Time to take control! I’m there. After three kids and 120 pounds gained and lost (probably more but HONESTLY I don’t want to think about it), I am almost back to where I want to be. I’ve been focusing on my health lately — > it’s been long overdue. Making doctor’s appointments left and RIGHT.
I mean – ask me the last time I went to the dentist? ASK ME! 7 years ago!!!! Why? Because I’m a mom and I don’t have time for my teeth. How pathetic, right? Well, no more!
I had an epiphany a few weeks ago that I matter and so do you. It’s time to look ourselves in the mirror and get a little selfish. Take care of what is ours… and no, I’m not talking about our family and our husband and our house and our job and our … “insert whatever your want is here“. I’m talking about US.
So, health-wise, I’ve got a lot under control. Thyroid appointments are scheduled, allergy issues are under control (bye bye wine and salami and… preservatives WAHHH). Hello au’ natural!
Next up – my weight.
I’ve gotten into a few pre-pregnancy sized dresses this month and it has been such a rush! I am almost THERE PEOPLE!! I know what I have to do to finish this journey.
So, here are the tips that I am going to follow. They work. How do I know they work? Because they’ve worked on me and I am the most stubborn / hard-headed person on the planet. I want the brownies and the ice cream and the late night snacks. I want to order the soda when I go out to eat at a restaurant. I like to indulge. I am an eater!! So, if I can do this – so can you.
1. Start with Water: This sucks. At least for me it does. Get rid of all the drinks that you are sipping on all day and just stick to water or water with lemon. I allow myself one black tea with lemonade that I make at home in the morning because I can control the amount of lemonade I put in. A SPLASH of lemonade – just enough to make the tea slightly sweet. Drinks are your enemy. If you drink coffee, drink it black. This is it folks. Right here. A HUGE portion of your weight is linked to juice, soda, wine, sugar in tea/coffee etc. I know you don’t want to hear it. Heck, I don’t want to hear it… but it’s true. I went to Weight Watchers right after having my third baby and I found out that my Starbucks drink was an insane amount of points (I get a trenta black tea lemonade). I almost cried. I thought I was making a healthy choice. Almost half my daily points were being wasted on my drinks. Ridiculous. Cut it out and suck it up.
Besides, water fills you up. So, if you keep drinking water then you won’t want to eat as much. A lot of times, your hunger sensations are really just your body’s way of saying it feels dehydrated. My mother used to always tell me to drink a glass of water and then come back and let her know if I was still hungry as a child. Most times, I wasn’t hungry after I did just that!
2. Never Two In A Row: Make this rule your habit — don’t have two carb-loaded meals in a row. So, for example, let’s say you have english muffins for breakfast. Fine. But for lunch, you need to opt for some protein and veggies. You cannot then have a slice of pizza. Eating is all about maintaining balance. I CANNOT count points or calories or fat or … anything. But I do understand balance. You need to make sure you are getting enough veggies and fruits and protein in your diet each day. So, if you end up having that slice of pizza for dinner, then be sure you eat accordingly leading up to that meal.
Balance your day.
This also goes for parties. If you know you are going to have dessert later on in the evening, then you should try to eat as best as possible throughout that day. It all adds up! So, if you are going to throw in a huge number at the end of your day – be sure to have a light breakfast and lunch. You can still have the dessert, but balance the rest of your intake.
3. Get the word DIET out of your vocabulary. I hate that word. My daughter knows to never ever say that word. There is no dieting in my house. It is ugly and it means there is an end. There is no end to healthy eating. You are not on a diet. This is not a quick fix. This is a life long change. You are reading this post and you are committing to a change. Do not look at these changes as something that will stop when the season ends. If you do, then you will fail. Period. You are choosing to live a healthy life… forever. So, from this moment – shake off the concept of “diet”.
4. Get friendly with YouTube: Ok people. Here’s a great trick and it is free. There are a MILLION workout videos on YouTube and they cover every type of exercise under the sun. If you have 20 minutes in the morning before the kids wake up, or before you have to get to work/school etc, USE IT. Most don’t require any equipment. Move a little in front of your computer when no one is looking. There is no one you are competing against. This is for YOU. The trick with working out is variety. You can’t stick to one workout over and over again. Your body and your muscles will get used to the patterns and you will no longer benefit from the motions. So, in order to continuously see progress, you must change it up! In other words, have fun. 🙂
5. Black tea instead of oil: I don’t know how I figured this out but it works. Maybe I ran out of oil one day and grabbed what I had on hand! LOL! Oil is good fat and of course we need some in our diet. But when we are cooking, we have to be careful about how MUCH oil we put in the pan. I found that if I put one tablespoon to start the pan going and then continue to cook using black tea it works great without adding in all that extra FAT that used to sneak in when I would cook my grilled chicken before. Those extra spoonfuls of oil add up – believe it!
6. Stop saying tomorrow: This one is really important. We all cave, right? I did it yesterday. It was Father’s Day and I had a great big piece of Strawberry Shortcake. My goodness it was delicious. I didn’t have a second piece though! Even though I wanted one SO BADLY – OH HOW I WANTED ONE SO BADLY!! I didn’t go there. I had my piece of cake and ended it there. I could have said, “I will start again tomorrow” and snagged that second piece but I didn’t. I realized that my huge piece was enough and shook it off and got back to business right then and there. “TOMORROW” is dangerous. “TOMORROW” is a slippery slope. When we start using that word, all other things begin to happen. Then the pieces of chocolate come out and a glass of soda and then coffee with cream. Come ON! No good. Once you splurge – because at times we will all splurge – you end it and get back on track immediately. There are no free passes.
7. Dance In Between Commercials: If you don’t want to dance then do jumping jacks or leg lifts or planks – do whatever you want. The point is to MOVE. I did this when I was attempting to lose weight after baby number 1 and 2 and it WORKS trust me!! I didn’t use my DVR. I let the commercials roll like it was live tv (ugh… live tv) and I used those 2 minutes to shake my tail feathers. I looked crazy I am sure but it was worth it. Sometimes, I would just try to do planks. ANYTHING GOES. You know you watch 1-2 hours a night of TV. Thats’ a good 20 minutes of exercise time.
8. Find support: If you don’t have a friend in real life that is also interested in starting a healthier lifestyle, get on a forum and make some digital friends. There is SUPPORT. There are people who need to listen and to talk about their struggles as well. Dive in – feet first and remember that you are not alone in this. We are all not lucky enough to have inner circles that fulfill our every need and that’s ok. Thank goodness for the Internet, right?
And a friendly note:
Don’t weigh yourself everyday. And please stay positive: Because this is a life decision, we aren’t doing anything DRASTIC. I’m not telling you to cut your calorie count down to 1000 a day or to give up carbs as a whole. I’m telling you to make LIFE changes. This will take time. Please don’t weight yourself every single day. Don’t make it about that in the beginning. You will see a difference. It will happen. Movement, limiting your sugary drink intake, watching what you eat and how you cook — it all matter. Your attitude really matters as well. Keep positive. Keep smiling. And know that the change will come.
What are some of your weight loss tips? Would love to hear them!