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What's worked for me in my first 60 days

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Wednesday, February 12, 2014

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.

1. Exercise.
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! emoticon

2. Journal/Goals.
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!
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  • TANYAL78
    I have never thought to try an audiobook & I never seem to have time to actually sit down & read a good book emoticon so I'm gonna have to try this emoticon ! What I do now is put on music or I will put my favorite show on & workout while I watch/listen. Music is my main thing thou cuz I can play the music that pumps me up, will keep me going & motivated. I do have songs that motivate me & that's what gets me thru it. emoticon for the other ways of staying consistent!
    1544 days ago
    Way to go Runner Five! emoticon
    1555 days ago
  • REBBUL67
    Great job! At the end of this month I'll be at my 60 day mark. You are right, consistentcy in routine is key. Thank you for posting what you do to encourage success in your routine. I'm doing some of the same things but I think journaling will also help me.
    1561 days ago
    You are such an inspiration! Thank you for sharing your successful journey and for noting what is working for you. Don't ever underestimate the value of sharing good news with the world. You have made me feel better and more determined to stick with what is best for me. Sometimes I get a little down when I'm not seeing dramatic results, but when I find people like you who are inspiring and believe in Life and living to the fullest, I am always reminded about the value to living our dreams. Thank you for your willingness to share!
    1562 days ago
    Way to go! Thanks for the inspiration
    1562 days ago
    LOL Renae, your comment is still in there somewhere. I had responded to it by saying that the "glow" might be from all the new FRECKLES on my face from doing my Zombies, Run! workouts outside (I apparently am not allowed to get a tan! Lol).

    Thanks Renae and everyone else for your supportive and encouraging responses. I hope these tips are helpful!

    1562 days ago
    Good job. Excellent tips. Thanks for sharing. emoticon emoticon emoticon
    1562 days ago
    great job
    1563 days ago
    Holy cow! Now that's a response :) Congratulations on being so inspiring; that has to feel great.

    I'm a little weirded out because I remember responding to your last post, but don't see my comment in the thread. I wonder if I typed it in then didn't actually hit enter. Anyway, it wasn't a big thing, just a congratulations and a compliment on how healthy (not drawn) your face and skin look.

    This post is a treasure of great advice. I hope it becomes as popular as the other one ... there's a great deal of both wisdom and enthusiasm here that should help lots of folks.
    1563 days ago
    Thanks for sharing love the audio book idea!

    1563 days ago
    congratulations!!! you're doing awesome! very inspirational!!! emoticon
    1563 days ago
    emoticon !!! Thanks so much for sharing. I have a long way to go and reading your great blog will help me in so many ways.. Seeing your photos and reading this blog, WOW!! I'm on a roll...... You looking so good !!
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    1563 days ago
    I have a really hard time with the journal. Somehow I just can't seem to do it! Thanks for the tips!
    1563 days ago
    Great suggestions, straight forward and doable!!! And you are living the results!
    1563 days ago
    Great tips. Thanks for sharing. emoticon emoticon
    1563 days ago
    Awesome! I listen to weight loss podcasts when I'm working out, but I'm going to look into apps now.
    1563 days ago
    Great tips. I like the audio books trick. My trick is for watching TV. We quit cable TV which is great and the only thing I really miss is watching sports. The ellipticals, stationary bikes and treadmills at our fitness center have individual TVs so if I want to watch sports I have to go to the fitness center.
    1563 days ago
    Zombies, Run! sounds really fun. If you don't have a smart phone, would it work to load the app on an iPad and then log runs on it?
    1563 days ago
  • 144AUTUMN
    Keep up the good work!!
    1564 days ago
    Thanks so much for sharing. I just got my Daniel Plan journal today and am going to try journaling that way starting tomorrow.
    1564 days ago
    Congratulations on learning how to succeed in your lifestyle change. I listen to audio books too and it really makes exercise doable.
    1564 days ago
  • TERRY011360
    I really enjoyed reading this blog. You are doing great.
    1564 days ago
    emoticon Wonderful real world tips!!!
    1564 days ago
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