I know you’ve heard a thousand weight loss tips in your lifetime… so how could you possibly know which ones are legit and that you should follow? Weight loss is one of the hardest things I have ever been through. Weight loss takes a toll on you emotionally, physically and mentally… it isn’t all about the outside appearance! A weight loss journey can truly change you from the inside out. After losing 40 pounds and keeping it off for a year, I have really narrowed all of the thousands of weight loss tips down to 3 powerful tips for losing weight.
1. Remember WHY you started.
I’m sure you’ve heard this before too…”when you feel like quitting, remember why you started!”. But have you really ever taken a moment to think deeply about what that quote is saying? We all have a WHY. You may or may not have determined your WHY yet. From getting to know hundreds of women I find more commonly than not that they do not know their why. I think back to all of the times I started “trying” to lose weight. I never had a WHY, so I always made a little progress, then got discouraged and quit. So what was the difference for me this time when I succeeded at losing weight? This time I had a DEEP reason for wanting to lose weight. I don’t know if you’ve read my story HERE or not, but in case you haven’t I will fill you in. I was a newlywed and totally uncomfortable with my body. We got married and moved into a townhome with stairs. I couldn’t even walk up the stairs one time without becoming incredibly winded! I was only 25; that’s not good! I work a sedentary job, and very frequently ate out with coworkers and my husband. I was only 5’5″ and was about 200 pounds. I had zero self-esteem and was so ANGRY that I was wasting all of this time at the gym and not getting any results. I decided I was sick of being exhausted all of the time and sick of not being able to be as active as I wanted to be. This became my WHY. So every time that I plugged in that TurboFire DVD at home and wanted to quit halfway through, I reminded myself of WHY I wanted to lose weight. It HAS TO BE more than a goal weight you guys…you have to have an emotional connection to WHY you want to lose weight.
2. Get real about your food!
Another famous line that you may have heard 1,000 times… “abs are made in the kitchen!”. How many times have you heard that and shrugged it off as B.S.? I know I used to all the time. But one day I had to GET REAL with myself… I was doing all of this working out and not making any progress. I had to really focus on what I was putting into my mouth. Days would fly by and I would have no idea how many calories I’d ingested. I started utilizing the myfitnesspal application on my phone (available on iPhone and Android). This is an app that you use to log everything you eat. I realized most days I was eating upwards of 3,000 calories a day. WHAT?! It never seemed like it, because I was eating JUNK so my body was never satisfied and always wanted more, more, MORE! I would snack on things like BUTTERED TOAST, and go right to bed after eating it. I would drown myself in cheese with most of my meals. I would binge with junk food right before going to sleep at night. What was I doing to myself? I was simply not paying attention and getting real with myself. You’ve GOT to pay attention to what you’re eating if you want to reach your health goals. Buttered toast, fried foods and candy were NOT fueling me to do any workouts… those foods were not even fueling me to get through my sedentary day without wanting a nap! Once I got REAL with myself about my food and made small changes each day, the weight began to fall off. I know nutrition can be so confusing, so if you ever want anyone to talk to about it, please contact me and I would be happy to see how I can help you.
3. Ask for HELP!
OK this was another major turning point for me on my weight loss journey… I had to learn to ASK FOR HELP when I needed it. There is nothing wrong with asking for help; do not be ashamed to ask someone for help. There are so many people out there, myself included, who LIVE for helping other people through this confusing journey of weight loss. Weight loss is HARD! You need support and you need a friend to be there for you when you struggle, because you WILL. Weight loss is not easy for anyone. I needed help, and I received help. I STILL need help sometimes! I STILL struggle! You’re completely normal if this is hard and if this is scary. I know the hardest part for me was that my husband, family and coworkers (who I spend most of my time with!) were not on a weight loss journey of their own. I understand how HARD it is when those around you aren’t working towards the same goals. They will not understand and they will not be able to FULLY be there for you in certain times, because they just won’t get it. This is your journey and not theirs, so you need to team up with someone who understands and someone who is fighting for the same things you are! I know for me it was so hard to go to birthday parties and watch everyone eat pizza and cake. It was HARD! But I didn’t see it as suffering for NOT eating it… I stayed positive and kept envisioning myself at my final goal and how that pizza and cake would make it take a little bit longer to get to that goal and in my mind would make my workout that day pointless. Weight loss is a total mental challenge. So buddy up with a support group, like the ones I offer here, or buddy up with a friend who is working towards the same goals. Better yet, see if you can gain the support of your spouse or significant other and get healthy together. Make it a family affair and watch how much easier it becomes. <3 Love you, wish you the best on this complicated journey, and hope you stick around on my page and let me get to know you! 🙂