thesurethings asked: How did you do it?! I'm at 245 right now and I've always been around this weight. I've fluctuated back and forth between 240-250 for as long as I can remember. I really want to lose the weight for me. I want to be happy with what I see when I look in the mirror. Honestly, how did you do it? I really need help. I can't do it alone!
There was never any one thing that I did in order to get this weight off. I had to constantly change everything that I do. The changes depended on new things I learned and what my body needed to keep changing. However, a few big things are:
-Quit drinking cold turkey: Drinking is a killer to any dreams of losing weight. Trust me, sometimes it sucks, but you have to remember what is important to you.
For non-adult beverages: Try to never drink your calories. They are sneaky little buggers.
Water: Drink it. Lots of it. All the time. Do it.
Now, at the college I go to there is a really great deal on getting a personal trainer. However, this still costs money. So I made it a goal to have them teach me things that I could do on my own. Also, I took a few fitness classes. Start off slow. Do dive head first into the idea of exercise. But, if you make it torture for yourself at the start, it’ll be harder to go back. SO, take it easy at first. Find things that are for you and that you like doing.
Also: You ALWAYS have time for exercise. If you skip one, then it is easy to skip another and another and another and guess what? Suddenly a month has passed and there has been no activity.
One thing that I have learned is that diets do not work. You diet for you wedding. You diet to get rid of weight that is probably going to come back on. You change your lifestyle for life. It is important to keep in mind that, when done properly, the food that is eaten when getting healthy is the food that should be had the rest of ones life. Only the portion sizes will change. If you go right back to bad eating habits the second you are off your ‘eating’ plan, the weight will come right back on I promise you. Bad eating habits is what got a body there in the first place.
I make is sound bad, but after eating foods that are good for you and learning to love them, bad foods like fast food kinda stop tasting as good as they once did.
When I am really really trying to get the extra pounds off I give up dairy, bread and potatoes, these things tend to have a lot of calories. When I am focusing on maintaining I try to have these only at one meal in small amounts.
Salads: Do not put dressing on salads. It has so many calories that, in some cases, it has more calories then a greasy burger. Instead, fill it up with everything else under the sun. Add a ton of different fruits and Veg to your salad. Also experiment with leaves, I like spinach leaf a lot more than iceberg.
Plateau: These suck and can last forever! What I have started doing when ever one strikes is to stop trying to change my body and focus on maintaining my body. This means I will increase my portions slightly and try work on trying to figure out what I need to do the rest of my life in order to keep the body that I worked so hard for.
Some people say that they don’t weigh themselves after a while. I am not one of those people. So even when I am not trying to change my body I still weigh myself every day (Or every three, sometimes I forget :() just to see how different foods affect my body.
After a month or so of keeping my body at the same weight, then I will change my eating and increase my activity level. This usually helps.
On a last note:
Cheat sometimes. I remember someone telling me this once: Nobody got fat because they ate a cookie, it is when they ate the whole pack that they got in trouble. Don’t use food as a reward, never ever ever do that. But when you change your life for the better, you can afford to eat the dang cookie everyone and a while.
Never sneak eat. Don’t even open that can of worms ever. Don’t go to a fast food place on a bad day and sit in your car and eat. nononnononononno.
Um, yeah, I’m not super good at giving advice. Haha, so take what you will and do what works for you! Also sorry for the bad writing. Grammar and spelling are my weak points.
If anyone ever needs support or help, I am here. I understand what you are going through and I’ll do everything that I can to help you help yourselves!
trial and error.