So many people ask me how I lost over 150 lbs. The answer? Action and Accountability! What does this mean exactly? Simple, be responsible for yourself, and get moving!
Regardless of what you blame your weight issues on (childhood, relationships, family, care taking, career, etc), you have the power and the control to make a change for your own good. If you have abuse issues or binge eating tendencies, seek out professional help. Take care of yourself. Put the past behind you and move forward.
You don’t need any magic pills, or programs, you don’t need to join a gym, or buy any special food. You don’t need to cut out whole food groups. What you do need… is a bit of truthfulness and a lot of commitment.
Hold yourself accountable for what you eat. Write it down, all of it, the good and the bad. The take out, the fast food, the nibbles off of your child’s plate, the tastes of dinner that fall into your mouth while you cook, I mean all of it. Chances are within a day or two you will feel overwhelmed and guilty and want to give up. Don’t. Stick with it, you are making a change, and change is hard, very hard. I did not say this would be easy.
Once you have done this for a week, find a website or an app or whatever works for you, and put in your stats, and find out how much you need to eat to lose the weight. Count the calories, the points, whatever it is that works. For me, the website is www.myfitnesspal.com It is free, simple, and incredibly easy to use. Try it out for a week, and just put in what you normally eat, you may be shocked to realize you are eating 2-3x more than recommended. Once you wrap your head around that, you will most likely want to start cutting back. You will soon become aware of what foods fill you up for less calories, and once the weight starts to drop, you won’t want to turn back.
No cheating. If you want to eat a cupcake, do it. Enjoy it. But log it in and see how many calories that treat is going to ‘cost’ you. Once in awhile, no problem, but don’t let it become a habit. The habits you want to create are eating more green leafies, more produce, and less processed food. Begin to make better choices.
The other thing you need to do, is get up off of your bum, and move!! Start walking, biking, hiking, playing basketball with your kids, take a yoga class, rock climb, dance, Zumba,….what you can get out and do is up to you. Regardless of your current fitness level, your financial situation, your lifestyle, you can get up and move. There is an overabundance of information and availability of exercise out there. You have no excuse. I know people who have multiple children, jobs, responsibilities, and injuries, and they STILL find time to get in 30 minutes of movement for themselves. Can’t commit to 30 minutes? Then I ask you, how much time do you spend on facebook or watching TV? Think about it, then reassess that 30 minute commitment. You can find it, I guarantee it.
You do not have to spend a lot of money on a gym membership, nor do you have to sign up to run a marathon. Even just getting up and walking in place during a commercial break is a step in the right direction. Find something you like, because if you don’t like it, you won’t do it. If you have to take care of others, such as children or aging parents, find a way to incorporate them into your movement. This might mean taking them on a walk with you, or possibly, finding support in your responsibilities, and reaching out for help so that you can make some time for yourself.
The most important piece of advice I can give to anyone who wants to lose weight, is… you are important. You are more important than you know. If you have people that depend on you, you need to take care of yourself first. Stop putting everyone else’s needs in front of yours. This means finding the time to get active, and treating yourself with respect. Put good food in, and you will be rewarded with a lighter, stronger body, more energy, and that in turn.. will give you a better life! You will be able to meet the needs of your life, your family, your job, with new found energy and maybe even a zest for life that you didn’t know you could have!