Wednesday, January 30, 2013
I've had a lot of people ask me how I managed to lose 50 pounds all on my own. I've put a good deal of it back on since then because I lost my focus, gave in to bad habits, and lost my motivation. In many ways life got in the way of what was truly important and I haven't been good at prioritizing my health the last 2 years. What I did was this...
I blogged. I wrote my journey down. I stayed honest with it....not only about my feelings about myself, my life, my food, but also my weight. It was frightening to put my real weight out there. I didn't say that I had 80+ pounds to lose to get to a healthy weight, I put my weight....all 204 pounds of it, in black and white. I found that the only way to be really truly accountable to myself was to be accountable to the online world.
However, the real key to my weight loss, were my gradual healthy changes. Week by week, I chose new healthy changes I would like to add to my new lifestyle. I didn't go on a "diet" just made a new healthy goal every week and stuck to all of the ones I'd made in the past weeks.
My goals were simple, not over the top, and I chose goals that I really believed that I could stick with long term. I didn't say "no sweets" or "no sugar". I knew that I would have slip-ups. I knew that I could not feel deprived or I would definitely quit. (I'm weak minded when it comes to what I put in my body....I realize this, so I work with it!)
The first thing I knew that I needed to do was to stop drinking pop. To me, this seemed like torture. Seriously. I love pop. However, it is probably one of the biggest reasons I weigh as much as I do. So, I started slow. I NEVER drank water so that's where I started.
WEEK 1 GOAL: Drink 8 ounces of water first thing in the morning.
Other than sticking to that single very small change, I maintained my current lifestyle. I continued to drink pop, and eat as usual. Keep that in mind as you read through the goals I set, that other than the specific goal, I did not do ANYTHING else that would affect my weight/eating habits.
WEEK 2 GOAL: Drink 8 ounces of water first thing in the morning + Drink 8 ounces of water before bed.
(I hated drinking water early on. I found it to not be refreshing at all, so I'd fill my glass and slam the water down so I could get a Coke as soon as possible)
WEEK 3 GOAL: Drink 8 ounces of water first thing in the morning + Drink 8 ounces of water before bed + drink amount of water equal to amount of pop I drank. (A glass of pop for a glass of water!)
In wording it the way I did....I wasn't taking anything away from myself. I could drink as much pop as I wanted, as long as I drank an equal amount of water! Genius! This left me NOT feeling deprived. Plus I was still able to drink as much pop as I could possibly dump down my throat! So for me, it was a win win. I got what I wanted and my body was getting the water it wanted. By default, I was drinking much less pop without even realizing it. And the number on the scale started to go down without even changing what I ate. This gave me more motivation, a lot of motivation to keep going.
WEEK 4 Goal: Continue goals from past weeks, but cut pop down to two glasses per day.
Water tasted better now. As if my body recognized that it needed it and wanted it. After 4 weeks I was ready to give up pop completely.
WEEK 5 Goal: Give up pop.
It was EASY!!! I couldn't believe that it was that easy. However, it wasn't easy, it was a month long process....but because I didn't try to make it drastically, I didn't get caffeine headaches and I didn't feel deprived. It just FELT easy. And that lead me to see a connection....if I can make healthy changes FEEL easy, even if they are very difficult, then I can and will succeed.
This is getting a bit lengthy, so I'll pick up where I left off in another post soon!