Dear Alice,

 I’ve always been self-conscious about the way I look, even after I started my diet and fitness journey. What can I do to not get bogged down about the way I look from time to time?


Well, I can start by telling you we all feel this way from time to time. Sometimes it’s just us being too hard on ourselves; sometimes it’s just focusing on the wrong things. Everyone has something they’d like to change about themselves, but the most important thing is to focus on the fact that you’re doing something about it. You’re on a fitness and weight-loss journey – and that’s exactly what it is, a journey. It’s a challenge. There are ups and downs. Remember that you are on the right path and making a healthy change in your life.

That leads to my second point: Don’t just focus on the physical aspect of this journey. Sure, you look better than when you began and you’ll look even better when you reach your ideal weight. But this change you’re making is so much more than just that. What you’re doing will help you lead a longer, healthier, happier life. Try to remember how you felt when you began, and after you reached your first goal. How about the second? How about now? You are making progress, which is the most important thing. And this change is no easy fix – if it was, everyone would make it.

Lastly, as I already mentioned, think back to how you felt and looked before you started this journey. Focus on your progress. You’ve made great strides to reach your goal and you’ve already advanced closer to it. Look at some progress photos or just the numbers on the scale. However, don’t make this a weekly practice, as getting obsessed with the numbers or the way you look alone is not a healthy habit, and it’s something we all want to avoid. Just use it as a little morale boost from time to time when you feel this way. Don’t ever let a slow week or a cheat meal get you down. We’re all human; we all need a break, we all make mistakes, and we all need a little cheat meal every once in a while. Just keep the big picture in mind and stay on track.



Alice Harrosh, is a nutrition counselor and manager at Nutrition by Tanya, with 10 locations plus a brand-new one in Queens. Alice knows that making healthy choices is not always easy, as she has been through the struggle herself. As an optimistic person, Alice’s favorite quote is: “It’s never too late to start eating better. If you have a bad morning, make it a better afternoon.” For more information on Nutrition by Tanya or the TAP (Tanya-approved products) food line, please visit or call 844-Tanya-Diet (844-826-9234). For daily tips and inspiration, you may follow @nutritionbytanya on Instagram.
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