Let’s Chat About Weight Loss
April 19, 2015
For those of you who see my regularly, you know I’ve been struggling with my weight more than usual lately. I should apologize to those of you who I’ve complained to, because it generally makes me crazy to hear others complain about their weight and weight loss efforts. That being said, let me share a couple of my personal weight stats (and I’m so not telling you my current weight)! My weight has fluctuated over the years, but I currently weigh more than I have in over 12 years. I am 30 pounds heavier than 6 years ago, and 10 pounds heavier than 3 months ago. Clearly I need to rein things in!
As I get older, it gets more difficult to lose weight (all of those things they tell you about weight loss and turning 3o and weight loss and turning 40 are totally true)! However, I know that in my case, I just have not been making the best choices, and I’m hoping this post will help me to get into a better mindset about all of it. I never go on a “diet”, I prefer to think about making lifestyle changes…..really the only way to keep weight off is to make changes to how you eat on a more permanent basis. Here is my plan of attack:
- Cut back on the amount I’m eating in general, and select better, whole foods overall. I’ve read countless books on weight loss and eating plans over the years (no seriously….so many freaking books). The two books that I have found most helpful and most productive in terms of helping me find an eating plan that works for me (and it is so important to find the plan that works for you…..everyone is different and there is no one solution that is the right one for every person) are S.A.S.S. Yourself Slim: Conquer Cravings, Drop Pounds, and Lose Inches by Cynthia Sass and Slim for Life by Jillian Michaels (this is the only Jillian Michaels book on food that I like).
- Cut back on alcohol. I do love red wine (and margaritas and Not Your Father’s Root Beer), but I need to limit myself to 1-2 drinks when out with friends.
- Drink more water. When I get in the habit, I’m pretty good with this one, particularly when I’m at work. I struggle more at home, and I just need to be more consistent across the board.
- Get more active. Being more active is far easier for me in the warmer months because I do enjoy biking, hiking, and tennis (though it is often hard to find someone to play tennis with). In terms of workout DVD’s for cold or rainy days, I have found that anything Jillian Michaels is awesome (she always has such a nice mix of cardio and weights). I also enjoy the barre 3 workouts. Yoga is also a favorite of mine, but I have yet to find a good DVD to use at home and usually need to go somewhere for a class if I want a good session.
- Be more positive with myself. I really have been trying to focus on not saying anything to myself that I wouldn’t say to someone else. It’s amazing what people are willing to say to themselves and how we so readily beat ourselves up when it is completely unproductive and completely unwarranted. I’m sticking to positive self talk and complimenting myself more on this journey.
- Stay motivated. I plan to invite friends to hike or bike with me. I want to surround myself with people who are positive about their weight loss efforts instead of those who are constantly critical.
I am very realistic in my weight loss efforts, and I know that it will take several months to take the weight off, but I vow to stay patient. I plan to check in with you all over the next few months as a way to keep me on track. Feel free to check in with me in return, and together we can boost one another in a positive way!
What tips do you recommend for weight loss? What do you do to stay motivated on your journey?