I see a lot of people newly into their journey who are already struggling with this lifestyle change only a short time in. I certainly am NOT a guru when it comes to weight loss and fitness. But I did lose a lot of weight. So I must have done some things right, right?
So let me share with you today some of the things that I did right during the course of my journey that might help you!
- Focusing on TODAY. I didn't set out looking to achieve a huge weight loss in a short amount of time. Instead, I worried about getting through each day making good choices and I let the weight loss take care of itself.
- I didn't get radical. I didn't count calories at the beginning so I have no idea how many I was eating a day. BUT I didn't get all crazy and cut myself down to almost nothing. I focused on eating less. It is not reasonable if you are obese to start off your journey eating 1200 calories a day! It will leave you hungry and angry and you'll want to quit. Don't get radical!
- Exercise - I started exercising. BUT I didn't go nuts here, either. I can run 35 miles a week now. But when I started I couldn't run 2 minutes! I didn't try to exercise 6 days a week for 1-2 hours. Nope! My goal was to move more. Which meant taking the dogs for a walk or doing some short exercise videos. It also meant exploring things I had never tried, like yoga. You are going to burn out quickly if you try to go from NOTHING to EVERYTHING!
- I did my homework! I started to research what is good for the body. I began learning about protein and complex carbs. I started to cut out things that were bad, like soda.
- I thought outside of the box. I didn't close my mind to things like "I hate vegetables!" Instead I vowed to try new things. New foods, new ways of doing things. I had never lifted a weight in my life! That was for male body-builders, right? WRONG! I found that lifting weights is an amazing way to transform the body.
- I enlisted support! I told my friends and family that I was getting healthier and asked them to join me. I joined online support forums. I joined the weight loss challenge at work. I didn't want to feel alone, and I didn't!
- I refused to follow FADS.. When people would tell me that I could lose a billion pounds by eating cabbage soup for 7 days and nothing else, I refused to engage. I didn't look for a fad diet. I knew this wouldn't happen quickly and I put the thought out of my head that there was anything that could make this quick and easy. I stuck with healthy lifestyle changes.
- I fucked up. Many times. And then I moved on. I DIDN'T GIVE UP!!
- It bears repeating - I NEVER GAVE UP! I wanted to, but I didn't.
- On a related note, I started to believe in myself. I told myself I could do it. Even when I didn't believe it, I told myself it anyway.
- I learned patience. I am NOT a patient person normally. But, again, I knew that if I was determined to make this happen, that I would have to be patient. Some weeks I NOTHING even though I had been doing well. Some weeks I did nothing different and dropped 4 pounds in a week! It's the nature of the beast. I learned to ride the highs and lows.
- I celebrated small successes. Like buying a shirt at a "normal" store. Or being able to buckle a seat belt without an extender. Or running for 5 minutes straight. Things that others take for granted, I celebrated.
So these are some of the things that I did right during my journey. I certainly made mistakes, and maybe not all of these resonate with you. I'm just a normal woman, with a normal life who did something that a lot of people struggle with.
It doesn't make me amazing or special or a leading expert or anything else. But if there is one thing that I can offer, it is my experience - so, for what it's worth, here it is.