Let’s talk a little more about the fascinating art of weight loss. If you look around, most of the world around you is pretty shallow, right? Everybody is trying to figure out, what is the quickest way for me to lose weight in the shortest amount of time, like it’s some kind of game.
You have Jillian Michaels boasting her athletic prowess on one website. Then there are the Kardashian sisters talking about toning their glutes and legs on this channel as you surf for something to watch. There are so many different weight loss ads, it can make your head spin. So what do you do in a world that is hell bent on making you look like the Kardashians and Michaels and you-fill-in-the-blanks of the world? Discipline yourself!
First of all, in your trek to total body success and results, you must realize these three things:
1. If it took you two years to gain those 30 pounds, what makes you think that any diet outside of liposuction, lap band, and gastric bypass is going to make you lose that weight in a week? You won’t believe some of the extreme things that I have heard when approached with helping people lose weight, particularly those who have a, ahem, deadline to meet (wedding bells, anyone???) The scenario goes a little something like this….”So how much weight are you looking to lose or what size would you like to see yourself in?” “Weeeeelll, I would like to lose ummmm, 15…..30….60 pounds!” “And by when? (this question is for pure amusement, because no one leaves this question unanswered)” “Ummmm, by the end of the month!” Blank stare…
2. Your genetic pool is definitely not the same as anybody else’s! You are one unique entity, so do not gauge your rate of weight loss (or gain for those who seek to gain muscle/weight) with the next person’s. Doing this will only set you up for failure psychologically, and once that begins, your drive to lose weight will either decline, or it will cause you to do some extreme and usually unhealthy or unsafe things to reach that goal.
3. Use common sense. Okay, I will say this one more time. USE COMMON SENSE. If said person decides to clean up their lifestyle and become healthy, however, they decide, “Hey, I think I will have a couple of cheat days”. Then don’t be mad if you did not reach your goal. If you are serious about doing something, then nothing, not even a greasy burger, a mozzarella stick, nor a gallon of sweet tea will stand in your way. Continuing along the lines of common sense, those celebrities that you are fawning over have, guess what? TRAINERS, CHEFS/MEAL PREPARERS, and SURGEONS (helloooo? Duh?), which the average Joe does not. I mean, if we all had a team of these special people, we would all be actors and actresses, now wouldn’t we?
But since we don’t and we do not obviously live in a fair or perfect world, you have to work with what you have. Back to the discipline thing. Reaching any goal in life requires what? Discipline. In order for you to get what you want, including the perfect body for yourself (not for someone else or to please anyone else), then you must buckle down and discipline your mind and body to achieve these results. Realize that changing your lifestyle and habits that you have accustomed yourself to over a period of time will take some getting used to, and it is no overnight thing, so don’t expect overnight results or you will be disappointed. Some of the things that you can do to ensure that you stay on the right track towards becoming healthy and in shape are as follows:
a. Don’t trust yourself to push yourself hard enough to get the results you need. Grab a buddy and make them push you! Workout in doubles or more. And you pay it forward and push them as well.
b. Clean your pantry and refrigerator out! If you are serious and sick and tired of looking or feeling the way you do, because you are not happy with your body image, then take the steps and change it! And this is one of the ways to do so. Throw away the junk!
c. Hold yourself accountable for your actions. Keep a food journal! Many successful people keep some kind of diary, journal, agenda, to-do list available so they can jot things down. A food journal is just like this. I can promise you that if you are aware of what you are eating everyday (because we typically don’t remember this), you can look back and see where you need to make changes at in your food intake. It also helps you keep track of your caloric intake.
d. EAT! You have to eat to lose weight, believe it or not. Follow the old mantra, eat every couple of hours (like, every 3-4) to keep your metabolism up and running so your blood sugar levels don’t fluctuate and cause you to grab the nearest Snicker bar…
e. Keep in mind that you are who you are! Nobody can change that no matter what, so work at your own pace. Whether it takes you 2 years or 20 years to get where you need to be, that is your business and nobody else’s.
After gaining nearly 100lbs while suffering from PCOS, my journey to lose weight has finally ended and my love and appreciation for healthy but delicious food has just begun. This my story on how I lost nearly 90lbs while still completely indulging in life.