As I have mentioned in previous posts I am currently losing weight and trying to get healthier and fitter in the process. I try not to worry about my dress size as much as I do about my cardiovascular health, muscle mass, bone density and a bunch of other medical terms I won’t bore you with. Working in the medical field was definitely a wake up call about health because you see people every day who never took care of themselves and are now paying the price. Obviously, even the greatest of athletes are not immune to disease or sickness but I like my odds better being healthy than not. Anyways, before I start yapping away and boring you all to tears, I will share some tips that have helped me shed 50 pounds (so far) in 4.5 months.
#1 Find a program! Let me be clear that this does not mean you need to go spend tons of money on weight watchers, or getting meals delivered to your door or on a personal trainer. This simply means find something that works for you and is easy for you to follow. This could be counting calories, keeping a food journal, cutting carbs etc. Whatever way you feel you can successfully lose weight is the plan you need to do. However, don’t pick something just because you see someone dropped 80 pounds in one month. First off, that is unrealistic and secondly if the steps within that plan are too hard for you than you’ll never be successful. If you’ll never continue counting calories than focus more on portion control and having balance healthy meals. If cutting carbs is too hard than focus on cutting out sugar then cut out soda then go to just having 2 carbs per day. You get the idea….find what works for you and your personality and that will guarantee success.
#2 Once you pick a plan….STICK WITH IT!!! Like I said above….don’t get stuck on how much weight everyone else has lost and how long or little time it took them to lose it. EVERYONE is DIFFERENT and you will lose weight at your own pace. If you expect to drop 40 pounds in one month it’s probably not going to happen and you’ll give up when you only drop 8. Also, don’t expect to see immediate results. It could be around 2 months before you start actually seeing more toned muscles, less fat and a little definition in places. Don’t give up because waiting it out 2 months is better than giving up and gaining another 10 pounds in 2 months.
#3 Move, Move, Move and when you think about hitting the couch Move some more! You don’t have to join a fancy gym, hire a trainer or buy 100 dollar workout dvds. You just simply have to move. This may mean you go up and down your stairs 20 times in a row, or park at the end of a long parking lot and walk inside, or do circles in you backyard every night. Doesn’t matter just move and get blood pumping. I personally have joined a gym because it gets me out of the house and I have some me/girl time every night. This has helped me not only physically but mentally as well….but if you can’t afford it…or if you’re not going to get out and go then find something you will do.
#4 Don’t drink calories….but drown yourself in WATER!! I am not a huge drinker and never have been so this has always been a hard one for me. However, the reason I haven’t been a big drinker is because I didn’t train my body to drink a lot. I have a history of getting dehydrated very easily which causes me to black out and pass out. Crawling into the kitchen for water while repeatedly passing out and riding in the back of an ambulance are not experiences I want to repeat so drinking is a MUST….for all of us. Our bodies NEED water. I know in the world of calorie filled lattes, sugary sodas, and every other yummy delicious concoction on the market it’s very hard to just reach for plain ole boring H2O. But next time you are trying on swimsuits and having a mental breakdown in the dressing room because those strings just keep popping open…..you’re gonna hate yourself for drinking that soda. If that mental image didn’t change your mind than also keep in mind that water keeps your skin moisturized, hydrated, fights wrinkles and acne. Coming from someone who has struggled with skin issues her whole life this was on easy tip I could follow. I drink a glass of water before and during each meal and a lot of times in-between. Again, find a system that works for you and stick to it and make sure you’re getting in at lease 8 glasses a day. (I recommend about 2 liters)
#5 Find a buddy! Everyone needs support while losing weight. Whether you find someone to lose weight with you or just someone to be accountable to….find them. I don’t recommend this person being a spouse only because if they aren’t losing weight with you….no matter what they say will affect you on an emotional level which will usually lead to more self doubt or negative self talk. For instance, if I’m accountable to my husband (who is super fit) and he is telling me to not eat those cookies (like I have instructed him to tell me…when I eat cookies) I am likely going to get furious with him, tell him his skinny arse does not understand what it’s like to have a giant caboose for a backside and spend the rest of the night drowning myself in cookies. Yea, sounds familiar right? Instead my best friend is my buddy. We workout together and do the same eating plans but we also keep each other accountable. We both confess if we have eaten something bad and we help each other not reach for crap when tempted. There is no judgement and no hard feelings so it works very well. I have tried 100 times to lose weight without a buddy and failed every time. I have a buddy now and voila! it works.
#6 My last tip for today is this: DON’T BE SO HARD ON YOURSELF! I truly believe in order to lose weight and be more healthy you have to appreciate your body in it’s current form. Trust me, it’s hard to see rolls and cellulite and wrinkles as any form of beauty and it’s hard to appreciate those when they have impacted our lives for years. However, coming into terms with your body, accepting responsibility for getting it there and then deciding to take action is very freeing. I wake up every morning and silently thank my body for still working. Our bodies are the most amazing complex machines and the fact that they have put up with the constant abuse of processed cheez its, fake syrupy lattes, fried everything and one too many late night pizzas….is a huge testament to just how much they love you. So now it’s time to thank them and get healthy. Like who you are now so that you’ll Love who you are at the finish line.
DON’T EVER GIVE UP and even if you fall GET UP and START AGAIN!!
My final thought is this: Time is going to pass anyway…..so why not look better and be healthier at the end of the road??
*For all the new mommies out there check out this post about loving your postpartum body!