There is no magic pill. There is no magic shake, tea, or drink. There is only consistency and work.
After losing over 125 lbs in one year I find myself a little on the fluffier side again. Now that baby is 8 months old it’s time to get serious again. I’ve been maintaining my current weight for about 6 months now. The scale has not budged. I initially lost some with breastfeeding and light exercise but now I’ve hit that dreaded plateau. I was cool with it, since the extra ‘fluff’ has kept my milk supply up and the scale hasn’t climbed any more, but the time has come to say goodbye to my extra winter fluff. I’ve done it before, I can definitely shed this last 35 lbs. Here’s what worked for me last time.
Water WATER Water.
Say goodbye to all things liquid, other than water. For myself, if I get even a taste of anything sweet, or pop-like it’s all down hill. I must have zero tolerance on this. It’s my one slippery slope that is so hard for me to say no to. The only thing I allow myself to drink other that water is an occasional Celsius energy drink (not while breastfeeding) and Body Armor Lyte while breastfeeding. No pop, no milk, nothing. I actually love water so it’s really not a big deal, until I get that tiny sip of Diet Pepsi. SO BAD for the body, but it’s an addiction for me.
Start Small and Build.
In the past I’ve tried every diet; Atkins, Weight Watchers, South Beach, and so many more. I’ve tried the little colored Tupperware that ‘control’ your portions. I’ve tried the app on my phone that counts calories. What the app doesn’t know won’t hurt me right? None of them worked for me. I would go all in on day one and be so strict. Three days in I’m in the drive through at Taco Bell with a McChicken wrapper on my lap and cheesecake on the list. So instead of setting myself up for failure I did what worked for me. My approach is simple. Make the best food choice you can, every chance you get. Sometimes you go out to eat, that’s life. Instead of fries, order veggies. Throw that bun away and eat the patty. Skip the pasta and order the salad bar. CHUG YOUR WATER, and skip the basket of chips and salsa. You can do it. Even simpler, don’t buy the junk food. If it’s not in the house, you won’t have it. If you do eat something that isn’t all that healthy, eat the correct portion. Want pasta? Eat it, but eat a normal portion and the next meal make sure you find a salad or lots of protein and some veggies. One meal at a time was the best approach for me. Sure I meal prepped when I could but it wasn’t always a reality. If I set myself up knowing there’s a little wiggle room, I didn’t feel like a failure when I had something unhealthy. I didn’t fall off the rails and give up. I just accepted that I did my best and knew the next meal would be better. Lots of decently consistent days will eventually turn into many consistent months.
Like I said before, I wasn’t super strict on diet. Make healthy choices, and eat normal portions. The real hero of my success is the GYM. In the beginning I forced myself to go to the gym daily. Even if I could only squeeze in 30 minuets, I went. I started small with walking or jogging on the treadmill for 15-30 min and then 15-30 min of lifting. Every week it became easier, and the workouts grew longer. About 3 months in I was loving my time at the gym, and I was lasting longer at the gym. I would go alone after work, on days off with my daughter, or before work with my boyfriend. I went from being annoyed at even thinking about the gym to feeling lost and anxious if I didn’t go! Humans are creatures of habit through and through. Stay dedicated and consistent and you will form that habit.
Move As Much As Possible.
I sit for 8-12 hours a day while at work. One of the best ways to keep food out of my mouth and my body moving is to exercise at work. I know not everyone can do this, but if you can, there are chair exercises that can be done; leg lifts, all kinds of arm exercises, and even contracting the core muscles and relaxing with breathing. I will stand and march in place, do jumping jacks, or squats when I have a few free minuets. I sometimes even set out challenges. Every time I completed a task I would do so many squats or lunges. Luckily I work alone often and I’m not doing a workout routine in a room full of people.
Don’t Weigh Yourself.
I don’t know if I’m the only ‘crazy’ one, but I self sabotage, all the DAMN time. Let me explain. My crazy self will get on the scale in the morning, see that I lost 2 or 3 lbs that week and I’ll immediately begin to justify to myself why I can go eat that McDonald’s breakfast or grab just ONE Diet Pepsi. No, no, NO! I avoid the scale. I might weigh myself once every 2 weeks. And sadly, even after much success, I still have to tell myself before I get on the scale, “no matter what it says you have to stick to it.” Does anyone else talk to themselves like that? Why do I self sabotage so easily? The last time around I was pretty good about keeping those thoughts away, they had mostly faded, but right now they are definitely there. I ate a salad yesterday, time for a pizza today……ugh. Pump yourself up, even if you aren’t buying it. It will eventually stick.
Avoid the Old Habits.
We are so stuck in our routines that it becomes damn near impossible to break the bad habits. Don’t stop at the gas station, pay at the pump. If I go inside I know I’ll grab something. Don’t drive by Taco Bell after work. Don’t even walk down the ice cream isle. Don’t, don’t, don’t. Eventually, all those old habits will fade, but if you are like me and have a HORRIBLE relationship with food, it’s hard. My relationship with food is another topic for another day.
Even if you hate the way you look, feel, and act, LOVE yourself. You are worth the effort. You may not believe it now, but you will. Tell yourself everyday that you are worth it and eventually that too will stick. Don’t be too hard on yourself when you make a bad choice. Be real. Admit it wasn’t great, move on, and make the next food choice or workout choice better. And when you make a good choice, tell yourself you did. You have to be your biggest fan, don’t expect anyone to do it for you.
35 lbs about to be GONE.
What were some of the little things that worked for you?