I told y’all a month ago about my 50 pound weight loss. Well now I get to share that I hit 60 pounds this week. Yippee!
People ask me all the time, “What’s your secret? How did you do it?!” I disappoint them every time when I tell them it’s just good old-fashioned diet and exercise. No tricks, no surgery, no magic pill. Bummer, right?
My big secret is in the planning. I make sure I have plenty of healthy foods around, I lay out my workout clothes at night before bed, I plan for the days when I have to travel so I don’t get stuck with no good options at mealtime. It’s really that simple, yet not simple at all. I know. Another bummer.
Why is it that we have such a hard time getting motivated to make real changes? Now that I am on a roll and it feels more normal, I wonder what took me so long. Yet I know how hard it was. I have tried so many times before. The only answer I can think of is that God has carried me.
I gave it to Him and He gave me strength.
And I made a plan. I started with a plan for my eating. Then after a couple of weeks I started taking supplements (I take a multi-vitamin from this same company in addition to my beloved Lift Caps). Lastly I added daily exercise. And I have stuck with it. That was part of the plan too, sticking with it.
I do allow myself a little splurge occasionally. For the first 6 weeks I didn’t. I just stuck with the diet plan religiously. After that I gave myself a weekly treat. Maybe a small frozen yogurt or a couple of cups of popcorn at the movie. The trick to that, again, is planning. I never just do it on a whim. It’s always a part of the plan. I tell myself I can have a little, fairly healthy, treat once a week in a small portion then I look at my calendar for the week and choose what and when the treat will be.
On Thanksgiving, for example, I planned to allow myself a small bit of dressing and a sliver of pie. But I planned in advance to stay away from the rolls, potatoes, etc. I knew they would be passed in front of me and having already decided not to eat them really helped curb the desire to just eat it anyway. I got to indulge in the meal without losing all control and paying for it later.
I have spent too much of my life paying for it later.
This month I have a LOT of activities to go to. I will make a plan for each one, but mostly I will stay away from the sweets and carbs. I have no intention of feeling sick for the whole month and gaining weight just because I wanted a cookie. It’s not worth it to me.
I make sure I am not hungry when I arrive at the festivities. That helps a lot. I drink a lot of water, so that keeps me from feeling hungry also. I carry nuts and diet bars with me in case it gets to be too much and I need to eat something. When it really gets hard I think about how much I am enjoying my newer, thinner, energetic body and the desire lessens.
I know I can do this and I KNOW you can too!
I am praying for your success!
Romans 14:17 “…for the kingdom of God is not eating and drinking, but righteousness and peace and joy in the Holy Spirit.”
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