The one thing that most people want to do is lose weight. Since it is the New Year, I am going to be writing a few blog posts to give you an idea what I have done to lose that 60 pounds. It took a lot of hard work and when I look back at what I have done for myself, not only do I feel better, I believe in my own self and I love how I have changed. I am happy being me. You would never guess its mean at first until you take a second look and I love how people do that because you just have to pay attention... :)
So my first tip I am going to share with you today is Commitment! Yes, I am sure there are people that grunt at that word but its totally true. When I say the word commitment its not just about doing what you need to do to eat right, and exercise because none of that matters until you decide that you want to make that change forever. That's right, its about doing this as a life style change. No matter what happens in your life, you have to keep at it and find a new way to a healthier you. Without you wanting to keep at it for life there is no point in even trying to start. I have been there myself where I decided I was going to lose weight for years and every time I tried I would do it for a bit then get off track and gain it all back and then some lol. But all those times, I did that I got bigger and realized I didnt want to change myself yet. So I have to take full responsibility for my actions because its my responsibility how I take care of myself and what I decide to with my body.
No more excuses. We know how we make excuses all the time. I know I did... many times for many years and it got me nowhere. Things like its too hard or I cant because I have this to do and I have do that... it doesnt work when we are looking for an excuse to get off track. It very easy to get off track when we first trying be healthier. So it's important to make sure when you start making excuses that you need to remind yourself you are doing all this healthy stuff to have a healthier life style.
To really show you how serious I was, I started my working out and dieting in July 2011 and to be honest, I wasn't losing all that weight in July it looked like I barely lost anything, even 10 pounds was hard in the first month. I actually didnt hit my goal and I was disappointed. So when August came around I had to ask a friend of mine what I need to do... and her advice was the best advice given to me and that was take it slow and do what I can handle. Don't kill myself and try to push too hard in diet and exercise. I have learned that my body just adjust in a few weeks it takes time. So instead of rushing myself in losing weight I took the steps to learn how be healthier first! Without doing this part, its hard to get anything else going in weight loss.
When the end September rolled in I was just happy I lost 8 pounds. That was the first time I saw results that year and I knew I had something that was working for me which I could manage. But Then when October came I lost another 8 lbs and that month my mom told me I was beautiful and she knew in her heart I would reach my goal in losing weight... I talked about how we were going to go shopping together once I shed a few more pounds and she was happy. But guess what? My mom passed away on Oct 30 and of course I was really a mess. I was telling myself ok I need a break, my mom just passed. But then I realized I was making excuses for myself. So I remember my commitment to myself once again. This time I had set a date when I was getting back on track and I did just that. I stuck to it. Any time I get off track from my routine of working out and eating right I would say to myself, I would pick a date get back on track.
As you can see life will always throw us curve balls no matter what. Even with a family death, I didnt stop taking care of myself. I might have a few breaks here and there but I always reminded myself I need to take good care of me so I feel good about who I am. It really does pay off in the end if you are really ready to make that life style change for the better.