Almost everyone, at some point in our lives, wants to lose a few pounds. I have the secret. I should charge everyone for this sage advice, but I’m giving it away for free. Before I offend anyone at all, which is not my intention. I do not mean a very small percent of the population having medical issues. Even with medical issues, for most…I said most, it’s still possible.
DISCLOSURE: I am not a medical professional of any type whatsoever, and no one should ever take my advice as the gospel because I’m just over here in lala land going on and on about what works for me. Everything spouting from my mouth is pure opinion. 🙂
So here goes…take notes if you are in the weight loss game:
- Lose weight for you. The biggest problem I ever faced was worrying what other people thought when they saw me. With a husband who thought I was beautiful, I was more worried that my own family was talking about the 20 lbs I’d put on. I recently read Rachel Hollis’s books…MEGA FAN…not a paid endorsement people. She gave me a boost in my motivation, and I’m forever grateful. She said that everyone else’s opinion of me is none of my business. She’s right, and if all they see is my size, they can bite me.
- Take in less calories than you burn. I like the gym, but I didn’t drop the weight I gained by going to a paid gym. I walked my ass off. In one week, I put 42 miles on my feet and six miles on my car. No lie, I walked..and I live in an area where there are no sidewalks. In Hillbillyville, most people don’t walk for exercise, they don’t have have a car. The nice thing is, I can’t tell you how many kind people stopped and offered me a ride. I spent time in my yard. It’s a jungle..must do that some more. I gardened, I played with my kids in the pool.
All of that means nothing if you are turning right back around and rewarding yourself with a big juicy burger and fries from McDonald’s with a hot fudge sundae as desert! Cook your meals. Even if I decide to make fries in my oven…it will hit my gut less than the ones I get from McDonald’s.
- Don’t skip good food with calories! Whoever heard of giving up potatoes for a diet??? Listen, I tried Atkins. I’m not perfection over here preaching to the choir. I tried it. I lost 10 lbs in a few short weeks. I went off the diet and gained it all back in a week. Some people can really stick to their guns and make that diet work. I cannot, and neither can most people. They have some really nice success stories, but it’s not for me, or any of the other thousand diets out there. It doesn’t have to be that complicated. Potatoes are a vegetable grown from the ground, and have vitamin B6 and C..potassium, fiber, antioxidants, etc etc. Plus, they are filling. Why make it complicated???
Just don’t load it down with too much butter, cheese, bacon bits, and sour cream. Even if you do, be moderate about it, and keep track of all those calories you are taking in. In this world of smart phones and free apps, don’t even tell me that you cannot keep a calorie count. You must burn more than you take in. Simple as that!
- Do things you enjoy for physical activity. If you like to run, run. If you like to swim, swim. If you are making yourself do things for the calorie burn that you usually hate, you will most likely quit. I could care less if I ever do another squat in this lifetime. It hurts me the next day to the point that my body can’t move. They are good for you, but doing more than one or two will knock me off of a physical track for a month. And, since they really are good for you, if you still want to do them, build up tolerance.
I see this, I’ve done this. You get all motivated. In your head, you are one of those kick ass motivational posters and you aren’t giving in until you get the body you want. Dude, I’ve seen it and got anxious, and done it more times than I can count. The next day, your entire body hurts and you can barely move, and you do nothing!
- By far the most important. No matter how many times you fall off track. No matter how many pounds you still have to go. NO MATTER WHAT! You have to start. That’s it. You binge ate last night, and the scale went up two pounds this morning. You are giving up? You can’t believe you just threw your entire diet down the drain. Suck it up Buttercup and start right there. Tell yourself that is your new cheat day and you are going to work harder this week so that you drop the two pounds that are now evident on that scale. Don’t give up, use it as fuel.
- Dropping weight does not have to be expensive. There is no equipment you have to buy, no books, no online program, no DVDs for work out. I’m not saying that a lot of them are not super awesome. I’m saying that you don’t need them. If I know it’s Friday and I’m going to have a few beers later, and let’s face it, I like beer…in moderation, and I drink responsibly. Some women like wine, I’m a beer girl. If I know I’m going to take in 110 calories per bottle of Bud Light, then guess what, i go easy on the calories during the day, and I make sure that I get in some exercise during the day.
This is what works for me. And really, think about it. Notice the diet companies out there selling meals. They are sending out food that I make in my kitchen, and using a lot less butter and salt…that’s a guess, I don’t know that for sure, but it’s a guess. If I took the food that I made myself, and only ate portions the same size as they put in the box…cut down on my butter and salt…there isn’t a whole lot of difference in those calories. These companies are great if you can afford to have it put in portions for you.
If you are like me, feeding an entire family, without the time or luxury to cook a meal just for one person, then consider cutting back on the amount of food you take in and go for a nice long walk with your spouse/kids/friend/whoever after dinner instead of flipping on the tv. This is also really good for a relationship..that talk time versus screen time thing. Either way you do it, if you are in a weight loss battle, good luck!