Before I give my schpeel on how I lost the 90 pounds, I want to say that you all CAN do this! But know first off that this is going to be hard, you are going to want to give up at some point, and this isn’t fun- BUT, if you want to live a long and healthy life, all this work is worth it!
I still do have a good 40-50 pounds to lose, so this is a journey- one that I hope we’ll take together :) It’s been 1 1/2 years now just to lose the 90 pounds, but it is staying off and I feel so much better!
Set yourself up for success
- Surround yourself with supportive yet honest people- these people will be your pillars when you feel like giving up.
- Make your goals realistic
- If you tell yourself you’re going to lose 20 pounds in 1 month, you’re already setting yourself up for failure as the pressure is too great. When you set unrealistic goals, you give up more easily…
- Make gradual changes- change 1 thing at a time
- For my first week, I just switched from drinking cokes to drinking water.
- The next week, I replaced sugary products with fruit
- 2 weeks after that, I replaced white carbs for more protein in my diet
- Lose weight for the right reason: to be healthy! Whenever I tried to lose weight in the past, I did it for looks alone. Then when I didn’t “look skinny” by summer, I got down on myself and ate to console myself- just putting me back where I started. This time I wanted to do it to be healthy- the pressure wasn’t as great, so I was able to stick to my healthy lifestyle much more easily!
- Don’t deprive yourself so much to where it feels like a “diet”- you don’t want to do diets!! You simply want to retrain your body to eating more healthy, but the trick is to do it gradually so your taste buds and habits adjust slowly and become permanent.
- Here’s what I eat most days:
- Breakfast: peanut butter cup oatmeal (recipe is in the video :) )
- Snacky snack: Apple or orange
- Lunch: Teriyaki chicken (watch the sugar in the sauce though), rice, green beans
- Snacky Snack: Lowfat string cheese and some grape tomatoes
- Dinner: Roasted chicken or Baked Tilapia, cooked veggies of your choice, salad
- The Mrs Dash seasoning in Lemon Pepper tastes SO yummy on Tilapia mixed with dried thyme and lemon juice
- Green beans- I add some lemon juice, crushed garlic, pepper, and little salt- yummo!
- Dessert: sugar free pudding cup with a banana or slice of pineapple
- 50% of each meal should be protein, and only 25% good carbs (no white starchy carbs) Red potatoes are good as well as rice
- When I eat out, I almost always get a protein dish with veggies on the side and a side salad. If I have to eat on the run, I go to Wendys and get a salad
- I am not an expert in working out, so will not give too much advice as you really should check in with a doctor and a trainer to figure out the best workout routine for you! It is good however to get at least 30 minutes (45 minutes is better as you don’t start burning fat until after 30 minutes – or so that’s what my trainer has told me… but 30 minutes will at least get your heart in shape and burn some calories!)
- Find something fun that YOU enjoy! I love doing step classes or dance, so I found a gym that offers those classes- that way I’ll stick to it. (I hate running on the treadmill like a hamster in a wheel… haha)
- Make your working out a top priority- this is huge!!! Even though I run a business and work a very heavy load, I make sure my step classes come first. All my appointments and work fits around those exercise classes, so I know that there’s no excuse for me not to go. I want to be healthy enough years down the road to continue working, so that means getting exercise is priority!
- I do strength training/lifting weights 3-5 times a week to tighten my body as it loses weight, so there’s less chance of loose skin. It’s also very good for your bones, so I hear ;)
I TRULY hope these little tips will help some of you achieve your weight loss goals! Again, I’m not an expert in any way- I just want to share some things that have worked for me as I know firsthand what it’s like to be overweight your entire life. Regardless of your size, please realize that you are beautiful and you are worth this effort! And don’t let ANYONE tell you that you aren’t beautiful if you aren’t a size 2- beauty comes in all shapes and sizes :)
Have a fantastic year my beautiful makeup geeks- 2011 is going to be great! :)