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First Major Milestone Reached - What I Have Learned Along the Way

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Thursday, January 19, 2012

Today is a good day. No. It is a GREAT day. I had a mid-week weigh-in this morning and I could not believe it when the scales stopped! A moment I have been working hard for finally arrived. As of today I have lost 51lbs, just over 3" from my waist, and my BMI has dropped from 44 to 37 in just 14.5 weeks! I have learnt so much about life and myself in the last 3.5 months and would to share some of things with you today.

I have shared some of these things before, but I believe they are so important that I want to write them down again. This will serve a dual purpose. It will help me keep myself on track and will hopefully help any of you out there are thinking about starting your own lifestyle change. Here is a list of the things that I have learned in the past 3.5 months:

Living a healthy lifestyle does not include the word diet. Diets do not work

Water is the key to weight loss. it keeps you hydrated, cleanses your skin, and makes you feel full! Make sure you get at least 8 glasses a day or drink half your body weight in oz of water. Do not drink soda

Do as much as you can to limit or completely stop your intake of refined foods such as flour (white), sugar and sweetners. They are poisoning you! Sugar has been found to be as addictive as cocaine! How crazy is that? A story later on about my sugar withdrawals (it was very scary)

Eat whole grains as much as often as you can. Whole wheat bread, whole grain pasta, whole grain cereals and so on. Get your sugar fix naturally from healthy foods such as apples, oranges and other fruits.

Learn how to read nutrition labels and understand what you are putting in your body. You really don't need that High Fructose Corn Syrup or Butylated Hydroxyanisold. What? EXACTLY!

Keep a diary of what you eat. This is one of the most important steps I have taken. Everytime I eat I track it. Everytime I track my food it holds me accountable. Do not make any changes and track your food and calories for 3 days and you will be stunned at how much you consume.

Exercise. I know, the thought of it sends shivers down your spine, but if you want to lose the weight and fight the fat you have to exercise. It does not have to be boring. Make it fun. Go to the park and take a walk, enjoy the nature. Walk to get the mail, walk to the store. Walking is one of the best ways to get moving.

Tell people about your weight loss plans. Heck, tell the world. be proud of who you are and what you are setting out to achieve. Do not listen to doubters, they are just jealous that you are going to improve your life. Do your best to prove them wrong. You will be surprised though at just how many people will be in your corner to support you every step of the way.

Do not be hard on yourself if you have a day where you fall short of your goals. This WILL happen, but it is not the end of the world. Move on past it, and pick up your good habits starting the day after. Think about what made you fall short of your goal and try to avoid those triggers in future.

Even though I still weigh a hefty 282.6lbs I feel better now than I have in a long, long time. I have so much energy to burn it is crazy. I have been able to think clearer, and more importantly I have been able to do things that I have not been able to do for a long time, like play with my kids without feeling like I am going to die! I Still have a long way to go to reach my ultimate goal of 200lbs, but I know that I can do it. If I follow those simple rules above I KNOW I can do it by the end of the year.

If you are thinking right now that you cannot do it you are not giving yourself enough credit. Believe me, you can do anything you set your mind to. All you have to do is believe in yourself.

If I can do this while suffering with a debilitating condition called RSD I know that YOU can do it too! If you want to start losing weight and want to have a healthier lifestyle please reach out to me, I would love to help. We are all in this together :)

All the best,
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