At the risk of giving yet another preview to one of my articles in the magazine, you don’t need to lose weight!!! Your spouse proposed to you and loves you, just the way you are! So please don’t feel the need to starve yourself for one day! That being said, any excuse is a good excuse to make a lifestyle change and get healthy!
I am not a dietitian or a fitness person! Sometimes it’s just nice to hear a real life story from a real life person. I’ve lost ten pounds since getting engaged and I’m super proud. It doesn’t mean it’s the only way or even the right way. I’m just sharing my experience. Take it or leave it.
Five Weigh oss Tips N Tricks
(In no actual particular order) Start Small
I started out by only buying one bag of chips at a time when shopping. Then I moved up to only eat one bowl of chips instead of the whole bag. I know many people will read this and laugh at the idea of that being an actual goal. I know the same amount of people, if not more, will be very impressed at the idea of only eating one bowl. I know guys. I’m like the epitome of self restraint. Whatever you do, start small and find happiness in every little victory, even if others don’t.
2. Drink water (All the water)
This was the best advice I’ve ever been given. It seems so simple but makes you feel so successful with such a simple change. This helps rid your body of extra sodium which eliminates bloat and helps you to feel like your sexy self. The rule of thumb is 1L for every fifty pounds. Real talk: all that water also made me poop… a lot! But that just helped eliminate bloat even more, so I’ll take it!! Embarrassment is beauty. That’s totally how that saying goes, right???
3. Calorie Count
This is a huge step to realizing what you’re actually eating. I was like, man I eat so healthy, why am I so chubby??? Well even healthy foods can be too much of a good thing! I now eat between 1200 and 1400 calories a day. This was a gradual reduction for me. When I first started I needed way more than 1200 calories to stay happy. Like most people, if I’m unhappy I eat my feelings! So it was worth it to me to eat a bit more than to restrict and binge. 5 months later I can comfortably eat 1200 calories. I am also super lazy so I calorie count once a week and eat the same thing everyday. Choose your battles. You can be lazy and boring or adventurous and calculating. You do you.
4. Seek Support
I joined an online support group where I paid a bit each month and had weekly weigh ins and a place to turn with questions. This group was key for me in the beginning as it made me more accountable ( and as such, it was harder to fall off the food wagon!).
5. We're All Human!
I lose about a pound a week on this meal plan. Wait a sec… if you do the math… I’ve been working on it for 5 months, and I lose about a pound a week… I’m hella skinny!!! Jk. I lost ten pounds. Reality check, we're all humans! I went out drinking one weekend and I gained 7 pounds. Last night I ate an entire bag of Doritos. You gotta live your life yo. Not every week is successful. That’s okay! We need to learn not to be so hard on ourselves. All too often we make one mistake and then give up completely, and that certainly won’t get you where you want to go! As long as you’re taking steps towards a healthier lifestyle you’re successful!
Real or imaginary, I totally see a difference.
- High protein shake
- Greek yogurt
- Lower calorie protein bar
- Chicken breast
- Green beans
Do you have a weight loss secret? Do you avoid carbs? Dairy? Meat? Do you exercise like a pro? Comment and share your successes or failures (cause hey, we all know misery loves company!) below.
(No Binge Bride)