Category: Weight Loss

Permanent Weight Loss

Permanent Weight Loss

If you have read some of my previous blogs, you know that I have struggled with my weight for some time now. I tried many diets, I have had a few eating disorders, and I eventually got tired of trying.

After a few traumatic events, I let myself go completely. I was putting so much junk into my body and being as inactive as I possibly could be. I became fed up with myself, and knew that I needed to make a change.

Not only did I not want to feel like complete crap, I wanted my life back. I wanted to be able to walk up a flight of stairs without feeling like I was going to die. Have you ever felt like this or do you feel this way right now?

After reaching this point, my immediate reaction was to google how to lose weight fast. The search pulled up many diet pills and quick fix work outs that I knew would give me the same results that I had always got.

I would lose ten pounds, give up, and gain twenty. I knew that I did not want to do it this way. I was seeking a permanent change, and I knew that it was not going to be fast, but I wanted permanent results.

I began to research how to change habits. Each website and book that I read said that it takes about three weeks to form a habit. So, I began to knock each bad habit one by one. I would not move on to the next habit change until I felt comfortable with the last. Here is a list of each of the habit change I made, in the order I made them.

-Exercising 30 minutes a day

-Eliminate sugar (except fruit)

-Exercising 1 hour a day

-Stop eating 3 hours before bed

-Drink 8 glasses of water a day

-Stop binge eating

-Eliminate processed foods

-Take vitamins

-Exercise 1 1/2 hours a day

Of course, I have had slip ups (The Holiday Season oops) (Please just accept that this is going to happen.) When this happens I just start where I slipped up and repeat it. It has been almost 2 years and I feel more healthy and strong then I have ever felt in my life! I am down 45 pounds and I have 15 more to lose. I am not concerned with how long it is taking to get there. I am only interested in moving forward. I hope this helps! Please let me know if you have any questions.

Please feel free to share your story in the comments section:) Your story could help someone else.

Much Love,

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Weight Loss Simplified Part II

Weight Loss Simplified Part II


Hi Y’all!!!! I hope that all of you really took some time last week to think about the healthy habit improvements that you would like to make. This week, I wanted to address what to do if you fall off the wagon.

We’ve all been there! You make a plan to lose the weight for good this time. You get rid of all the cookies, chips, and soda. Then, you go to the store and purchase all of the fruits, vegetables, and other healthy items that you will need. You take them home and prepare them. Finally, Monday comes (because we can’t start any other day. It has to be Monday) and you begin.

You do great the first day! Tuesday comes, you sneak in a doughnut, because one won’t hurt. By Wednesday the food in the fridge begins to go bad and you are wondering where you are going to hide the Twinkie wrappers.

It’s OK though, you’ll get back on track on Monday! Does this sound familiar? This has happened to me too many times, and all I am left with is feeling of regret, sadness, and a few more pounds. By being quick to forgive yourself, forgetting the Monday rule, and making small habit changes, you will be able to keep treat yourself with compassion, keep the weight off, and feel great!

Oh no, you have fallen off your diet and you are feeling disappointed in yourself. Have you ever asked yourself questions like, “Why can’t I get it together?” and “Why do I always do this?” or perhaps self-hate is your thing. You tell yourself that you are “fat and ugly and unworthy of love” or something like this. I was guilty of this for many years, I used to write in my journals the most horrific statements that would make you cringe. And no matter how much I would talk poorly about myself it never seemed to help. In fact, it only made it worse.

Nothing makes you want to binge eat like making yourself feel bad about yourself. It was not until I stopped this negative talk and began to forgive myself, that I was able to live a healthy life. I realized that I am human and that I was going to make mistakes. I began to look at myself like a child. I would never say any of these hateful words to a small child, so why would I say them to myself. I got out my sticky notes once again, and I wrote the truth everywhere. “You are beautiful!” “You are wonderful.” and “Yes, you deserve to be loved.” It took a while to retrain my brain, but now I barely recognize the person I was, I also started to forgive myself for eating unhealthy foods and skipping work outs immediately.

Bullying yourself for something that has already been done is pointless. I would forgive myself, strap on my Nikes and go shake my butt in Zumba. You can’t go back, just make better choices moving forward. Which brings me to my next point, forget the “Monday rule.”

