Back On The Weight Loss Wagon

Back On The Weight Loss Wagon

Weight Loss- An issue a lot of us struggle with during out lifetime. A journey I personally have been on for a lifetime. I have tried every diet, pill or drink that is supposed to magically help you lose the weight you want, but a few years ago I figured out the real secret to getting the results you want. I made a lifestyle change 3 years ago in preparation for 2 huge vacations I was going on the summer of the next year, I decided I was going to take the time and do it the right way and see if I can get to my goal. Low and behold by the time of my first vacation I was 6  pounds away from my goal weight which had me down a whopping 70 pounds from when I began. The only problem was after my vacations were over I didn't stick to my regimen and let things slide. Flash forward to today and I am still down 30 pounds from when I first started this new journey back in 2011 but I have gained back all the extra weight. Which brings me to this blog, I figured I would share my journey and the things that helped me reach such success before as I have begun the journey yet again and this time I'm doing it for me, not for a vacation. :) Time to stick with it and keep it this time.

First things first, diet! What you put in your mouth matters most in this process. I count calories religiously with an app called My Fitness Pal. It gives you the amount of calories you should intake a day and allows you to input everything you eat while it keeps track of it all.It breaks down your daily amount of sugars, proteins, fiber, everything which is so nice so you can evaluate the foods your eating as well and see which nutrition's you aren't getting enough of or ones you may be overdoing. It's so important to track and know what your putting in your mouth when you're trying to lose weight. Lucky for me, I love to cook, so when I started this thing I was able to remake a lot of my favorite foods into great low calorie meals. Websites like Skinnytaste and some other became a great help as well. I stick to a low calorie diet for the most part but don't deprive myself from carbs and dairy like a lot of people do. I love carbs and I love dairy and I feel like if I were to cut those out completely I would just want them more. Now with that being said, I definitely don't over indulge in those food groups, but I incorporate those with my proteins, fruits and veggies which I try and focus the most on. I try and use fresh fruits and veggies when making things instead of buying things that may be frozen or boxed. It takes a little longer when prepping but it's so worth it.

Once I have my diet and eating habits down pat (which is how I lost the bulk of my weight the first time around) I add in exercise. I try and focus on cardio the most but strength training is equally as important, working out 5-6 times a week for ATLEAST 30 minutes. I hate running so I turn to the elliptical and also try and switch my workouts up with hiking and swimming as well. Now that the weather is gorgeous here in Arizona, it's a great time to hike, so I try and get out on a mountain atleast once a week. I was a swimmer for about 14 years growing up so getting the chance to get a workout in the pool, I'll take it. I'm also a fan of Yoga, hot yoga to be specific and look for new different classes to switch up my workouts as well.

Don't deprive yourself. I am all about sticking to routine when you are getting the hang of everything but remember not to deprive yourself. I try and allow myself one cheat day a week, or more so cheat meal, while still trying to make better decisions than I would in the past. I have some pretty bad chocolate cravings from time to time so finding different alternatives that can curb that craving is something I love to do, but all in all if you want a bite of that cheesecake, or have a burger and beer do it, don't regret not eating something you wanted because I feel like the craving becomes that much bigger which can lead to completely going off track and even a binge.

Make sure you have support and motivation. Share your journey and your goals with the people around you so they can support your changes. I don't know one person who would look down upon someone trying to make a change for the better in their lives. I have an incredible support system around me so it makes it that much easier to not get off track. Find your motivation, whether it be a vacation you are planning, a dress you want to fit into or like me this time around, for the success and results you know you can reach because they have been in front of you before. Never forget that motivation because that's what keeps you going everyday. These changes don't happen over night, this takes patience and knowing what you're working for is important.

And those my friends are the tips to success that I experienced my first time around on this road. Now it's time to get back on it and reach those goals! Remember this isn't an overnight deal, this is a healthy and normal way of losing weight and makes it easier for you to keep it off in the long run. I promise you, it's worth the wait! :)

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