3 Things People Never Tell You About Losing Weight

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With the New Year among us it’s time to set our resolutions and it’s time to start working on improving our lives, or at least improving some aspects of our lives. I love the New Year because it’s a fresh start and it’s a chance for a new me.  I usually start working on improving myself in October when my birthday comes around and in January I go into full force with my New Year’s resolutions.

Since October I have been trying to change my lazy lifestyle for a healthier lifestyle.  I purchased new yoga and workout DVDs, I purchased cute new workout clothes and I am trying to make an effort to track my calorie intake and workout at least 3 times a week.  I am loving my new healthy lifestyle because I have more energy and I am also noticing a change in my body shape.  But let me tell you it hasn’t all been as pleasant as a walk in the park.

The end result of being cute, skinny and healthy is worth the effort but the actual process of eating an apple when you really want to eat French fries is not always a happy time. I definitely encourage everyone who wants to get healthy to change their eating and workout regularly, but at the same time I don’t want you to have any misconceptions about trying to live a healthier life.

The ugly truth about trying to lose weight

There will be tears.  Whenever you see a weight loss commercial on television for a new diet regime or a new piece of exercise equipment you always see the person after they have lost the weight and they always have a smile on their face.  Sure, it’s easy to do a happy dance when you lost 25 pounds; but what you don’t see is the process of trying to lose weight.  Those weight loss commercials never show you the tears, they never talk about the times that you went to bed hungry and the times that you wanted to eat a hamburger but instead you ate a salad.  Those are the tough times of the weight loss process.

It can be expensive.  The key to losing weight is to change your daily habits from healthy grocery shopping to counting your calories. You should not want to maintain your current lifestyle and try to lose weight at the same time, if you really want to lose weight you will have to make some changes.  In order to lose weight you have to burn more calories in a day than you take in, there are two ways to do this – eat less or workout more.

You will be hungry.  During the first few weeks of weight loss you will be hungry.  Snacking on fruits, veggies and nuts will help eliminate some of the hunger but until your body adjusts to your new healthy eating you will be hungry.  But don’t worry your body will adjust, after a couple of weeks your stomach will shrink and you will start feeling full with less food.  Substituting sugary foods and foods with a high amount of carbohydrates will help you lose weight faster.

Love Always.

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Get Healthy With These Small Changes

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In an effort to get healthy I have been making positive changes in my eating habits and trying to workout on a regular basis.  It would be a major understatement to say that this lifestyle change has been an adjustment in my life.  My personal motto used to be “There is nothing that a medium pizza and a bag of Reese Pieces can’t fix.” Now my personal motto is “Put down the pizza and walk away.”

I have traded in my medium pizzas for well proportioned meals and I have swapped the Reese Pieces for snack sized protein bars. I am making small changes in my life but they seem to be having a big impact. I feel lighter, smaller and I have more energy. I am enjoying my new healthy life and I look forward to the end result (aka losing 20 lbs by April 1, 2013).

Use these small changes to get healthy and be happy:

1. Drink More Water. You will feel full and it helps flush out the toxins in your body.

2. Exercise 3 Times a Week. Even if you only exercise for 30 minutes, it’s better than nothing.

3. Make your Workout Fun. Dancing and Zumba are fun workouts that burn a lot of calories.

4. Eat Smaller Portions. Get smaller plates, order a kids meal, do whatever it takes.

5. Eat Healthy Snacks.  Snack on fruit, nuts and protein bars, trust me your belly will be full.

6. Don’t Forget the Fruits and Veggies. Try to eat veggies with your lunch and dinner, have some fruit for dessert.

7. Have a Cheat Day. Treat yourself in moderation once a week, only 1 chocolate chip cookie.

8. Stretch on a Daily Basis.  Every day stretch out your limbs and your stress with some Yoga.

9. It’s Normal That You Are Hungry. Your body will adjust after a week or two, just ignore your belly grumbles.

10. Celebrate Your sSccess. Buy yourself something nice, don’t celebrate with food.

Love Always,

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I am not starving, but I am hungry and getting healthy

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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?).PBBody

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.

