My new workout plan and healthy eating regime has not been very fun, but it has been very effective. Since I started making positive (and healthy) changes in my life over a month ago I have lost five pounds and I feel great. I know it’s a small step towards my ultimate goal of losing 25 pounds, but at least it’s a step in the right direction.
Most of my weight loss to date can be attributed to changing my eating habits. I absolutely love food, I have never been one of those girls who can drink a shake for breakfast, eat a salad for lunch, and drink another shake for dinner. I need to actually eat food (otherwise I become a very unpleasant and un-ladylike young lady) and I like snacking throughout the day.
I am a vegetarian and because I don’t really eat a lot of foods with substance my body burns my food very quickly. I have to constantly eat throughout the day in order to keep my blood sugar up and avoid passing out.
Change How You Think About Food
I made the decision to change my eating habits because I want to lose weight, no one else, just me. I have tried other diets in the past but over the years I have learned that it’s not the actual food that matters, it’s how I think about food that really counts.
Whenever you want to make changes in your life you most likely won’t succeed if you try to change “cold turkey”. The key to a successful change is to make changes gradually so that your new lifestyle doesn’t disrupt your current lifestyle. For some people extreme measures can lead to success, but not for me. I do not adapt well to change (that is not on my resume) and therefore I need to tippy toe into the water before I dive in.
I have started to think about food as a way to fuel my body to get through the day instead of as delicious treats that I need to have in order to be happy. I used to go to sleep thinking about what I was going to eat for breakfast, lunch and dinner the next day. If I had a bad meal I would let it ruin my entire day and this can be a very dangerous habit. When you really want something you are more likely to over indulge in it aka overeat or binge.
Eating Healthy Tips
My personal challenge has been trying to find a balance between having a full belly and making healthy food choices. I have cut down my daily calorie intake and I have also cut down on the amount of sugar and carbohydrates that I eat on a daily basis. The key to eating healthy is to change your food choices not necessarily your eating habits. Try these food substitutions to help you decrease your calorie intake:
Saying no to a bagel and yes to an English muffin = 100 calories saved
Eating oatmeal instead of a sugary breakfast cereal = 50 calories saved
When You Look Good You Feel Good
My ultimate goal is to be pretty but there is nothing cute about being sweaty with your hair in a messy ponytail. I don’t want to feel like a fat slob when I go to the gym so I invested in some really cute workout clothes and cute headbands. I need headbands because I recently cut bangs and they drive me crazy when they are hanging in my face.
I am saving a lot of money on gym memberships by working out at home so I decided to spend some money and buy some new workout clothes. However as a financial professional and a girl on a budget I wouldn’t let myself go one a workout clothes shopping spree, especially since no one else is going to see me in the clothes because i workout at home. I surfed the web until I found a company called PV Body who offers premium workout clothes at discounted prices, you can order $150 of workout clothes for only $40. As an added bonus they are currently offering 20% off of all orders. Now I am on my way to being beautiful on the outside as well as on the inside (tear drop?).
How I Keep Motivated
My reasons for wanting to lose weight are purely superficial. I want to be skinny because I think that it will make me pretty. I want to be pretty because as a former chubby child I feel that being skinny equals being pretty. I want o be pretty because I think that it will make me happy.
Of course I am old enough to know that this is not true, but it’s what I think. So there you have it, my personal weight loss formula is Skinny=Pretty=Happy and this is my motivation to stick to my new healthy eating lifestyle and lose weight.