How did I lose the first 50 lbs?

Sunday, September 22, 2013

I am halfway to my goal and am reaching a point where I need to backtrack mentally in order to move forward. I feel like I must remind myself of these lifelong changes I have incorporated in my own routine in order to discover what else I need to do to keep this weight loss train chugging.

-Set realistic goals. Take one step at a time. Whenever I failed at losing weight before it was because I was trying to leap from point A to point B. I have learned that I am the only person that counts in this race and it doesn’t matter how slow I go as long as I keep heading in the right direction.

-Became a picky eater, for example, I was at a restaurant once where I had ordered a steak sandwich I remember the bread tasted terrible so I made a conscious decision and removed the bread and just ate the steak, this is what I mean by being a picky eater. Fortunately, for me I am a fan of most veggies and fruits but there are little methods I have used to incorporate some I was not fond of before my weight loss journey. **please see below

-Learn how to incorporate veggies you may not like: I remember hating the taste of baby carrots but because they were so easy I would buy them during almost trip I went grocery shopping and later watch them rot away in the fridge, along with broccoli and celery. What I have learned is to discover “how you like” these vegetables. What I mean by this is there are many different ways to cook veggies, I don’t like raw broccoli but I have learned I really enjoy it when it is steamed. Carrots I have learned to love when shredded ( I buy a pre-shredded pack from Trader Joes ) and place them in a salad or I sometimes eat shredded carrots with raisins and that’s another way I have learned to enjoy them. Celery, I add chopped into tuna with a bit of light mayo or I use a powdered peanut butter that is low in fat and low in sugar ( Pb2 is a popular brand) and enjoy them that way.

- Drink water before every meal, this is something I am still working towards but I know it has been a huge part of my success so far.

- Incorporated minimum of 150 mins exercise throughout the week. I joined a tennis class at my local community college along with another class called hips, thighs and abs and made friends. I encourage you to do this too if you are having a hard time finding a support system. It was there that I met Marcia and Ella. Two women who have been huge motivators for me and who I owe a part of my success too.

- When I am feeling down I now realize that food doesn’t make it better. Somedays I feel lonely or upset because I compare myself to other people and think about past decisions I have made and wish I could change the past but I remind myself that we all have different paths which will eventually lead us to where we are meant to be. I am a good person with a good heart who truly cares about her friends and family and I have stopped being so hard on myself about not having my college degree yet. But I am trying to live in the now and remember to make good decisions from now on. I also remind myself that life is not always happy and we are all far from perfect.

- Blog. I think writing about how I am feeling really helps. I am under 200 lbs for the first time in 14 years and writing about it and interacting with my fellow sparkers helps me realize that this is possible. No matter what bumps in the road we may have encountered in our past every day is an opportunity to take a new path, a road less traveled. The one I have chosen to take is towards a healthier and better life.
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