If you’ve known me for more than a year, you know that I’ve always struggled with my weight. I’ve tried every crash diet, and lost/gained 15 pounds far too many times. Finally, for the first time, I’ve gotten my weight “under control”. Now I want to share with you what I’ve learned over the years and I hope that it’ll help you with your health and weight journey. So for the rest of January, my blog will be focusing on weight loss and health related tips. I’ll be reviewing weight loss fads, workout clothing brands, and more! Signup to receive email reminders every time I post so you don’t miss a single tip!
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- Eat more protein. As females we are conditioned to focus on calories and forget that weight loss is about eating the right portion of carbs, proteins, and fats. Once I focused on adding more protein in my diet I was amazed at how full I felt, and how much easier it was to loose weight. Understand how much of each food group you should eat, aka learn about watching your macros, at IIFYM.com. It’s so easy and friendly to use
- Drink enough water, but don’t get crazy. I took the drinking water rule to an extreme, I was drinking so much water my body couldn’t get it out fast enough so I constantly felt bloated. I’ve read that the average woman need at least 9 cups a day and men 13 as a starting pooint. This article from About Health helps you decipher if and when you need to intake more water.
- Make exercise a part of your life. Each day I try to do something that’s active, whether it’s taking a walk, a simple abs/legs/arms routine in my apartment or just going up and down the stairs a couple extra times. When you make being active a part of your daily lifestyle you want to start eating healthier and working out more. One of my favorite workout apps is Run Keeper. It tracks your distance when working out and verbalizes updates through your headphones during the workout.
- Watch your sodium. Sodium sneaks in a lot of foods you don’t realize such as bread, restaurant salads and low calorie frozen dinners. Too much sodium not only bloats you, but makes you feel tired and lethargic. Watch your sodium levels and you’ll easily loose excess water weight which can encourage fat loss.
- Buy new workout clothes. I get so excited to wear them that I can’t wait to go to the gym, or go for a run with a friend. It also gives me a new outfit to wear for Saturday errands. Duh.
- Decide what works for you. I can’t do conventional diets that tell me what to eat and when, it gives me anxiety. However, I know people that thrive on this. So find what works for you. For me, I focus on eating enough protein and veggies each day and the calories tend to work themselves out. If you like to count check out My Fitness Pal (they also have an app), it makes tracking your macros much easier.
- Find accountability or don’t. I said so many times that I was going to lose weight and every time I didn’t I was so embarrassed. Not only did I fail but I publicly failed. I finally lost weight when I stopped checking in at the gym on Facebook, stopped going on strict diets and making sure all my coworkers knew and stopped making a scene when I lost two pounds. I lost weight when it was between me and my weight. So decide what makes you feel more comfortable, having someone to encourage you or just encouraging yourself.
- Admit if you need help. When I decided this was it, I wanted to lose weight I went to a weight loss doctor to talk about my struggles. He tested my metabolism, and talked to me about ways I could make lifestyle changes. I realized that I do have a slow metabolism, but it isn’t as awful as I thought. I was also cutting so many calories that I was killing it more. I was able to stop making excuses and start making changes.
- Forgive yourself. Last night you ate too much ice cream, you caved at work and ate the pizza lunch or you ate a little too much of the movie theater popcorn (that stuff is seriously like crack)… SO WHAT?! Tomorrow Make your walk half a mile longer, stay in the gym 15 extra minutes, or eat more veggies. Losing weight isn’t about making perfect decisions, it’s about not giving up. When I forgave myself and began to love myself, I truly started losing weight. I stopping hating my legs for not having a thigh gap and loved them for carrying me through half marathons. You’re beautiful, don’t forget that! YOUR WEIGHT DOES NOT DEFINE YOU.
I hope you enjoyed my 9 simple tips and they help you to make more changes this upcoming year. Remember, the Sistine Chapel wasn’t built in a night. Losing weight for life, takes time.
Comment below with any specific products or brands you’d like me to review the remainder of this month. Don’t forget to use #fASHionatelyFit in any of your workout posts to enter to win the grand prize at the end of the month!