As of the date of this blog post, I’ve lost about 10 lbs. since I’ve began my weight loss journey less than 6 weeks ago.
10 lbs. may not sound like a lot but you know what that 10 lbs. represents to me…PROGRESS! The saying is true, when you decide to lose weight you have to undergo a total lifestyle change. Fad diets will only set you up for failure and leave you unrealistic expectations. My only new years resolution for 2018 was to make a commitment to myself. I knew I wanted to be the best version of myself and that included getting my health and overall wellness in shape (pun intended).
What did I do to jump start my weight loss?
1. Well, the very first thing I did was cut out all refined sugars.
I didn’t “cut back” or “ween” myself off, I cut the crap out of my diet completely. In addition to that, I stopped eating meat and limited my carb intake. I now eat on a pescatarian diet that’s high in protein and low in carbs.
2. I started counting my calories while eating in a caloric deficit
Counting calories helps you understand exactly what you’re eating. I started tracking my calories through the My Fitness Pal app, even on the days I had a cheat meal. In order to understand what calories I need to consume to be in a healthy caloric deficit, I completed this assessment to determine how many calories I should be eating per day and cut that amount by 500. Now, my meal portions are a lot smaller and I find myself getting full much faster.
3. I exercised more
Growing up, I was an athlete so I always had it in me to be athletic and active. People will tell you that you can lose weight simply by just changing your diet and not exercising and yes…that is completely true. However, there are so many health benefits to exercising, why would you cheat yourself out of that experience?
Even if its only 30 minutes, I make sure to get some cardio into my life at least 5x/week. If you don’t have a gym membership, Fitness Blender was my go to before joining Planet Fitness. I still use Fitness Blender on days I may not have the time to go to the gym and working out at home is more convenient.
4. I stopped eating late
When you eat a big meal and then go to sleep directly after all that food is basically just sitting on your body with no opportunity to fully digest and burn off. Intermittent fasting is probably the best thing I could have done and I truly suggest anyone who is looking to shed some pounds to incorporate it into your routine. My cut off time for eating is 7 pm. Sometimes its 8 pm depending on what time I make it home at the end of the day.
These are just a few of the steps that I’ve taken that has helped me in my journey
Weight loss is just as much mental as it is physical and to truly stay on your journey, you have to change your mindset and your relationship with food all together. Here are few things I constantly keep in the back of my mind that keeps me motivated and moving forward.
- Weight Loss isn’t going to happen overnight
- You are not alone
- These changes will BETTER my life
- I may not be able to do something now but with consistency, I will!
Watching others on their journey (there’s tons of videos from people on YouTube) has definitely kept me motivated to stay on mine. It serves a daily reminder that you gotta stay in the fight to win.
I can provide you with all the weight loss tips for success imaginable, but if your mind isn’t right…none of them will work!
Point. Blank. Period.
If you’re currently on your own personal weight loss journey, i’d love to hear about your progress. Feel free to connect with me on Instagram if you have any questions that I can answer.
Best of luck to you on your journey!