I get asked for advice a lot now. Sometimes I still have the big girl mentality and think, "Why in the world are they asking me??" I'm almost two years into my story and sometimes I still can't believe that I've come so far. Looking over the past two years, there are plenty of things I'd have changed or have learned the hard way.
- Water is the key to it all. I wish I could stress how important drinking enough water for your body is. Everything is built on that! Your body doesn't function properly without it and you won't see results as quickly if you don't take the time to give your body what it needs. It's cheap, easy, and so very good for you! Don't know how much to drink per day? Take your body weight, divide it in half. That's the number of ounces your body needs each and every day.
- Take measurements and pictures before, during and after. There are going to be plenty of days that the scale won't show you what you desperately want to see. When you've become absolutely frustrated beyond belief, you can always see the change in other ways.
- Don't lie to yourself. It's easier to not face how out of hand you've allowed your health to get. It's easier to pretend you ate healthier than you actually did. It's easier to pretend it's not really that bad. It's easier to ignore the cause of some of your weight related health issues. When you're completely honest with yourself you can begin changing things. Go ahead and face reality. It's the best thing you can do for yourself.
- Baby steps, baby steps, baby steps. Do not try to change every part of your life overnight. You're setting yourself up for failure. Weight loss and a healthy lifestyle are so much more than your weight, health foods, and measurements. When you live a healthy lifestyle all of the parts of your life will change. It's not just one or two things. Your relationships change....your thoughts change.....your goals change. Make one healthy change at a time and build on it. Let it become a habit then introduce another one.
- Stop comparing your progress/body/story/anything to others. It's so easy to look at someone else and compare yourself. I figure I can't be good at everything in life and it means that someone else may do something better than I am. That's okay. I'm good at being me....finally. Take the time to improve you. Worry about your progress and how you can improve you. Comparison will steal all of your joy. You have taken control of your life and you have so much to be thrilled about.
- Be aware of what you are putting into your body. Foods can heal or hurt you. Take a moment and really let that sink in. If you cannot pronounce an ingredient in your food, how do you really know what you're putting into your body? It seems like every time I turn around right now I know someone who is battling cancer. I can think of so many people close to my family who are. The numbers continue to climb and I cannot help but wonder what we as a society are doing to our bodies. Just stop and think about it.