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UPDATE: I’ve lost 25 pounds so far! Click here to read about my progress!
I don’t think of myself as a ‘fat person.’ I tend to blame my weight on other things or people: my husband worked at McDonald’s when we first met, so we ate a lot of it; my metabolism slowed down after baby; my health problems have kept me from exercising consistently. More like fat just happened to me.
I know, cognitively, that this isn’t true! That we’re all responsible for our own choices. That blaming my weight on others is not healthy. But changing the way I’ve thought for years is no easy task.
So my journey to lose weight and find health is not only about physical changes. It’s about owning my choices, past and present, and rewiring my brain. How overwhelming!
I like to break big things down into small steps, to make them feel like less of an impossibility. And what seems more impossible than losing 100 pounds! Here are the steps I’ll be using on my weight loss journey!
Consistently Track My Food
I need to just get in the habit of writing down what I eat, not estimating or toying with the amounts, whether it’s a good day or a bad one. I chose the Lose It! app and paid for the premium membership, to better track my nutrients. Paying for the membership is my motivation to keep going all year! I can’t even remember how many times I’ve started logging my food on an app or in a food journal and given up within a week.
Identify What’s Not Working
With my digestive issues, I need to be careful about how many grams of fat I eat, at each meal and total for the day. I know that I eat too many calories and way too much sodium. But I also know that trying to keep myself on a ‘perfect’ diet has never worked! And it probably never will. I’ve always thought that I do better on a strict diet plan, but that obviously isn’t true. Otherwise I wouldn’t be writing this post!
I’ll also keep track (in my Lose It! app) of how I’m feeling, both physically and emotionally. I think having these notes over time will help me see what foods and mindsets are helping and which are hurting. And I already know that a certain time of the month makes my eating habits take a turn for the worse! Identifying that before or as it’s happening might help me feel more in control of my cravings.
Make Small Changes
I can use a little less salt when I cook, eat out less (this is a big one!), and find new ways to prepare foods I love with less fat. I’m also aiming to consistently get more steps and active minutes on my Fitbit Charge (I love how it reminds me to move every hour and celebrates when I meet my step goals! I’ve had my Fitbit for over a year and I love its fun little ‘personality’ that makes me feel good about my progress). This is the step that will take the longest! I know I’ll need to continue making small changes throughout my journey to keep the scale moving down. ‘Small’ is the keyword here! Doing a diet overhaul is just not sustainable for me right now.
I also need to change my habits. I tend to sit a lot, whether I’m watching TV, playing with Emma on the ground, or eating! I can work on changing my morning, afternoon, and bedtime routines to include more activity and less time for sitting around. I also need to schedule in the time to get in those extra steps and active minutes. Sticking to my cleaning routine every day should really help with that!
Check In Often
I plan to write a post with every 25 lbs lost, to see what is still working and what isn’t (here’s my first progress post!). It’s so important to keep checking in for accountability! I’ll also update my husband and family members. They are so supportive, and I’m so lucky to have them! No matter what happens this year, I’ll need their support and accountability to keep going. I don’t want to let life’s obstacles stop me anymore!
Celebrate Every Weight Loss Victory!
Even if I don’t lose two pounds a week, as long as I am eating healthier I should see some progress. No pain or attacks counts as progress! So do my clothes feeling looser, face looking less puffy, sleeping better… Those little victories are my antidote to becoming overwhelmed.
For the big victories, I have a lot of fun planned! I made a list on my phone of what I’m going to buy when I have lost all the weight. That’s a lot of fun to work on and imagine! Maybe we’ll even go on a vacation to somewhere warm. You know, when I’m not worried about sweating the whole time!
I’m not letting my weight hold me back anymore!
This whole weight loss journey is about becoming who I really feel like I am on the inside. But my weight has kept me from believing in myself, being confident in my skills, and being willing to take risks. I’ve known that I wanted to have a blog and share my life with the world for a while now. But knowing that I’m not a healthy weight has held me back. Now that I’m a mom, and my daughter is starting to get older, I want to be a good example and show her that we can do anything we put our minds to!
I’m now offering life coaching! I’m so excited to help you with your own weight loss journey, get more out of your time, and finally change your life for good. I’m doing it – so can you! Check out my coaching page and let’s chat!
Do you have a lot of weight to lose, too? I hope you found some motivation and inspiration here! I’d love to hear your story. Write a comment below!
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