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Sunday, February 24, 2013
How to lose 30 pounds in 6 months?! (Or 5 pounds per month)
What are your best tips and recommendation? I know the basics, I think :) But how do you stick with it on a day to day basis? How do you keep your motivation up when all the parameters aren't ideal? (work, family, friends, sleep). As soon as I have a distraction, I fall off the wagon.. That's not very productive.
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No eating at night! And cut down on white bread and white pasta! Those are 2 things I really notice getting in the way of my weight loss. You go grrl!
1458 days ago
I give all new members and those looking for motivation one piece of advice and it's this,"Don't look at good health or weight loss with an all or nothing mentality". If the only healthy thing you did for yourself today was drink 8 glasses of water, that's still a step in the right direction. Set some simple goals first. don't try to do everything at once or you will end up frustrated. Example, if you're not eating 6-9 servings of fresh fruit and veggies, set a goal to eat 2-3 servings each day for one week. if you're not drinking your water, set a goal to drink 2-4 glasses each day for one week. if you're not exercising, set a goal to take a 30 minute walk each day for one week. Once you've achieved these goals, then you set new ones. No "all or nothing". just a few simple changes you CAN stick with so that you don't keep falling off the wagon.
Also, don't set a goal that's too ambitious. While a safe weekly weight loss would be 1-2 pounds per week, there will be weeks you don't lose. There will even be weeks you gain ! And that doesn't mean you're doing anything wrong. You can't force your body to lose weight week after week. weight loss isn't that simple. I wish it were.
Could you lose 30 pounds in six months ? it's an ambitious goal and not out of the realm of possibility. but 5 pounds a month is asking a lot of your body. the closer you get to goal, the harder and longer it takes to lose those last few pounds. So, you may find that six months from now, you lose say 20 pounds instead of that 30. Would you consider yourself a failure for now reaching goal ? I sure wouldn't call a 20 pound weight loss a failure.
Goals should be realistic. Because if the goal is too ambitious, you are setting yourself up failure. Like I said, you can't force your body to lose weight. It will lose weight when it's ready to lose and not before. this is why so many people give up. it's because they can't accept that their body won't do what they want it to do.
That's why another piece of advice I give to everyone is to be patient. You can lose weight, but you must be patient with your body.
My final thought, if you want to lose weight and be more healthy inside and out, do your best to eat 6-9 servings of fresh fruit and veggies each and every day. When I look back on my own weight loss, increasing the amount of veggies I ate really did make an impact.
1460 days ago
Great tips already, I would add plan ahead. I batch cook on the weekend, and even track my breakfasts and lunches, so I know where I stand with those. I bring them to work so I have my healthy choices already made, and find it's then easy to pass on the doughnuts or bagels a kind co-worker may bring in.
And I think most family/friend distractions are planned, so again, plan ahead. You know when the birthdays and anniversaries are coming more likely than not, if you want to join in the celebration without worry, then cut back earlier in the week and "save up" some calories for the special event. If you know you want to go to happy hour on Friday, cut back earlier that day, and save those calories for something you will really enjoy. You don't want to do this daily, but life will be lived, so plan for it!
1460 days ago
You're already doing great! You have chosen a realistic number of pounds to loose.
You already know your own personal stumbling blocks. Look carefully at each one and decide how you will deal with it proudly before it threatens you. Have a plan in place.
Try to remember that there are NON scale victories. It's not all about the scale.
Get Sleep! It's remarkably important.
Actually measure your food. Each and every time. Then track it. Every bite.
Ask yourself every single morning how you are going to achieve your goals. Have a plan. Make your goals measurable.
Make getting to a healthy weight your part time job. Managing your food and activities are in the job description. The scale and your mirror are your performance reviews. You are the boss of you.
You can make progress or you can make excuses. You choose.
When you are feeling like you don't have the strength to carry on, come to SP and ask for encouragement. We all succeed together.
1460 days ago
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