I’ve been on a health and weight loss journey for the past year. In that year I have lost over 30 lbs, gotten off Metformin, a diabetes medication, and gone from not being able to run a block without breaking out into a cold sweat to being able to run 4 miles with no adverse affects.
I have learned a few things along the way.
1. Be patient. This is probably the hardest lesson to learn. We all want instant results. But I didn’t gain the weight in a day or in a week and I won’t lose it that quickly either. Nor will you. There are many fad diets out there. Juice diets, shake diets intermittent fasting, etc. They almost always promise quick results. They almost always cost money and almost always are not worth it. They may help you lose weight initially but when you come off them if you go back to your old eating habits you’re just going to gain that weight back again. All I did was join a site called MyFitnessPal.com and log my calories. Every day. It sounds like a chore but in truth it just takes a few minutes a day. It keeps me accountable. I keep track of what I’m eating. More important, it works! And it doesn’t cost me a thing. It taught me so much about my eating habits and how to keep my eating under control.
2. A bad day shouldn’t derail you. We all have bad days where we just want to binge. If you have a day like that just pick yourself up, dust yourself down and start again tomorrow.
3. It’s all about calories. If you burn more calories than you eat you will lose weight. It’s pure science. If the weight isn’t coming off there may be a prevalent medical condition that is derailing you. If you aren’t losing weight but you’re convinced you’re doing everything right get yourself checked out by your doctor.
4. Weightloss is a simple process. But it isn’t easy. It takes determination. Discipline. Patience. Have I said that word already. You will learn. Patience is key. But if you want it badly enough you will achieve it.
5. Dieting is simple. Keeping the weight off is the challenge. This is the journey I’m about to embark on. I’ve lost the weight. I’m determined to keep it off. Never go back!
6. The most effective way to diet is not to go on a diet. Sound confusing? How many people do you know who go on a diet? Then come off the diet and go back to their old eating habits and wonder why they’re gaining weight again? If it’s your old eating habits that caused you to gain weight then of course you’ll regain the weight if you go back.
7. The scale can lie! When we want to lose weight we want to see the number on the scale drop like a stone! Sometimes we hit a plateau and the scale stubbornly refuses to budge. Don’t get disheartened and give up. Look for other signs of success. Look for NSV’s (non-scale victories). Even when the number doesn’t drop other things are happening. Maybe your clothes are fitting better. Or getting looser. Maybe your collar bones are starting to pop out, or your hip bones. Maybe you find yourself able to do things you couldn’t do before. Walk further or run without getting out of breath. These are all signs you are on the right track. Just keep doing everything right and the scale will start to drop again.
Through the past year I have learned a lot about myself. I have patience and if I want something bad enough I can achieve it. That’s very empowering.