There are two key elements to successful weight loss. Losing the weight and keeping it off. There are so many fad diets out there. There are juice / smoothie diets; there are expensive programs like Jenny Craig and Nutrisystem. All of them will probably help you lose the weight. Most of them will also probably lighten the load in your bank account, too.
But what about when you come off your diet? Will you just go back to your old eating habits? Isn’t that what led to your gaining weight in the first place? That’s the whole essence of yo-yo dieting. Making the same mistakes over and over until you (hopefully) finally learn.
It’s about a healthy lifestyle change. It’s about making healthy choices. It’s about portion control. It isn’t about denying yourself the sweet treats. It’s about limiting those treats until they are just that. Treats that you enjoy on occasion, not on a daily basis. If I want a donut, I’ll have a donut. I just haven’t wanted one for a long while because there are so many other nutritious choices out there that taste better and make me feel better.
It’s a funny thing about eating healthy: Your taste buds change. You find yourself craving the sugary snacks less. Sugar is an addiction. The more you distance yourself from it the less control it has over you. Good food, real food tastes so much better than sugary food does.
The better you eat, the better you feel.
If you think you are too old to start again or why bother, I say ‘you are too young not to start again’.
After struggling with my weight since I was a teenager and trying everything – Slimfast, Weight Watchers, going to the gym, I was a human yo-yo. I would lose a little and then gain more.
In July 2015, after watching my husband Dave lose weight, taking up running, joining My Fitness Pal and getting off his diabetes meds, I decided to join him on our health journey.
I joined MFP, joined and went to the gym regularly and watched what I ate and took my Peak Performance Packs of vitamins and supplements. In one year, I lost 75 lbs and went down 5 pant sizes! I feel great and have more energy!
The point I am trying to make is that it’s never too late! I started my health journey at the age of 47.
I am now 50 and feel and look better than I did at 30 and 40.
The journey never ends. Since I have been stuck at the same weight for a year, two weeks ago I started a 6 week plan to re start my metabolism and drastically reduce carbs and sugar. I can’t wait to weigh and measure myself tomorrow morning. I am feeling fabulous now!
***Edited on Friday, March 30th to add that in the last two weeks on my new weight loss plan, I lost a total of 4.2 lbs and a total of 8 1/4 inches! Yes, feeling like I am on fire!
Never quit. Whatever you have started, keep pushing forward.
If you stumble, catch your footing and keep going.
If you fall, pick yourself up and keep going.
If you have to crawl, keep going. Any progress, no matter how minimal, is better than just giving up.
You started this because you cared enough about yourself to get on this road. Now care enough about yourself to carry on the journey. No matter how arduous it becomes.
One day you will be so grateful to yourself that you didn’t stop.
Until you reach that day… Keep. Going.
I am living proof of this. I have been off the diabetes drug, Metformin, for almost 3 years now. All because I made simple lifestyle changes through a healthier diet and becoming more active.
So many common illnesses are connected to our modern lifestyle. High blood pressure, high cholesterol, heart disease, diabetes etc. Our bodies are designed to move.
With Big Pharma being so prolific on our televisions these days, it’s easy to think “I’ll just take a pill and everything will be ok.” But most medications are not meant to be taken over a long period of time and can end up doing more harm than good. Also, most medications are designed simply to treat the symptoms, not the cause. I’m not saying Big Pharma is never the answer. Some illnesses that are genetic can only be treated with drugs.
There are so many instances where living a healthier lifestyle can drastically improve and even reverse diseases.
I. Am. Living. Proof. Of. This.
If there is one thing that is holding you back from taking action to make your dreams a reality, what is it? Sometimes, it helps to write it down and then turn the negative tone of ‘I can’t do this’, (insert the word what you can’t do), into ‘I can do this and I will do it’, (again insert the word what you will do).
Watch the mind take over and boost your confidence and positive feelings. You will start to believe that you can and will do it. Then, the next step is to turn the word, ‘I will’, into ‘I am’ doing the thing that I thought I couldn’t do.
It is important to acknowledge the struggle by writing it down and talking out loud. It is also equally important to write down and talk outloud the ‘I am’ aspect of it too.
It really is all in the mind. Once you realize the importance and power your mind has, you can start to believe anything is possible and you can take action towards making your dream a reality. ❤
The beautiful thing about fitness is how good you feel about yourself on your journey. It’s not just about the better health you gain along the way. It’s the things you learn about yourself. Like you realize you are stronger than you ever imagined you could be. I just ran five miles. That’s something I could never have imagined doing two years ago. For some it might be just a short run. But for me it’s a reminder of how far I have come and that I can never go back to who I used to be. And nor will I ever want to.