I’ve lost over 35 lbs and counting since I was at my absolute heaviest weight in college. Losing weight has always been hard for me, and, like most women, I struggled with my image constantly. I battled with my weight for 4 years and finally reached a point where I knew I had to make some changes in the way I was living. After losing the initial weight and am reaching my home stretch towards my goal weight, I’m finally at a point in my journey where I can share my journey and help other women and men see the results they want and I want to share it with you.
I’ve tried many diets, exercises, and shakes. But it wasn’t until I made these changes that the weight began to melt off.
Trust the Process
First and foremost, the reason why none of the diets I have tried have worked is because I was promised a quick result and never got what I was promised. Most diets promise you’ll lose x amount of weight in a week or two weeks and you expect it to work because you believed it worked on someone else. When it didn’t work I felt helpless and gave up. When it did work, it quickly came back and I quit, yet again. Losing weight is not a quick fix. It is not something that happens overnight and it is not something you can base off of someone else’s results. Your body is unique and requires special love and attention. If losing weight were easy, we’d all be a size 2.
Losing weight is about changing your body from the inside-out. You have to have a healthy inside to have a healthy outside. This means changing what we put in our body, changing our mind, and changing our soul. Until I learned how to eat better, think better, and live better, I saw no results. This may sound silly, but it is the only way you can begin your journey.
Before I began this journey, I hated how I looked and constantly put myself down and had such a negative outlook on how I saw myself. I didn’t want to do things because of how I looked. I didn’t want to be happy anymore. And I didn’t want to be loved. Once I let go of all of the negativity and bad energy in my life, I was finally able to begin my journey.
Like I said, this journey does not happen overnight. So let go of all the ideas and stories you’ve heard about people losing 10 lbs in a week. Unless you are very overweight, losing 10 lbs in a week is unhealthy. Accept that this will not happen overnight and that every day is a new day that brings you closer to your goals. Whether they are a month, a year, or 5 years away. You will reach your goal. So trust the process because every day you are progressing. Even if you only lose a little weight in the beginning, you are a little bit closer to your goal which is way closer than you were to start with.
Do whatever you can to get moving. If your roommate or significant other asks you for a glass of water, get up and pour the damn glass. You maybe just burned 2 calories but that is 2 more than you would have otherwise. If you have a dog, take that dog for a little bit longer of a walk than you would have before. Your dog will love you for it and you might just burn an extra 50-100 calories. If you’re at the mall or store, park in the very last spot and walk an extra 100 ft to earn that shopping trip or the dinner you’re about to have. Do whatever you can to move just a little bit more than you did yesterday. It may not seem like a big deal, but calories add up over the smallest things. So just get up and do it. Your body will thank you.
And when you’re ready, start adding some extra physical activity into your life. I’m not telling you to go to the gym every day and work out like crazy. Working out is important but it is not the largest factor in the process. Ease into it and listen to your body. If you jump in too quickly, you will hate working out and dread the thought of giving your body exercise. So take it slow and at the pace your body can physically and mentally handle. Slowly build your relationship with the gym and I promise you will miss it when you’re not there and feel incomplete when you miss a day.
Cut it Out
Cut something unhealthy out of your diet. Start with one thing and slowly work towards eliminating all of the foods that got you to where you are now. I started with candy and sodas. Then juices and lattes. Then anything with added sugar and white grains. And I eventually got to a point where I no longer crave sweets or refined wheat. In a few weeks, you’ll forget they ever existed. I’m not saying you can’t ever have these foods again. But I abused sugar and carbs my entire life and until I can learn to live without them and learn that they are a special treat or a “once in a while” food item, I don’t deserve to have them in my diet. And neither should you. These foods cause us to overeat, store fat, and give us unhealthy health conditions. They are what got us to this point.
Water is magic from the Earth. It does incredible things for our skin, our health, and most importantly our diet. Drinking water boosts your metabolism and is most likely what our bodies want when we “feel hungry.” Thirst sometimes disguises itself as hunger. So drinking more water will help us determine if we are hungry or thirsty and will keep us fuller longer. Give your body some magic! And if you struggle with this, like I do, get a Hydro Flask with a straw lid. It has literally helped me hydrate so much!
Do the Math
The health and fitness industry makes a ridiculous amount of money off of people like us! We don’t want to do the work so we pay someone else to do it for us. At the end of the day 3,500 calories is a pound. We can either eat 3,500 calories more than what our bodies require and gain weight. Or we can eat 3,500 calories less and lose a pound. If you’re like me and you love eating, you can also burn 3,500 calories to lose the pound. It’s simple math and we need to understand how weight works. Simple as that. Keep a journal or use an app to make sure you aren’t overeating or undereating and the weight will come off (because science says it will!)
This one is the most important one and that is to believe. Believe it will work. Because it will. You may not see your results right away but you will see them. So believe in the process and believe in yourself because only you can make this happen.
Now that I have lost 35 lbs, find out what I’m doing to get to my ultimate goals!
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