Guys, guess what? Over the past two weeks, I’ve lost ten pounds!
This is something that I am super super proud of mainly because I was starting to believe that I would be stuck in this unhappy rut forever. It really is true that unless you’re really willing to work for it, you won’t stick to it. You have to really believe you can do it, and not just speak about it.
I am absolutely, 100% not an expert at all. But, I wanted to be able to share a few tips that have really helped me stick to my weight loss plan. They’re easy, simple, and definitely doable for even the busiest of people :)
1. Have a plan. When I first started to get into the mindset of “okay, this is REALLY it. I am going to lose weight. No more excuses.”, I sat down, and wrote out a few “rules” that I wanted to be able to follow including:
*One gallon of water a day
*No fast food
*No fried food
Those are just a few, (and some are pretty obvious) but at the bottom, I put an end-date to my plan. September 7th. I want to be 15 pounds lighter by my first wedding anniversary. I’m so close, and so proud of myself!
2. A gallon of water a day. I’ll be honest, I don’t always hit that mark, but, I drink as much water as I possibly can. A little tip in a tip? Buy a cute cup. I have this one from Starbucks that I really love, and for some reason it makes it easier to chug all that water. Also make sure you know how many ounces are in said cute cup and then figure out how many cups you need to drink to hit the gallon mark. With my cup, I have to drink 5 of them a day!
3. Don’t keep unhealthy food in the house. It was always so hard for me to stick to eating healthy because we’d have ice cream in the fridge, or cookies/chips/all the unhealthy things in the cabinet. One morning, I cleaned out my fridge and now when I’m hungry and want a snack, I have no choice but to eat some fruit!
Which brings me to….
4. Only healthy snacks. I am a huge snacker. A huge, unhealthy snacker. Pretzels, chips, a PB&J…all were my go-tos. Now, if I want to snack, I’ve made it a rule that I can only have some fruit, vegetables, or low fat string cheese.
5. DO NOT DEPRIVE YOURSELF. This is my favorite one. I used to TORTURE myself. “I can’t have a piece of cake, I can’t have chocolate, I can’t have french fries.” I found myself wanting that stuff so bad that I’d eventually give in, and over-eat. This time around, if I have a taste for french fries? I literally have two or three and then I’m fine. Craving satisfied, over-eating averted. Done and done. Oh and one more thing- We’re big turkey taco eaters around here. Which usually includes a starch of some sort. I eat one tortilla or tostada and then if I’m still hungry, I only eat the meat. Not depriving myself of things I want has definitely been key to sticking to my goals this time around.
6. 30 minutes of exercise a day. It has been SO BEAUTIFUL out these past few weeks. We have been going on family bike rides like it’s our job. 98% of the time we are out for way longer than a half hour, but if we don’t have much time then we go for exactly half an hour and then come home to go do whatever it is we have to do. Just the other night we rode for 8 and a half miles around our town and we couldn’t even believe we rode that long. I had myself convinced that I’d only be able to lose weight if I became a runner, but I truly hate running. Instead, I found something that I love (my love of bike riding I definitely owe to my grandfather who ALWAYS took us out on bike rides when we were younger.) and that the rest of the family loves too, and we actually have fun! Who knew? ;)
7. Find healthier versions of the food and drinks you love! Dominic and I are big Starbucks drinkers. While we’re trying to cut out the cost of going to coffee shops all the time in an effort to save money, we still like to treat ourselves every now and then. I usually get a white chocolate mocha(470 cal.) or a chai tea latte (240 cal.), grande. Now, I order either of those in a tall, and make it non-fat, no whipped cream. (270 cal./160 cal.) Super quick way to cut down calories. And my favorite food? Pizza. I love me some pizza. If I really have a taste for it, I make it this way instead and then I don’t feel so guilty. (PS: A favorite skinny dessert.)
8. Don’t be so hard on yourself. If you have a bad day, and you find yourself indulging in an entire candy bar, or an entire order of french fries? Don’t beat yourself up over it. Do your daily exercise, and try again tomorrow. If you make yourself believe that you’re a failure over one bad day, chances are you’ll probably be so hard on yourself that you’ll give up and give in the next day, too.
9. Technology is a great tool. Dominic and I both have Fitbits. And we love them. They track our steps, our calories burned and our favorite part? They sync with apps on our phones. I use my Fitbit app, as well as my MyFitnessPal app every day. And just the other day I downloaded an app called Map My Ride and I love it. It tracks the entire trail that you ride, how long you ride, what speed you ride at, and how many calories you burned on that ride. Most importantly? All three apps sync together, and I love that. I am definitely a visual person, I like to be able to see that I’ve burned X amount of calories every day, or how many miles we’ve ridden on our bikes! Yay technology!
10. Having a person is a great tool, too. Dominic is obviously the person I see the most, so he’s gotta be the one that keeps me in check. And he does. He wants me to hit my goals as much as I do (and vice versa), and
And above all, Have a positive mindset. It’s simple- If you set yourself up for success, you will be successful. I told myself, “I WILL be 15 pounds lighter by our anniversary.” If you truly believe that you can do it, you will.
I really thought that cutting out all the sweets, bread and even fast food was gonna kill me. But I honestly don’t even miss it! I feel so good, and that definitely outweighs eating a bunch of garbage all the time. I’ve also learned to not award my weight loss with treats. (a #11, maybe?) If I weigh myself and see a pound or two gone, I shouldn’t treat myself with a piece of cake, it kind of defeats the purpose of all that hard work! Instead, I think of how much I’d much rather use the money that I would on cake and save to get a smaller pant size instead ;)
I hope these tips/tricks help you the way they’ve helped me!