Weight loss has a bad reputation these days.
Shows where people go through incredible weight loss over such a short amount of time make it look easy and ever lasting. What they don’t show is how those people who lose a lot of weight face an even harder battle trying to keep the weight off. Everywhere you look there’s temptation to slip back into old habits, skip workouts and put off the necessary habits to remain healthy and happy.
If you knew me 10 years ago I looked much different… like 130lbs heavier different.
I was incredibly motivated in my studies and business, but my health was seriously lacking. I reached my highest weight over the summer of 2006 and made a visit to the doctor. He told me I was at risk for diabetes and I remember feeling the final push I needed to make a big change in my life. The first 5 lbs I lost during week 1 of my lifelong journey were the best. Those 5 lbs were the validation that I COULD lose the weight. My body was more than willing to shed the this weight for good.
Fast forward to the present, and I’m still down all those pounds.
There are still struggles, but I’m excited to share the lasting lessons to keeping weight off wherever you are in your journey.
- Everyday is a new day: I used to beat myself up when I made mistakes. I sought perfection, and I came to realize that everyday is a new chance for opportunities to eat well and get exercise in.
- Who are you doing this for? Remember your purpose- weight loss is about YOUR health. No one else’s.
- Diversify your healthy choices: Changing your workout routine, and foods that you eat keeps your health in the forefront of your mind, and helps empower you when faced with constant temptation.
- Goal setting: I keep a goal of what I want to achieve in the week or month, and sometimes it takes me awhile to hit that goal, but it’s there, and I use that to keep me walking and lifting weights.
- Feel strong: Lifting weights became the most empowering activity for me. I overcame the comparison paralysis at the gym by doing my own research and hiring a professional to help me understand what exercises were worth my time, and what things could be left out.
- Meal prep: It may seem like the newest craze, but it’s my secret for how I controlled my portions for many years. I do the measuring and planning to automat my health and keep myself on track.
- Rewards: I reward myself every time I achieve a goal, on or off the scale with a bag, massage, or even travel to a new destination. Weight loss is the journey not the destination (that’s your health!), so remember to keep living during this special time.
- Adopt an array of new empowering beliefs about yourself and what you’re capable of. I used to keep a piece of paper with a simple quote on my ceiling, so when I woke up that was the first thing I saw. Some people create vision boards, or follow success online through major social media outlets.
No matter where you are in your journey, your health is the greater joy you are seeking, and the everlasting gift to those who love you and want you around as long as possible!