Before I give my schpeel on how I loss the 27 pounds, I want to say that YOU CAN do this! It is going to be hard, you are going to want to give up at some point, you may give up and start again but, if you want to live a long and healthy life, it is worth it! When I began this journey in March 2015 I had many failed attempts. Due to weather and working conditions I was not as consist as I should have been. Therefore I plateaued a few times for weeks at a time, but I knew that it was really important that I lose the weight for many reasons.
How to be successful!!
- Set realistic goals. It is possible to lose a large amount of weight using extreme diets and exercise programs over a short period of time. But for myself I have realized that after the diet is over the weight gain happens. I think this is because my focus is on eating or exercising for a short period of time and then I return back to eating unhealthy foods, binge eating and no exercising. The key to long term weight loss is consistency; having consistent eating habits. I love bread and sweets (etc…pies and cakes) but I recognize that I can’t eat these types of food on a daily or weekly basis. So set realistic goals eat to bread but not every day, and choose healthy bread options.
- Choose to be happy by having the right motivation. Don’t view this new “lifestyle” of eating healthy and exercising as a punishment. Believe me, in the end it will be worth it. But if you lose the weight for the wrong reasons you won’t stick with it simply because you have no expected outcome or benefit.
- Make gradual changes to your diet to eat healthier. I do not suggest a cold cut diet. Meaning you cut out everything in one day. Usually that works for a short period of time. But eventually it becomes mundane and exhausting. First cut out bad drinks, they maybe high in sugar content and then progressively cut out other unhealthy habits.
- Workout consistently. You may choose to work out twice a week or 4 times a week. Whatever it is be consistent. During the course of your workout plan you may need to switch up your type of work outs so that you don’t plateau, like I did. Or you may need to increase your work out time to maintain the weight loss. So don’t get stuck on a routine exercise program that does not progressively push you harder as the weeks go on unless you weight loss potentially will decrease drastically.