So here is what I’ve learned so far on my weight loss journey.
#1. Diet really matters. All the experts and everything that I consulted said that diet is at least 50% (but more 75 or 80%) of the weight loss battle. I started eating more fruits and veggies (which are worth 0 points on the plan). I replaced potato chips with raw cut green, red, and orange peppers (I love the crunch). I started eating veggies and fruit for breakfast and snacks. I stopped eating after a certain time (9 p.m.) where before I was truly a “midnight snacker.”
I have been going WAY over my daily point allowance… which means I have to figure out how to have healthier meals and how to control my portions. A part of the problem is because my family is so busy, we go out to eat A LOT. So I’m working on making better choices when I do go out.
#2. Consistency is key. For 5 days, I worked out for one hour each, walking 2 miles each day. The thing about exercise is that you can’t think about it, you just have to do it. My inspiration quote for January was, “Those who think they have not time for bodily exercise will sooner or later have to find time for illness.” – Edward Stanley. My proudest moment was after leaving a 3 hour meeting, rather than running home and crashing in the bed, before sitting down I threw on my workout clothes and hopped on the treadmill.
#3. Listen to something, read something or watch something. On most nights I listend to the Kardashian sister’s new book Kardashian Konfidential. It really helped to pass the time along. I encourage you to download a book that you haven’t been able to get to and listen to it while working on. On another night I read the new edition of Real Simple Magazine. The print was large enough for me to see and it took my mind off working out. Finally, I watched an episode of Basketball Wives on my laptop. That was a 45 minute episode and before I could even think of being tired or “mad” that I was working out, it was over. Many people work out in front of the TV for that very reason. You can catch up on your favorite episode(s) and lose some weight in the process.
So far I’ve lost 8 lbs! My goal is to lose at least 20 lbs and at most 50 lbs.
A little inspiration from Christina Millian: