Well, let me start with HAPPY NEW YEAR to all our fabulous readers!!! We had a great 2011! This blog has been quite the (great!) adventure so far and we so look forward to the possibilities in 2012!
What goes better with a new year than a trusty weight-loss new year’s resolution?!?!?! I’m gonna speak a little bit to what I’ve been up to these days and how I’ve lost 10 POUNDS in 2 weeks!!! (SCORE!) – Note: Obviously, it wasn’t a new year’s resolution for me… I jumped the gun a little bit. I never was one to wait 😉
A good friend of mine approached me a few weeks ago and asked if I wanted to try out personal training with her at her gym. Her and her husband are the fittest people I know, so her gym is like a second home to her. She knows what kind of shape I was in before I got pregnant and how unhappy I was with my post-pregnancy body. I had done a couple of 2 week (or so) stints with working out after the baby, but nothing seemed to be working and nothing was lasting. What finally pushed me over the edge was my dental school graduation pictures. I had started getting complacent about the way my clothes were fitting and the way I looked until it was staring me right in the face on facebook – YUCK! My classmates had tagged a couple of photos of me from graduation and I couldn’t stand to look at them! It had gone too far and I was officially ready to make a change!
Here of is a list of how I lost 10 POUNDS in 2 weeks, with no stopping in sight!!!!
1. Decide you are worth better! We are all busy are there are a million places we could be and a million things you could be doing. Kids or no kids, there is no reason to feel guilty about taking some time out of each day to better yourself!
2. Change your diet! Be honest with yourself about what and how much you are eating. Fooling yourself isn’t going to get you anywhere.
a. For a couple days record everything you eat and how much of it. Look up the amount of calories, fat and sugar you are consuming… There are some great apps and websites to help you do this! I use MyFitnessPal. It allows you to put in your goals and then spits out how much you should be eating. I am eating around 1200 calories a day (I’m 5’4).
b. Cut out the crap. We all know the basics of what is good for us and what isn’t. When in doubt, if it’s highly processed, go without. For me, my weakness is sweets. I cut out all sweets for the first 2 weeks because I know that if I start eating them, I won’t be able to stop (The Holidays were NOT easy this year!). If your weakness is salty foods, cut them out for the first 2 weeks (at least). The longer you go without eating these things, the less you will crave them.
c. If you have a bad meal, or a bad day, or an entire bad weekend, don’t give up. Eating more bad food isn’t going to help you at all. So acknowledge you ate too much or that you ate unhealthy food and get back on track as soon as possible. Feeling good about yourself is so much more satisfying than that cookie or cheesecake or french fries!
3. Work your butt off! Literally! If you are really committed to looking better and feeling better, work out with a purpose. Some days you might not feel like working all that hard, but if you are taking the precious time out of your day, give it your all. Just when I am thinking my workout is too hard and I can’t go any further, I tell myself “THIS IS WHAT YOU ARE HERE FOR!”… And it feels amazing. It feels good to push myself harder than I thought I could. It feels good to feel sweat drip down my arms, forehead and back. It feels good to know that I am bettering the way I look and the way I feel. NOTE: Don’t be afraid to use weights! Unless you are taking testosterone, you aren’t going to bulk up! The more muscle you have, the more efficient your body is at burning calories (AND FAT!!!)! If you feel like you need guidance, look into personal training! I go once a week and split the cost with a friend. I pay $80/month for the personal training and gym membership Unfortunately, I had to give up my Starbucks to be able to afford it. Worth it.
4. When it feels like you aren’t getting the results you want fast enough…keep going! Giving up is going to get you there much slower, I promise!!!
5. Don’t let yourself use exercise as an excuse to eat poorly. Losing weight is 70% what you eat and 30% what you do. You can’t out-work a bad diet.
6. Be proud of yourself for improving your health! It is sooooo worth it!