Love Always,

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Experts say that egg whites are no good

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For the majority of my life I have been told that egg yolks are bad for us and that egg whites are the only good part of an egg; however recent reports say this is not necessarily true.

A recent article from Shape Magazine says that both egg yolks and egg whites are a healthy option because they both offer nutritional value.  Egg yolks are full of dietary cholesterol which is your good cholesterol and egg whites are full of protein which is very beneficial for lean body mass.  Eggs as a whole (both yolk and whites) are also full of healthy Omega 3 which is good for the brain and good for the heart. I didn’t know this but eggs have an antioxidant level that is equal to eating an entire apple. That doesn’t sound like a bad thing.

Who should I believe?

Nutrition 103

As I embark on my weight loss journey I have read a lot of articles and blog posts about healthy eating, nutritional value and portion control.  I have to be honest and say that reading about health and nutrition has done nothing but confuse me.  It seems that for every article I read about the benefits of eating eggs, eating green vegetables and eating healthy portions of fruits on a daily basis there is another article stating the exact opposite.

Some nutrition experts feel that eating a lot of fruit is not a healthy snack because fruits are full of sugar. However some other nutrition experts feel that eating fruit throughout the day is a healthy option to other types of sweet snacks.  Some medical professionals feel that snacking throughout the day leads to overeating and obesity while some other medical professionals feel that eating several small meals throughout the day is the only way to maintain a healthy weight. So who should I believe?

How about I just eat whatever I want to

Nutrition

I am not a nutritional expert or a medical professional and I am not really a person who likes to be told what to do; therefore I think the best way for me to lose weight and still be happy is to just eat what I want to…but within moderation.

It is a widely accepted theory by many nutritional experts and medical professionals that the only guaranteed way to lose weight is to burn off more calories in a day than you take in.  This means that I have to either eat foods that don’t have a lot of calories or I have to exercise on a regular basis in order to burn off excess calories.

I am eating foods with fewer grams of sugar and fewer grams of carbohydrates because sugar and carbs turn into fat if they are not burned off with exercise.  I have also started to drink more water throughout the day in an effort to flush out any toxins.  I started my “Save Yourself. Skip the Gym.” Weight loss plan 5 weeks ago and since then I have lost 3 lbs, I am happy and I have not yet been hungry.

Love Always,

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A little bit about me and why I want to lose weight

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Earlier this month I decided to start 90 days of at-home-yoga in an effort to get healthy, lose weight, and increase my overall well being. My “Save Yourself. Skip the Gym.” exercise plan will help people who don’t want to go to the gym get an effective weight loss workout at home.

I have never been a “skinny girl” per se, but over the last 6 months my weight has increased and I don’t like it; I am also sick of my excess weight making me unhappy in all aspects of my life because it’s all I can think about. This year my new mentality is all about making positive changes in my life; this includes being happy and being proud of my personal appearance.  We live in a very superficial society and unfortunately I often define myself by my appearance.  If I am happy with my personal appearance then I will (hopefully) be a happier person.

Lose Weight? Why Now?

One day I woke up and I decided to stop complaining about my health and actually start doing something about it, this is why I am going to save myself and skip the gym.  I personally hate going to the gym for a number of reasons which include it being very time consuming as well as being full of germs.  Despite my dislike for public gyms I still want to exercise on a regular basis and I want to lose weight; therefore I am forced to find alternative methods of exercise.  I no longer want parts of my body to touch that should not be touching and I no longer want to be defined by my weight.

Today is the first day of the rest of my healthy life. If you have a personal weight loss story or a favourite workout routine that you love I would love to hear from you, please contact me anytime.  I hope you join me on the path towards loving life and learning to love myself.

Love Always,

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