All over the internet on places like Pinterest, blogs and random websites you constantly find articles and tips about losing weight. Eat this, not that. Do this workout and in 2 weeks you'll have a flat stomach. Yeah, ok. Do a juice diet for a week to detox. Eat only protein. It's no wonder people are lost and have no idea where to begin. It seems overwhelming, especially when you have a LOT of weight to lose.
So, as someone who has lost more than 100 pounds, I think I know how to lose weight. To someone without a weight problem, they probably just think, "Well, duh, eat less and you'll lose weight." Anyone who has tried to lose weight knows it's not as simple as that.
I plan on writing a series of blogs on how I lost weight, what kept me going, and just tips for living healthier. It would be a LONG blog if I just went on and on, so on each blog I'll focus on the ways I lost weight and write about one aspect of it. Now, I am not a Doctor, a trainer, or an expert on this, I am just someone who has lost a large amount of weight (147 pounds) and I've learned a lot along the way. My weight loss was achieved by eating healthier, counting calories, and exercising. There is more to it than that, but that's how I did it. I did not take pills, I did not have surgery and I did not have a trainer.
So, below I've listed what I'll be writing about in my upcoming blogs. If you're at all interested to read what I did to lose weight, then keep checking back and hopefully I'll be able to get these done soon. With the exception of gaining a few pounds back here and there (like around Christmas!) I have not had any big weight gains since I started changing my life in April 2010. I have lost weight slowly compared to a lot of people, but I think it's one of the reasons I have done so well overall. Once you realize it's not a race, it takes some of the pressure off. You just live how you're going to live and being healthy is just your new way of life. Weight loss and fitness WILL come with consistency.
1. Counting Calories/Nutrition
4. Support and Accountability
6. Bad Habits
9. All or Nothing Thinking
10. Loving Yourself
I am not sure if this is the exact order I'll publish the blogs or not, but I will write what comes to me. If you have any specific questions, please ask! When I first started out, this seemed impossible. I didn't always know what to do and I am still not perfect, but I refuse to give up myself.
On the left is a photo of me in June 2009. I was somewhere around 320 pounds. On the right is a photo I took with my phone yesterday. I am sticking my tongue out and being silly because I didn't want to go to the gym, but I went. :) So about 320 lbs vs 180 lbs. I was 177 a few weeks ago, but I put on a couple pounds from eating too many cookies and junk around Christmas.