Anyone who has ever been overweight has probably tried to find the secret to successful weight loss. We all want to know if there is a magic pill, a magic diet, or a magic exercise program that will transform us into the slim people that we would like to be. I had tried many of those "magic pills" only to find out they did nothing (positive) for me. Hey, you can't blame a girl for trying!
But the magic didn't happen until I accepted the fact that there was no magic to be found. I could keep trying pills, I could keep trying workout programs that weren't designed for someone who was obese and feel like a failure because I couldn't keep up. I could keep trying programs that may have worked for others but weren't something I could stick with long term. I could lose weight on a program only to find it again once the program was complete. Not only did I accept the fact that there was no magic to be found, but I learned that I had to find my own way. Everyone is different, and one persons plan may not work for you. So if I had to give you 1, super important piece of advice when it comes to losing weight it would be:
I wish someone had told me that years ago! I was too busy trying everyone else's "sure fire way to lose weight" (and failing miserably), that I never ventured out to see what works for me! You may have to try different things and fail at a few until you find what works, but when you find it you will know. If you find something you can live with, then this journey won't feel like torture. This journey is hard enough on it's own, without making things even more complicated. If you hate to go to the gym, don't go to the gym! Find exercises outdoors or in your own home that you enjoy and it will make exercise much less of a chore. If you like something, you will keep doing it, if you absolutely dread it everyday it will be that much harder to keep up with. Can you do something you can't stand and force yourself to do it? Absolutely, but it's much easier to do something you enjoy. :)
So find "your thing" and do it! Don't worry about what anyone else might think, or what someone else thinks you should be doing! Get out there, experiment, and do what works for you. I will share with you what works for me, but as I keep saying, what is right for me may not be right for you.
I track all of my food, I even weigh out my portions with a food scale.
I walk everyday... I love to walk, especially with Sparky.
I drink my water, and I try to get in as much sleep as I can.
I log into Spark People everyday (almost) and I interact with my awesome Spark friends. It helps keep me accountable and the encouragement is amazing.
The good news is, I enjoy walking, I enjoy Spark people, I like drinking water and I LOVE sleep! So all of that comes fairly easily to me. The only problem is that I LOVE food. Delicious, high calorie, fattening food. Unfortunately for me, the biggest piece of the weight loss puzzle is nutrition. I do my very best to eat things in moderation, and to not go overboard. I don't eliminate foods because it makes me crave them more... I have a couple "trigger foods" that had to be eliminated because a taste or a serving was not enough for me... But other than that I can say I enjoy most foods in moderation. No one is perfect and we all fall down from time to time, but as long as we get back up and keep pushing we can get to where we want to go.
I invite you to find "your way" of losing weight and rock it the best way you know how! If you have already found it then
, that is half the battle! This journey is your journey and no one else's, and don't let anyone ever tell you that their way is the right way!
^"Success isn't always about greatness. It's about consistency. Consistency, hard work gains success, greatness will come."