I get a lot of questions when people find out I’ve lost 54lbs. How did you do it? Where did you start? What program did you follow? Truth is, it was all me. I didn’t follow a program or routine. I started off just using MyFitnessPal to tell me my calorie allowance, and rolled with it. I made sure that no matter what, I stuck to my calorie goal. Then, once I got my diet started, I focused on getting regular exercise in my routine. 3 to 4 times a week I would go to the gym. This is when the weight really started to fall off.
Though this got me on the right road, there was a few bumps along the way. Your not going to say no all the time. Your not going to have the strength all the time. Someone will offer you that doughnut or that cookie, and you’ll cave. You’ll give the excuses to your mind and get away with it. You deserve it right? You’ve been clean for 4 days and deserve it. Then 2 days later, you cave again, because you’ve been good since that cookie right? And the cycle will go on, until you are back where you started.
It’s so easy to fall back to the habits. But didn’t you want to change? Didn’t you start your journey to see it to the end? How much do you want it? How much do you want to fit into those size 8 jeans? How much did you want to change your health? Only you can do it. Only you can change your life and lose that weight. Only you can change your habits. I wanted it. I fought for it. And now I have it. And believe me, it feels so good to finally be at my goal!
So when someone offers you that cookie, or that chocolate bar, or that doughnut, just think. How much do I want it? Willpower is your greatest friend in your fight against food. Let’s show food who’s really in charge.
So for anyone that doesn’t know, I am currently 144 days into a charity challenge. I am running 5k a day for 365 days for Crohn’s and Colitis UK. Yes, I am mad. Yes, it’s a lot of running. But who makes a challenge easy for themselves?
Hitting my goal weight had always been my aim for 2 years. Then, when I did hit my goal, I felt lost. I hit my goal, but I still wanted to be challenged. I wanted to hit the next goal, but what was it?
You can make hundreds of goals, but I can guarantee that if you try to do them all at once, you will fail. You will put so much pressure on yourself that you will think it is easier to just give up. DONT! Just take them one at a time. Hit one goal, move to the next. Simple! They don’t have to be big goals, just achievable. My first goal was to loose 3 stone. The next? to run 1km without stopping. Then to run a half marathon. I know, It escalated quickly. But without these goals to keep us moving and challenge our boundaries, it’s very easy to slip into old habits again.
I always like to aim for something in life. For me, It’s mainly fitness related as that’s what I like to do. But you will always have other goals you want to work towards. Promotion at work, learn that new skill or even go skydiving. My point is the more you can if you try. Things will go wrong. The path to your goal won’t be smooth. There will be a lot of hills in the road. But I promise you, the view at the top is great. And it’s such a better feeling than how you feel right now at the bottom of the hill.
So my tip for anyone who is feeling lost right now is to always look forward. What do you want to achieve, and how hard can you work to get there? Because you on a mission? Nothing can stop you.
A lot of trying to lose weight is focused around food and exercise. But for me, there is an additional part of weight loss that people forget. WATER! Our body needs water to digest, to circulate blood, to keep your brain healthy and more importantly to function.
People who have known me a while will agree that I use to be terrible at drinking enough water. At best, I would have maybe 1 or 2 glasses a day! When the recommended amount is 8 glasses, that’s really bad!
To be honest with you all, I only noticed my lack of consumption when my fiance called me out on it. I knew that my energy levels were suffering, but didn’t think it was because I wasnt properly hydrating myself. The fact was, I really wasn’t helping my weight loss at all. I wasn’t even helping my body to just survive! It was only last year that I changed my perception about water. When I hit a plateau with my weight loss, I really pushed forward with drinking at least 2 litres a day. I took Heidi Powell’s advice with the 10 gulp rule and soon enough I was not only feeling more energetic but losing weight again. Now I can’t go a day without at least 3 litres, and recently I’ve been drinking 4 litres a day!
I know, water hasn’t got the most flavour in the world. But I promise you, your body will thank you for it. Especially in those tough workouts! Just google the positive effects of water, and you’ll see all the good it can do for you.
Hands up who said this yesterday? 🙌
And hands up who is sitting here, ruined diet thinking ‘I’ll try again next Monday’ 🙌.
I always hated the idea that you have to start anything new on a Monday! There is such a stigma associated with Mondays! Why do we have to start next week? Why not now!
My new lifestyle started on a Tuesday believe it or not! I was fed up of the feeling of failure and waiting to start again, that I snapped. If I was going to change, I was going to do it now! Never let disappointment stop you. Always take it in your stride. So what you had that biscuit today? Who cares that you slipped in your diet! Slipping one day in a week won’t hurt your weight loss. Use that feeling of regret and let that drive you forward.
So to all those people that think that they have to try again in a week. I feel your pain! Lets start again tomorrow, get back on that bandwagon and let’s get this weight loss going!