A couple weeks back I talked about my fitness journey and specifically what was working and what was not. But while I gave a lot of encouraging advice I think a lot of times we can look at someones fitness journey from the outside-in and think that they have it all together. I'm here to assure you that that has NOT been my experience throughout this process.
I struggle daily to choose to eat right, finding time to workout, and self-hating myself for not looking good enough. Despite pretty pictures and progressive stats, no ones journey is perfect, especially mine. But I wanted to encourage those of you who have devoted your New Year to fitness and wellness to continue pushing forward. Your dreams matter and your hard work is paying off!
Since January I have lost 12 lbs (hitting my goal weight and surpassing it by 2 pounds), and lost between 2 - 2 1/2 inches around my waist, hips, thighs, chest, and arms; I have also dropped 2 pant sizes, 1 full bra size, and 2 dress sizes. I don't say these things to say "hey look at me! I'm doing so great!" But because I truly am incredibly proud of myself and what my body has been able to accomplish.
This has been by biggest and longest fitness journey to date and what's different is, I haven't exclusively made this process all about food or all about fitness. This has been a dual-process, each being equally important to the other. I can always tell when my eating has been off (#mcdonalds) or if I need to get moving more. My body has already begun to react to these lifestyle changes in such drastic ways and it started with a mindset switch. I set out on this journey to stretch myself; not thinking about just "loosing the extra baby weight", but sincerely choosing to think differently about health, wellness, and my body...my temple.
I've Lost 12 Lbs In 2 Months: 6 Ways I Did It Without Starving Myself
1. Find your routine and stick to it
I talked about this a lot in my last fitness blog post but it's important to find a routine that works for you. Whether that means working out in the morning or the evening, figure out a time each day that you know works for you and your family and commit yourself to it (This includes meal prep). Make sure you are allowing time each week to go to the grocery store and buying the necessary essentials to thrive that week. That's actually been KEY for me. Having the healthy food I need all week long makes it so much easier to not settle for store bought pizza or a McDonalds run. :)
2. Buy workout clothes that you feel good and confident in
I love a good bargain when it comes to clothes but sometimes with fitness gear you have to be willing to spend a little more money. I recently started shopping for fitness gear at Onzie. They not only have the cutest athletic wear but the material is like butter. I'm not even kidding. Softest. Material. EVER. You can see some of there gear below.
3. Eating healthy (and getting used to the taste) takes time
I know this sounds stupid but it's the truth. We start eating healthy and immediately get turned off because it doesn't "taste as good" as the cheeseburger we had for dinner last night. WELL DUH!!! I laugh because I used to use that excuse all the time but once you start weaning yourself off all that junk food, your taste buds will truly start craving those healthier options. Yes, I know it sounds crazy, but by golly, give your body a break! It's been eating those toxic-ridden foods for 20+ years (for the majority of us hitting the healthy lifestyle bandwagon) and you have to allow your body time to adjust. Don't sell yourself short...you will be amazed at how your body changes throughout the course of this transition.
4. Shoot to workout for an 30-60 min a day
This has also been a BIG one for me! I mentioned before that I started doing group fitness classes 4-6 days a week and that has drastically changed my wellness mindset. But I also realize that not everyday can I hit those desired times, so what do I do when I have no motivation? I jump on the elliptical machine, walk the track with a friend, crank out an abs circuit, etc. Basically...just. get. moving. It doesn't matter what it is, just strive for 30 minutes and if you happen to push it longer, well then, you're a rockstar.
5. Find meals that you love and repeat
I've had an incredibly hard time in the past finding healthy meals that I truly love and want to repeat over and over again. All I can say about this is...don't stop experimenting. Some meals that have been working for me are:
- Lime-grilled chicken served with avocado, pico de gallo, and brown rice
- 3 eggs mixed with deli ham, 2 slices of 7 sprouts bread, half of an avocado mixed with pico de gallo.
- Teriyaki-grilled chicken, served with brown rice, avocado and freshly made sweet potato fries.
- Left over grilled chicken served with lettuce, avocado, feta cheese, choice of vinaigrette.
6. Everything in moderation
Everybody always starts eating healthy and immediately loses momentum because all they think about is everything they can't eat. I'm here to tell you that DOESN'T work and will cause you to break from your healthy lifestyle within days. If you are craving some sweets, eat some sweets. In moderation of course :) But the worst thing you could do is withhold yourself from what you enjoy most. Doing that basically sets you up for failure immediately. Find some healthy options for eating sweets (like dark chocolate) and give yourself one time each day to eat that said treat. It gives you something to look forward to! This was HUGE for me! It gave my body the satisfaction it needed but didn't make me feel like I had failed already. Allow yourself the break you need to succeed.
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