12 April, 2012

Losing Weight The Right Way

180 pounds to 170 pounds
Losing weight and maintaining a healthy lifestyle the right way can be very hard emotionally because you are not loosing a lot of weight fast. The reason for this is that I haven't abolished carbs or fats or anything except processed and fast food. This means that I allow myself to eat when I go out with friends, I eat with my husband (which might mean pizza or beer or both lol) because he loves that.

Since that is the case, even though I've lost a total of 20 pounds from the beginning of my journey, I've only lost 10 pounds since November (the picture above is me at 180 pounds in November to 170 lbs in March). That is way below my goal of 1.5lbs loss a week. But I've come to accept and love that because I'm loosing slowly,  I probably won't be the in the 95% bracket who gain their weight back. I know I will not gain any of those 20lbs back because I am doing it slowly and steadily.

Also, looking for other sources besides the scale to show progress is very important. I've gone down to a size 8 size 6 from a size 12 and 10. Those are the things that matter the most especially when the scale is not moving. In addition to that, I can rum 10 miles NONSTOP to barely running 15 minutes without stopping. I say that is progress no?

However, as we always have to seek ways to do better, I know there is room for improvement. I have to get to a point where overeating is never an option, where I loose the mentality that "life is short so I might as well enjoy myself." So this is what I plan to do in the next month:
  • I will eat cleanly 80% of the time. i.e. no fast foods, cook EVERY single thing I put in my mouth, ask myself each time I reach for something whether I'm hungry or just bored.
  • I will commit to working out at least 6 days out of 7. Running will be my cardio of choice.
  • I will up my weight training game because I adore muscles. I plan to do mostly HIIT by following the following on YouTube (stronglikesusan, zuzkalight, bodyrocktv.com)
Those are the three things I'm focusing on this month and they are measurable, and achievable with a little wiggle room. I will continue to loose weight and transform my body because it makes me happy :)

Please share tips and tricks you've used to achieve and maintain a healthy lifestyle in the comments below.

13 comments:

  1. YAYAYAY!!! Lookin lovely! You can do it, you're my inspiration as well, Just think about the rewards in the long run:0) kisha fields-brown

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    1. Thanks Kisha, you guys are so supportive on FB :)

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  2. WOOOOOOW! SO amazing! Thanks for posting this I really need to kick it back into high gear with my weightloss for my wedding in Aug... I fell off real bad :(

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    1. Thanks Miss Leah. Let's do it together. I know an amazing group of women who are GREAT motivators...you can find us here: https://www.facebook.com/groups/297777826935381/

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  3. Good job!

    Sofia Mauthe

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    1. Thanks Sofia :) We need to connect soon. I miss you :)

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  4. Very inspiring. You can definitely tell the difference in both pictures!

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    1. Thanks ma'am I'm trying to be more consistent.

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  5. Your photos are very inspirational. Your before photo is me now and believe it or not, that's 20 pounds lighter. I am so psyched to get to where I want to be. The weight is coming off nicely but slow and they say slow and steady is best. Although I wish I could microwave it down LOL.

    I'm doing 6 days of exercises, sometimes 7 when I just don't feel like taking a break. I eat clean about 75% of the time but it's increasing. I struggled with snacking on the wrong things but that's gotten better too now that I'm taking Saffron Extract as recommended by Doctor Oz.

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    1. Hi Michelle, congrats on your 20lb loss and yup slowly but surely is the best because there is no finish line after all right? It's a journey we'll be on our whole lives be it at the loosing phase or the maintenance phase.

      Yeah, I saw that Dr. Oz's show, do you find that it helps curb cravings? I need something like that for social situations because that's usually my down fall.

      And my, 6 to 7 days is impressive. Keep it up!

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  6. Very impressive. I would personally love to lose about 10 lbs, to get down to 125, but my body just LOVES holding on to them. I'm a total gym rat that needs to improve eating habits. when I get stressed, I snack on the wrong things. Although I have maintained 134lbs ...fluctuating to 127, I need to somehow break the habit. Any suggestions? - discoveringnatural.blogspot.com (from another naija sister)

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    1. Hi naija babe. How na? lol I know that to get those results (especially when there is so little left to loose) is to very closely monitor calories to create the deficit needed to loose the weight. I say this knowing fully well how so hard it is to do. But it is a life long lifestyle after all right? So, as long as we are being aware of it, we should do just fine :)

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