still, I buy this luxury and absolutely love it. It is a super creamy, hydrating, and sculpting formula that gives extra shine and softens your lips. Even on the days when my lips are badly chapped, I use this lipstick to make my lips feel super hydrated and keep them moisturized throughout the day.

There are so many other things in my makeup bag such as Eyeliners, Lip pencils, and lip glosses but I only listed my favorite items here. These are my must-haves and I can’t survive a day without them. The only expensive item here is the Estee Lauder’s Lipstick, but trust me it is so hydrating and pretty that it is totally worth the cost.

Stay Blessed

Asra

BEFORE I DIE

Ten things to do before you are thirty!!

45 things you need to do before you die…

I am sure every one of us is aware of such bucket lists. The to-do list is something everyone has created in their lives to achieve some sort of goal; such as ‘Must lose 10 kg before Christmas’ or ‘Save money to visit Europe this year’ etc. Sometimes setting goals like this work wonders for people as it helps them to stay focused and keeps them motivated. What I am talking about here today is the type of adventurous and bankrupting bucket list ideas we follow that are written for us by some random person we don’t even know.hhh

This random collection of activities looks very promising and eye-catching. The ideas suggested promise to give you the eventual contentment but the writers fail to realize that every individual has a different idea of pleasure and happiness. Social media is an amazing platform for everyone, it has numerous benefits but what happened with time is that young people forgot how to enjoy the moment they are living right now. We go to places, keep taking selfies and don’t live that moment fully. I take a lot of selfies myself but if I am at a place I wanted to see, I would want to enjoy and live that very moment and of course take pictures later.

We all have some things that we want to do out of our comfort zones but we are not passionate about them. I have read so many bucket list ideas on the internet that I sometimes that I feel I didn’t accomplish anything in life according to them. I didn’t go skydiving, mountain climbing, bungee jumping and gliding before my 25th birthday as they suggested. This is sometimes difficult and unrealistic for people living in different living conditions across the world.

If you must make a bucket list you should make a list of things that actually make you happy. Make your own and a personalized list of things or activities you like. For example, if you are claustrophobic and a travel bucket-list suggests visiting a salt mine in Poland that reaches a depth of 300 meters, will it make you happy? It might be a great adventure and a fun thing to do for your friends but because of your condition, the idea of going so deep down scares you and you are unable to enjoy the experience with them. So, our to-do lists should consist of the things we are passionate about, things that are not too bizarre or extravagant, places we always wanted to visit and cuisines we always wanted to try!! Follow your inner voice if you are in search of true happiness because no one knows us better than ourselves.

Why I do not have a bucket list? It is simply because when we follow these lists, we take our idea of happiness from others such as media, friends and our social circle. These adventures might bring happiness to some people but they won’t give the same amount of happiness to others with different mindsets, likes, and dislikes. The idea of joy and success should be formed individually by us keeping our passion in mind. Always plan to do what you know brings you the pleasure, not something that will look cool on your Instagram. For example; Travel, food, and shopping give me the ultimate joy. Travel is my passion but I get more excited with the idea of exploring new cultures and cuisines than going for gliding or bungee jumping from a mountain. Be excited about future, what life is going to throw your way. Experience and enjoy the current moment, don’t dwell on past and live life how you want to live it.

Stay Blessed

Asra

 

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THE GOOD OLD DAYS OF DISNEY CHANNEL

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Are you a Disney fan? Have you watched all the movies and shows that use to be on Disney in early 2000’s? I was super obsessed with Disney channel and still remember practice drawing the Disney logo in the air just like the kids on Disney channel did during the commercial breaks. Out of so many shows on the channel, there were four I never ever missed. Come take a trip down the memory lane with me.

The Suite Life of Zack and Cody

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Zack and Cody Martin, the twin boys (Cole and Dylan Sprouse) were the cutest things on TV back in 2005.My favorite part of the show was Miss London Tipton 😉 Her shopping craze, funny style, and huge wardrobe was amazing. Brenda song did a great job of hilarious acting as London along with friend Maddie. And let’s not forget Mr. Moseby, that dude was witty and cute. All of the characters were shown living at Tipton hotel; I remember how much I loved watching this show. Later there was a sequel of the show called “The suite life on deck” where they all are living on a cruise ship instead of the hotel. It was equally funny.

 

Hannah Montana

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Back in the day, I was in love with Hannah Montana and watched every show on TV, even if I saw it already like 28 times.The theme song was so catchy and the show was hilarious and an entertainment for everyone. It was meant for kids and teens but I know many adults who use to watch it just like their younger brothers or sisters did. Every character in that show was awesome. I loved Rico, the arguments and fights between him and Jackson were hilarious. The friendship of Lilly and Miley made me want a friend who is that close to me as they were to each other. Miley Cyrus gained a pretty bad reputation some years back.The show recieved criticism and was even considered a bad influence on kids at a point because of her but the Miley I remember was a beautiful girl who was funny and always smiling in her character “Hannah Montana”.

Wizards of Waverly Place

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Selena Gomez (Alex Russo) is a famous singer now but I still remember her as the cute bubbly teenage girl who happened to know magic as well. I spent a lot of my afternoons watching this show and laughing at the crazy and funny situations these siblings ran into. This show was full of fun magical adventures of the Russo family who are wizards and own a sandwich shop as well.

 Cory in the house

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Started around 2007, Cory in the house was also a great show on Disney. It was about a boy named Cory who’s father worked at the white house as a head chef. He is the brother of Raven Baxter from “That’s so Raven”. Cory, Meena and the president’s daughter Sophie made this show so witty.

So these were a few of my favorite shows on Disney but there are so many others that I use to watch like “Lizzie McGuire” and “That’s so Raven”. So, after writing this post my plan for tonight is to binge watch my favorite episodes all of these shows. 😉 It is gonna be a great weekend for me.

Have a great weekend everyone. 🙂