“New year, New Me”
That’s the motto right. The beginning of the year is the time for many to have a fresh start. And for many, their resolution is to lose weight. That’s why I felt like this was the perfect time to share my story to help motivate some who already feel like quitting the 3rd day in. I get it. I’ve been there, I still have those days. Year after year. I tried, I failed, I started again.
Then I just got fed up. Fed up with how I felt, how I looked, the insecurities, the junk food, all of it. I was done. But where was I supposed to start?
The fad diets weren’t working, and if they did, it wasn’t for very long. Starving myself wasn’t going to happen because let’s face it, I love food. There’s no denying it. I didn’t have the time nor the energy to spend hours in the gym burning off enough calories to just lose a pound.
So I started where every one does, I started doing my research, and incorporating small changes in my every day life, and the weight just started coming off. These are the same changes I stick to today and I can tell you that I have dropped 60 pounds, I went from a size 13-14 to a size 5-7, and I have managed to keep it all off for over 3 years.
This is my journey to a healthier lifestyle, I hope what I have to say will help you no matter stage you might be at. I am no professional nor claim to be. I also don’t spend hours in the gym and never have a cheat day. I never wanted to lose a crazy amount of weight or compete in any contests. I’m just your average every day woman who just wanted to feel more comfortable in her own skin. Maybe you’re a beginner or maybe you just need to lose those last few pounds, I hope these tips & tricks help you!
– Eat 5 small meals every two hours.
I pack myself breakfast, snacks, and lunch every day. Meal prepping on Sunday’s makes it so much easier to stick to your healthy choices, and it saves you money. I like to keep healthy snacks in my lunches. Some ideas of healthy snacks are:
– a handful of mixed nuts
-hard boiled eggs
– raw veggies & humus
– apples & peanut butter
– fresh fruit
I never skip breakfast either, it’s true that it’s the most important meal of the day. And if you can, try to eat your breakfast with in the first hour of waking up, it gives a boost to your metabolism for the day!
– Limit soda, fruit juices, alcohol.
I say limit but when first starting out, I completely cut all of these out, and for the most part, I still don’t drink any of these. On special occasion, I’ll have a mixed cocktail, but I would try completely cutting these out for the first 30 days.
Drink lots of water! I drink about an average of 2 liters of water a day at best. It has got to the point where if I don’t drink water through out the day, I’m dying of thirst. If you’re not a big water fan, try the sugar-free crystal lite packets at first, but try to just stick it out with plain water! That would be ideal.
– Cook 90% meals from home
I firmly believe that this was the key to most of my weight loss. Just knowing what was going into my meals, and choosing better options, I think made the biggest difference in my weight loss journey. By cooking, I also mean most of my meals were from scratch. I was no longer buying microwave dinners, I was making healthy, hearty meals.
– Switching white grains for whole grains.
Instead of pasta, and flour tortillas, I now use whole wheat pasta or zucchini noodles instead. Corn tortillas, multi grain bread, and whole wheat flour are also some great alternatives if you’re still looking to have some healthy carbs in your life. ( That would be me, I blame the Italian in me)
– Healthy fats, oils, and spices
When cooking, instead of using butter switch to olive oil or coconut oil. Instead of mayonnaise for sandwiches, use avocado. Instead of reaching for sour cream or ketchup, try hot sauce or even plain Greek yogurt as an alternative.
– Work out at least 3x a week
This doesn’t mean you have to go out and get a gym membership or spend tons of money on equipment. For the first year, my work out consisted of a 30 min walk/jog around my neighborhood, and then a quick at home out work out consisting of squats, push ups, and crunches. This simple work out gave me results, and once I started seeing results, it made me want to invest more. It was the perfect start to get me going in the right direction
Once you’re ready to get more serious about your work out routine, I suggest 30 min of cardio, whether it’s running, elliptical, stairs, cycling, it’s your choice. This being followed by lifting weights. The rule of thumb, less weight, more reps will give you a lean, toned look and more weight, less reps is for building bigger muscles. Whatever you’re going for, muscle burns fat, and this does help when needing to drop weight.
These last 3 are my most IMPORTANT tips of them all!
– HAVE FUN!
Working out and eating healthy does not have to be grueling. Take a new class with a friend that you have always wanted to try, go hiking by the beach, get out and break a sweat while still enjoying yourself. You won’t even feel like you’re burning calories.
Have fun with your meal preps and play around with different foods, and different spices and herbs. I have developed such a passion for cooking since I started this journey, I thoroughly enjoy piecing together healthy meals, and how good they taste. Food that is good for you doesn’t have to be bland and boring!
– EMBRACE your cheat meals
I’ll be the first to post a picture of my big fat bean and cheese burrito that I’m about to indulge in. And I don’t feel guilty about it. Because come Monday, my meals will be prepped and I will be back in the gym. And even if I wasn’t, even if I have a whole weekend filled with cheat meals. I’m human, and so are you. Temptation is all around us, and we deserve to treat ourselves once in a while. So please, don’t starve yourself, don’t lie awake at night wishing you had the scoop of ice cream. Life is too short, be healthy but also be happy and enjoy the journey.
– Do not GIVE UP
This is the most important one. There are going to be days where you don’t want to go to the gym, or days where you just can’t eat another piece of friggin’ broccoli. You may even skip the gym, that’s okay. I just hope that you get back on track. If you can just remember why you started in the first place, find the motivation to keep going, dig really deep, I promise it is SO worth it. Being confident, and being happy in your own skin is indescribable. And I want everyone to feel that way. That sense of accomplishment and how proud you will be when you look back and say “I did it”.
So that’s it y’all. Those are my secrets! Nothing too intense right? Totally do-able? You know me, I like to keep things simple so just keeping up my trend! If you have any tips & tricks that you want to share with me, please comment below! I would love some fresh ideas!
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