With a new year beginning, I have had several friends and family members ask me how I've lost weight over the past year. It is so encouraging when you guys ask me because it makes me feel like I have accomplished something.
It is so uplifting to have someone else notice your efforts. I have really struggled the past couple of months with just maintaining. There are days that a kind compliment just reminds me that I've come a long way. I'm in a serious plateau, but with the new year I hope to push through and make some real progress.
Many of you have come here to find help and it would make me so happy to be able to inspire you a little. There are many small things that you can do to aid in losing the weight....
1) Drink lots of water! I cannot stress this enough. When your body needs water, it will begin to operate in preservation mode. Your organs do not function efficiently and it significantly slows any and all weight loss. You may be eating fabulously, but if you aren't supplying your body with the water it needs you will not move that scale in the right direction. For example, I had gained two pounds last week. I was eating the exact same and couldn't figure out what the difference was. I struggled for a week to take the extra pounds back off, but nothing was working. My body began to feel run down and I was absolutely exhausted and blue. Yesterday, my husband came down with a stomach bug. While I was preaching to him about drinking water, it dawned on me: I had forgotten to drink my water properly. When I get caught up in the every day ins and outs of life, I completely forget to drink my water. So, I increased my water intake all day yesterday and guess who lost those two pounds by this morning?? That's right, friends. It's all in the water.
2) There are many times I've heard you guys complain about drinking plain water. I'm in the same boat. You can totally dress up your water and reap even more benefits from it. My go to water drink is the Apple Cinnamon Water I shared with you HERE. Another great choice is adding lemon and Splenda to your water. It helps to flush your system as well.
3) I absolutely love the My Fitness Pal app on my iPhone and iPad. If I'm out at a restaurant and don't know what to pick, I will search the nutritional information before I order. This has helped me so much along the way. I think it's easy to get tricked eating out because what may seem healthy sometimes has more calories than something that seems like a splurge. The food diary is hands down one of the biggest things that keeps me on track. It takes all of the guess work out of it!
4) Set mini goals for yourself and write them down where you can see them. I usually do it in ten pound increments or weird comparison goals. One of my goals was to reach my prepregnancy weight, then I wanted to pass what I weighed the day I got married, then I wanted to lose as much weight as my toddler weighed, and then my most recent one was to weigh less than my husband. You get a huge feeling of accomplishment stretched out over the course of your journey and it keeps you motivated to keep going! If I started out with one goal (to lose 60 pounds) it would seem so far away. With smaller goals built in, you are encouraged more often.
Today I want to challenge you: Pick one item from the above suggestions and do it for two weeks. See how much better you feel and make it a habit. After you master one, come back for another! You don't have to make twenty changes in the way you manage your health overnight. I've tried that many times in the past and that just plain doesn't work. Let's take smaller steps and build up to a much healthier you!