Dieting, lifestyle, healthy eating, whatever you want to call it doesn’t have to be hard. Over the last 15 years I’ve tried so many different ‘diets’ or lifestyles with a membership fee, a catchy name, or claims of fast results. All of them left poorer, still fat, and sad.
- Weight Watchers
- Plant Based
- Low Carb
- Wheat Belly
- South Beach
- Military Diet
And then there was THE FOOD MOVER, brought to us by Richard Simmons. Slide the card in and close the little windows once you drank your water, exercised, ate your food, or needed some motivational self love…Thanks Mom for ordering the 2 for one deal! This was my FIRST weight loss or diet experience. I think I was 19 or 20 years old?
Some of these work GREAT for others, but I personally do not do well with restriction or lots of rules. Restriction is a MAJOR trigger for poor eating habits. These aren’t the only mistakes. I’ve even tried a few, well quite a few of the pyramid scheme types. You know the ones where they let anyone be a fitness coach without training? The ones where you drink a gross shake and swallow some pills? Or the ones where you wrap some plastic around your mom belly and pray you’re 6 sizes smaller by 10 PM? Yeah I’ve tried all those fake coach, pill popping, body wrapping money schemes and sure, they work for some people but why pay the money when there’s an easier way?
Calories in, Calories out.
If you want to lose weight you need to burn more calories than you consume by creating a ‘deficit’. Now this doesn’t mean you eat 2,000 calories of McDonald’s and then burn all the calories, sure I mean you might lose weight but QUALITY of food does matter. As our bodies change remember that the food you are putting into your body is what creates that change. Face breaking out and hair a dry or greasy mess? Are you eating too much junk? Change it up! Add in some veggies, fruits, and stay hydrated. Water, water, always water.
It’s not easy by any means, especially if you’re like me and have a poor relationship with food, but it does work.
I’m not a dietitian. I’m not a doctor. I’m not a fake health coach or even a real one but I know what works time and time again for myself and for others. Count your calories, improve the quality of your food, get active, and stay hydrated. And please, PLEASE drop the “all or nothing” mentality. Don’t restrict yourself so hard that one slip up throws you over the edge and kills your progress. Take one meal at a time and make the best choice you can each time. Set small goals, achieve them, and build on them. I’ve hear it time and time again and it’s still true, “You can’t erase 10 years of bad eating in a day.” Or whatever amount of time. There is no quick fix.
Personally I count calories, make sure I’m getting plenty of protein, healthy fats, good carbs, and veggies with the occasional fruit. I drink a lot of water. I do avoid fast food, pop, and the crappy carbs. The only difference this time is I’m doing it with some help. When I lost the 130(ish) pounds before baby I did it on my own, with some encouragement from friends and family of course, but this time I wanted to get it done and not wait 6 years. I’m working with a health coach, more like a team, Every Damn Day Fitness (The Damn Collective). Crystal, Alan, and my coach Susan are amazing. They are highly trained and extremely motivational. The accountability and STABILITY they’ve given me are amazing. It’s only been about a month now and I’m down 18 lbs. I can’t say enough great things about them. They made me feel welcome and comfortable right off the start. I was hesitant to work with an online coach, but I’m so glad I did! I really needed the accountability and although I’m not a beginner when it comes to health and fitness there’s always more to learn.
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Even if you don’t give coaching a try they have a ton of great info on their site, Facebook, and their YouTube Channel as well. If you do check them out, don’t expect sugar coated crap, they offer “Facts over Feelings.” We all need that.
If you want to follow along I post daily on my Instagram story, thatslindsaywithana. Photos of my food, the calorie count, Protein, carbs, and fat count. I’ll be adding in activity as well. No worries, no long drawn out workout sequences or instructions. Remember I’m not a health or fitness coach, I’m just sharing what works for me.