I am still completely overwhelmed by the response to my previous blog when I posted my comparison photos! I noticed several comments from people who remarked that losing 20 pounds in 60 days wasn't an easy task. I also saw comments from people who said they were just starting out, so I thought I would share a few of the things that have made a difference for me this time.
As a rule, I have always HATED exercising. But I have a good friend who likes to say "How's that workin' for ya?" In other words, if something isn't working, then do something different. I decided to try the Zombies, Run! app (I started with the 5K training app, which is an 8-week program), and having a story line waiting for me helped keep me motivated to keep coming back for another workout. In the past, I have also listened to audiobooks while working out. It helps distract me from the idea that I'm exercising. I also don't allow myself to listen to the audiobook unless I'm working out, so I have to exercise again to find out what happens next!
Journalling is something else that I had always been resistant toward in the past. But this time, from Day 1, I've been journalling at the end of every day. After I write my thoughts for the day, I rewrite my lists of goals. These goals include diet and fitness goals, but also goals for other aspects of my life. I start with long-term goals, about a year out. Then a list of goals for the current week and for the current month. Rewriting the goals every day keeps them in the forefront of my mind and keeps me working toward them. After the goals, I also list what I call affirmations. I take all of the negative self-talk from the past and turn it into positive reminders. For example, "I'll never lose this weight" becomes "I WILL lose this weight." "I can't stick to this diet" becomes "I WILL stick to my new healthy lifestyle."
3. Real food.
Since I started this, I've tried to stay away from processed food as much as possible. I think another thing that has tripped me up in the past is all the substitutions I would try to make--fat free this, sugar free that, etc. They're all processed foods too, and I think getting a taste of the substitute just made me crave the unhealthy food more. Now I stick mostly to poultry, seafood, fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and a little bit of dairy (Greek yogurt, mostly...I'm addicted to it. Lol). I love to cook, and I've been trying out all kinds of new recipes, some from here, some from magazines/web sites like Clean Eating, Eating Well, and Cooking Light. All the new recipes help me keep from getting bored!
I hope these tips help, especially for those just starting out. These are the primary things that seem to have made the biggest difference for me this time around. I've struggled with my weight for most of my life, and this is the first time I've really believed that success is within reach. Good luck to all of you on your journey!