So a few weeks ago, Cayla uploaded a before and current picture of my weight loss journey. There were a ton of super encouraging comments, and I am sorry that I didn't get a chance to thank everybody individually. In one of those comments, someone asked if I could share some helpful advice, so that is what I am doing here.
1. Don't Diet. Say what? Seriously. One of my biggest frustrations in hearing about people trying to lose weight is their consistent reliance on some fad diet. Don't do it. It doesn't work. Sure you may lose some weight in the beginning, but most likely you are going to be putting that back on when you go off of said diet. For lasting change you have to find something that is sustainable for the long haul, not some 30 day quick fix. You are going to have to start making better choices for your body, but you don't have to completely deprive yourself of the things you want either. Be smart about what you eat, and eat in moderation.
2. Be Intentional. You aren't going to hope your way into losing weight. People always want to know what the quickest and easiest way is to drop the pounds, but the truth of the matter is that there is no such thing. You have to commit yourself to be intentional about the choices you make. Whether we are talking about the foods you are eating, or the exercise you are going to have to do, make sure there is a reason for all of it. That brings me to my next point.
3. Food is fuel. It is really easy to forget that point. It took me basically 27 years to really start to understand it. Food has one job, and that is to give your body the fuel it needs to function. If you want to see major changes in how you look and how you feel, start eating like you care about your body. I promise once you start doing that, your body is going to thank you for it. Again, be smart, eat more for nutrition than you do for comfort.
4. Exercise. This is pretty obvious I think. But to be clear, if you are going to change one thing to lose weight, clean up your diet first. As they say, "you can't outrun a bad diet". Or, "fitness is built in the gym, weight loss is built in the kitchen." With that said, exercise needs to be incorporated to see faster results. Plus you just feel better physically afterwards.
5. Give yourself a big goal, and then set it aside. This might not make a lot of sense, but it is something that really worked for me. In the beginning my goal was to hit 200 lbs in a year. That would have been a total of 89.6 lbs lost. If I would have focused on that 89.6 number every single day I wouldn't have lasted. It would have seemed far too big. So what I did was focus on being better every single day. I set small goals each day to be healthier than I was the day before. I focused solely on each individual meal, and each individual workout. In those moments I wasn't thinking about the long term, I was simply thinking about making the best choice in the moment. Don't get weighed down by a big goal. Go at it in little chunks. I promise you will see sustainable results.
So these were only a few ideas I had on the weight loss topic, and I'm sure we talk about hundreds more. Really the idea is finding something sustainable and enjoyable. You will hit some rough patches. You will gain weight on weeks where you think you should have lost. But if you commit yourself to this, and work your butt off, you will see the results that you want.