bijockstl saidFirst of all if you don't like what you are eating it won't stick, so be creative. It doesn't have to be bland or taste like crap to be good for you. Second and most important you have to be able to control your own mind. It's about Will Power and Self Control.
My mind tried to hijack me at every turn AFTER the first two weeks. My coaches had me prepared for a 45 day challenge. Yeah, that's aptly named. The options seemed so limited and I tired of avocado, almond butter, etc. Early on I ate too much fruit and that made me shit like a crippled coon as my dad used to say. LOL
My college age daughter visited and told my coach how bread was her downfall, calling her name at night LOL ... he said, cheating is okay but you need to keep a food log if you find yourself cheating regularly. And he added that if he was going to cheat it was NOT going to be with bread!
For me motivationally, before the results started to show, I had to get mad at the makers of prepared foods. I mostly used sugar to leverage this anger which was easy to do. I equated in my mind my belly and other fat with sugar in food. Someone here smarter than I am said how your body takes time to change its way of doing business. I equate this with drug or alcohol addiction. The offending substance has to be depleted, the body has to get over missing it and the worst thing you can do (IMHO) is tease yourself with little cheats. Break it off. Go hardcore paleo for a month and a half. Add things back in test patterns one at a time to see if you were allergic to anything and of course if something bothers you leave it off again.
Convenience is what got us into this shit storm to begin with so wrap your mind around preparing meals in mass quantity as another said above. Or at least preparing the veggies. Also, go to the farmer's market and try some new things. Listen to your body though. I needed more electrolytes added mio-fit (no sugar) and felt a world better. Then I added a meal replacer because I wanted to loose more fat. I chose Raw Meal and thought I had made a huge mistake. But actually again, I got my mind wrapped around what I was feeling and where I hoped to go, cut the dose in half and have really benefitted.
Stir fried quality beef and chicken with zuchinni, sweet potatoes (sliced with a potato peeler) salt, Mrs Dash, fresh herbs, garlic, and other spices, olive oil, and toasting some pecans, sunflower seeds, or shaved almonds in that olive oil before the veggies is great to me.
Now a couple of months in I know pasta and bread, biscuits & gravy slam my body though its not a gluten issue. Milk too but its not a dairy issue. I think aged or cultured dairy isn't a problem for me. So a little quality aged cheese or small amount of butter has been cool for me without derailing me. But friggin candy bars on a fishing trip are a 'never again' LOL
Good luck, keep your mind on the prize a more fit you!