If I had a dollar for every time I heard someone or myself say, “I will start back on Monday,” I would be a billionaire. I am not sure where this “rule” came from, but it is not going to help you at all, and you should forget it as fast as you possibly can. The best time to get back to being healthy is the second that you realize that you are not in alignment with the goals that you have set for yourself. Not on Monday, not on January first, and definitely not when the junk food runs out. The best time is now, it always has been, and it always will be.

We talked last time about making small healthy habit changes. If you are going along and you have made four healthy habit changes. You have started working out, stopped eating sugar, started stretching in the mornings, and limited the amount of salt that you are eating.

You go on vacation and you over indulge yourself multiple times, and you have not been doing your workouts or stretching. You come back from your vacation and your vacation hasn’t stopped. Your still making late night ice cream runs and your friends are wondering why they haven’t seen you at the gym in a while. Sound familiar? What do you do when you have stopped everything?

I recommend starting from the beginning. Start working out for a month, then stop eating sugar, so on and so forth. If you feel like you can add a new habit improvement faster than in a month, do it! The point of adding each habit improvement in slowly is so we don’t get overwhelmed and quit. It reminds me of a game I used to play when I was a kid. We would throw a ball back and forth, and count up each time we caught it.

When the ball was dropped we would pick it up and begin again, always trying to beat our previous amount of catches. Being health does not have to be complicated. Always treat yourself kindly, forget the “Monday rule”, pick the ball back up when you drop it, and set a new record. We can make creating a healthy “you” fun and simple. Thanks for joining me, until next time.

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Weight Loss Simplified 

Weight Loss Simplified 

Hi Everyone!!! I hope everyone has had a wonderful week so far! Today is an exciting day, I am eager to talk to you about creating your perfect body. Being a person that has struggled with her weight, I know how frustrating it can be to become the healthiest version of yourself. Especially with all the information out there. All the fad diets and crazy workout programs can make you feel like you are drowning. Not to mention, it seems like every two minutes, whether something is good for you or not seems to change. So, what do you do when you don’t know what to do? That’s what I am here to share with you today.

I have tried many diets and work out programs in the past. The pounds would always come off fast and seem to come back just as quick. After spending some time studying habits I knew that this was going to be the best way for me to lose the weight and keep it off for good.

Let’s start by defining exactly what a habit is. The Merriam Webster dictionary online defines a habit as, “A behavior pattern acquired by frequent repetition.” I have found, to form a habit, you must repeat it daily. Research varies on how long it takes exactly to form a habit and I believe that this is because it varies from person to person. For myself, it seems to take a month before I form a habit, and anytime in addition to that seems to make it automatic.
Now that we know how long it takes to form a habit you are probably wondering what habits are good to form. I have found that physical activity is very important. This is the habit that I decided to incorporate first. Every day for thirty days I went to the gym for thirty minutes. I did not miss a day. When I would miss a day, it would throw me off and I would end up starting over. I tried to go at the same time every day. After the thirty days, I noticed that my body craved it. I began to up my time that I spent there. After working out for a year it felt as if my body was on auto pilet. If the gym isn’t your thing that is fine play a sport, go for walks, or swim. Whatever you must do to get your body moving!

Working out made me feel better, look better, and develop muscles I never knew I had. However, it did not seem to help me lose weight. I kept hearing people around the gym say weight loss happens in the kitchen. I knew it was time to make some dietary changes.
This is where I felt confused, everyone had an opinion about what I should eat, how often I should eat, and when I should eat. I did not know who to listen to, so I decided to listen to my body.

For the first month of eating healthy I cut out processed sugar (everything but fruit) This helped a ton, I lost ten pounds. After this, I quit eating three hours before bed, started eating a ton of veggies, drinking eight glasses of water a day, and the list went on. I would add a new habit every thirty days. This is when the magic started to happen before I knew it I was a whole new person. I also joined Dietbet, this is a game where you put in money and you have a certain amount of weight to lose. This helped keep me excited and accountable.

Of course, I have struggles along the way. I would be lying if I said that I didn’t find myself in a pile of cupcakes a time or two. We will talk about how to overcome this in later blogs. For now, I want you to contemplate if there are any habits that you could incorporate to make a healthier happier you? Please leave in the comments which habits you are going to work on. Telling people what you are working on is a great way to hold yourself accountable.

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“Dictionary by Merriam-Webster: America’s Most-trusted Online Dictionary.” Merriam-Webster. Merriam-Webster, n.d. Web. 26 July 2017.