Saturday, August 02, 2014
You know, I've heard it said time and time again that you don't overhaul your whole diet in one day to lose weight. You have to make small changes, blah blah blah. It's not that I don't believe this advice. It's really great especially for people who may struggle with eating too many sweets or are brand new to exercising.
My issue has always been putting my whole effort into losing weight. I've always enjoyed exercising somewhat. I played softball for 13 years and my dad and I used to run together when I was a kid. Once I got into college I started utilizing the gym and would go nearly everyday. Fortunately, I've never had too hard a time getting myself to the gym.
I also love to eat all kinds of foods (which I'm pretty sure is obvious since I'm on SparkPeople). Even as a toddler I loved vegetables and fruit. I grew up eating meat but I am now vegetarian and I have found so many delicious veggie meals that I enjoy. I've never been a fan of sweets and I might be the only woman who doesn't love chocolate. If I never had chocolate again I'd be fine.
However, I am far from perfect. My biggest struggles come from not drinking enough water and choosing unhealthy foods over more nutritious ones. While I love bananas and spinach, it still doesn't compare to my favorite salt and vinegar chips. Or I'll eat a few servings of veggies and be proud of myself so I'll use my remaining calories to eat whatever I want. This half hearted approach was quickly getting me no where.
Just last week I wrote of staying within my ranges but still eating crappy foods. I was eating mostly carbs and fat. I believe this is what lead me to my first plateau. I lost 9 pounds and then my body quit because I wasn't treating it right. Then I finally took the age old advice of making small changes.
About a week ago I bought a new Brita bottle. At first I didn't use it much. I knew we would have to get acquainted because I purposely didn't buy any soda in an attempt to drink more water. A few days ago I told myself I had to drink at least two full bottles worth before I go to bed. The bottle holds 24 oz so that's 48 oz total in a span of 15 hours. How hard can that be? For me it was pretty challenging. Crazy enough, in two days I literally went from not drinking water to I don't want my bottle to ever leave my side. Also, drinking more water brought me out of my plateau and I finally lost the 10th pound.
This sparked me to see what else I can do. Yesterday I had to go grocery shopping and instead of choosing my normal processed staples, I forced myself to buy at least one new thing to learn to cook with it. Since spinach is my favorite vegetable, I bought one of the plastic buckets of it. I plan on sautéing it tonight to have with my dinner. I've never sautéed anything before so I'm hoping it turns out okay. I know how to do it but I've just never done it before so I'm praying I won't burn anything.
I still bought some of the regular processed stuff because I was in a hurry and on a budget. (However, I am proud to say that literally half of my grocery bill was for fruits and veggies.) Before I go grocery shopping again I'm going to sit down and research some recipes and see what I can learn to make. I'm fresh out of college with hardly any cooking experience so I'm going to start with simple recipes. (There goes that advice of making small changes again!)
By just adding water and eating a few more veggies, I actually lost another pound in two days. I am officially down 11 pounds. I'm at 160.4 right now. I'm hoping to be in the 150s soon so I can say goodbye to the 160s forever!
It's amazing how making small changes can truly apply to everyone no matter what stage they're in. I'm not new to the weight loss game so I think I thought I could do without that advice and figure it out on my own. I was wrong! My motivation is back up and I'm really excited to see what other small changes I can make to facilitate my weight loss. I am legitimately excited to sauté my spinach tonight and see what other new things I can do in my kitchen!
Have a super fantastic day, everyone! :)