It’s daylight savings time, we got more sunlight. Spring break is here. The pressure to be summertime fine after all that beautiful, winter hibernation done increase. It’s too much! You just wanna be a dime. Key #1. Hunny, you’ve been a dime! Been popping, been amazin, Periodt!! But I understand wanting more and wanting to improve. Follow Victoria's journey and keys to losing 50 lbs and counting below.
Journey Start Date: January 10, 2018
Weight Lost: 49.2 lbs
Favorite Quote: “I’m not perfect, so my journey will not be.”
Plan of Attack: Clean eating (fruit, vegetables, lean meats, with a weekly “indulgent meal” that I added in once I could handle it). I use WW (formerly Weight Watchers) to track my meals. In regards to my physical activity, I am a “gym person” with a strong affinity for the Stairmaster, so I try to make it there 2-3 times per week.
I was not being honest with myself about my relationship with food. In the past, I was using food as a crutch to deal with my problems, rewarding the tumultuous moments in my life with food that I knew was unhealthy for me. Another mistake I made was trying to complicate my journey with elaborate workouts and food choices that caused more stress than any weight loss I thought I was going have. The recipe is simple: change your eating and incorporate physical activity. The incorporation is the difficult part, at least it was for me. That was my own emotional battle I was fighting with myself. But fortunately, I realized later on in my journey that “healthy living” can look like a lot of different things and work for me. Figure out what that looks like for you.
As a part of my program, I was to weigh in weekly, and it became something with which I had a love-hate relationship. I loved seeing my progress, especially breaking a new “decade,” but I also valued seeing plateaus and gains because it was these moments that strengthened my faith in the process. In the past, a plateau would have been enough for me to undo all of my progress, but now, I can handle a setback responsibly and continue on my journey. I just had to adjust my goals accordingly.
Keep it simple. When you try to overcomplicate your journey, you make it that more difficult to keep it going. Make it sustainable for you and do not feel obligated to do anything a certain type of way to achieve success. I eat mostly everything I want, just cleaner. I cook all of my food, add in more fruits and veggies and reward myself when I know I can handle a cheat day. It took me a while to be disciplined with cheat day so be honest with yourself especially at the beginning of your journey.
Be open to try new things, but stay true to who you are. Also, be resigned in the fact that your road to your “goal weight” is a process that will take a while. The thing I did that contributed to my success was not putting a time limit on losing a certain amount of weight. Setting hard limits like this can make you feel defeated if you don’t reach them, rather than you consistently congratulating yourself on your victories, no matter how small. My final piece of advice is for you to relax because I know y’all are stressed! Losing weight can be a daunting task, but if you want it bad enough you can do it.
You got this fam! You can do it! One day at a time!