Today I started to reflect on where I was last year at this time. Last year, around this time, I was 253 pounds. I hated what I saw in the mirror. I was ashamed at how much weight I had gained. I was always tired, and to make things even worse I had many weight loss failures under my belt.
If we fast forward to today: I have lost 34.6 pounds, I have a lot more energy from day to day, and I have really started to love the woman staring back at me in the mirror.
Mindset Is Everything…
When I really sit back and think about what truly separates where I am now from where I used to be, it really boils down to one thing…my mindset! I used to have an all or nothing mindset. I would go on fad diets because I wanted to lose weight FAST. I was so short-sighted, and because of that the same thing would happen over and over again: I would lose some weight and then gain it all back just as fast as I had lost it.
The Decision I Made That Changed My Life…
Last March I made the decision to give up dieting and truly get healthy. Along with giving up dieting I also gave up my all or nothing mindset. I truly believed that if I made small changes and stuck to them, over time I would start to see changes in my body. I realized that small changes done consistently is what would make the real difference. This conviction changed my life.
If you are at the beginning of your journey and you feel like you just don’t know where to start, I am writing this post for you. I wanted to share with you some things that I started doing ten months ago, that has helped me to change my lifestyle and lose weight in a healthy way. All the things that I will tell you today are simple, but if you do them consistently, I am confident that you will lose weight and begin to live a healthier lifestyle that has you feeling great day to day!
Things That I Started Implementing Daily That Have Changed My Life
#1: Started drinking more water
Instead of drinking juices and soda I decided to set a goal to drink at least 64 ounces of water a day. It was hard at first, but it got easier over time. I found that flavoring my water made it much easier to drink. If you struggle with drinking plain water check out the post How To Make Infused Water: 2 Amazing Fruit Infused Water Recipes.
#2: Started moving more
I made a goal to move my body more. Walking was a non-intimidating way for me to start exercising. If I would have told myself that I had to go to the gym, I probably would have gotten overwhelmed and done nothing.
- I started walking in my neighborhood daily
- I started parking farther when I drove places
- Some days I would walk in place during commercial breaks of my favorite shows
To this day, I have not incorporated any exercise other than walking. It has been an effective way for me to begin exercising.
#3: Started portion controlling my food
In the beginning, I knew I was eating way more than I should have been, but I did not know the right amount of food that I was supposed to eat. When I first started my journey, I decided to make one simple change: I switched my plates at home from 12-inch plates to 10-inch plates. This was a change that helped me to start eating less without even thinking about it. If you would like more specifics on how I started portion controlling my food, you may find my post How I Used Portion Control to Lose 34 Pounds Without Dieting helpful.
Starting a weight loss journey may seem overwhelming, but I’m convinced that it does not have to be. The tips that I shared today are so simple that you may think that they are not worth trying. I can assure you though, as simple as they may sound, they make the world of a difference when you are trying to change your lifestyle.
I hope you found some value in this post and if you are looking for more tips on starting your weight loss journey, you can check out my post How To Set Goals That You Can Actually Stick To. I wish great success for you as you start your journey!! So happy that you stopped by today. Have a great rest of your week!
PAST WEIGHT LOSS NUMBERS:
Starting Weight: 253
Week 1 Weigh-In: 230.0
Week 2 Weigh-In: 227.6
Week 3 Weigh-In: 226.2
Week 4 Weigh-In: 227.0
Week 5 Weigh-In: 224.2
Week 6 Weigh-In: 223.8
Week 7 Weigh-In: 223.0
Week 8 Weigh-In: 221.8
Week 9 Weigh-In: 220.2
Week 10 Weigh-In: 219.0
Week 11 Weigh-In: 220.0
Week 12 Weigh-In: 220.2
Week 13 Weigh-In: 220.4
Week 14 Weigh-In: 219.8
Week 15 Weigh-In: 217.8
Week 16 Weigh-In: 218.4
Weight Lost Since Last Week: +.6 lbs
Total Weight Lost: -34.6 lbs
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