- Diet & Weight Loss
Lose 7lbs in 1 Week
I will turn 30 in June. As I notice my body starting to age from my youthful 20's I think to myself this is ridiculous. I have battled with my weight going up and down these past few years. I am ready for a change. I talked previously about balance being the key. I have tried numerous diets from slim fast to nutrisystem to south beach diet. I have studied the paleo diet. I have researched the whole 30. Here is what I honestly believe: The most important thing about choices is to choose to CHANGE! I do not care which diet plan you choose or which exercise routine you participate in as long as you realize you have to choose to CHANGE. The next step is choosing to change for the better! "Results can only change when we change our consistent ACTIONS and make them habits." -Billy Cox
We Eat Junk!
Typically when we think of a diet we think something temporary to fix a permanent problem over a short amount of time. Meaning, I have gained 100lbs over the past 10 years but I am going to diet for 6 months and lose 75 lbs. It is time to wake up! The true definition of the word diet is the kinds of food that a person, animal, or community habitually eats. We as a society habitually eat junk.
How to Find the Time
I truly understand the difficulty of learning to be healthy. How do you find the time? In our world today we are busy. Full time jobs, car pool, family, exercise, chores, leisure activities.... and time just flies by. I am going to give advice on what I do to lose weight and make changes, however each individual has to find what works for them. I applaud the stay at home moms on Pinterest who have time to prepare meals in advance and/or decorate their cooked meals with cute little garnishes. Me, personally, I do not have the time or the patience. Here is how I lost 7lbs a week:
3 Steps to lose 7 lbs. a week
I did my research. I know which goals I want to accomplish. I want specific changes. In my family, like so many others, we suffer from mood disorders. I have a terrible time with my emotions always up and down. I wanted to learn about foods that can help boost mood and energy. As an entrepreneur I have to constantly keep my mind focused on positive energy. I have days where I wish I could just slow down, but that will not bring the results I am looking for. "I keep my mind focused on peace, harmony, health, love and abundance. Then I can't be distracted by doubt, anxiety, or fear."-Edith Armstrong
2. NO EXCUSES
There are no excuses, EVER! Yes, I am exhausted... I have to wake up early... The laundry is overflowing... Dishes need to be done... A project is due at work... Bills need to be paid... So What! Excuse: seek to defend or justify. Ask yourself is there really any reason in this world that can justify NOT choosing to be healthy? We are our own worst enemies. We are choosing to do this to ourselves. Yes the big corporate food companies are clever at their jobs, but they will not outwit me!
3. TAKE ACTION
Action is required. Get your butt in gear! Get moving! Exercise!!! All these diet fads that tell you take this supplement and you will drop weight is bologna. Our bodies are created to be active. We are meant to withstand physical activities.
Below are some tips from a great article** that helped me:
10 Foods that promote healthy diet:
1. Dark leafy greens: spinach, kale, Swiss chard
6. Onions (garlic, leeks, chives, shallots and/or spring onions)
9. Seeds. (sunflower seeds, flaxseeds, hemp seeds, chia seeds)
*omega 3-Fatty Axids, Probiotics, vitamin b-12, b-6, folate, sam-e, turmeric, vitamin D, vitamin C, Amino Acids, magnesium, GABA(anti-anxiety neurotransmitter), calcium, melatonin are of vital importance.
**Info from a great article: http://www.everydayhealth.com/columns/therese-borchard-sanity-break/foods-eat-every-day-beat-depression/
Tips when short on time:
<>Make it a goal to exercise at least 4 times per week.
<>When pushed for time make it a goal that every time you go to the bathroom you perform 10 squats. (I know this may sound weird but if your pushing water like you should you may be running to the restroom 5-8 times a day. That equals 50-80 squats a day.) It adds up.
<>Didn't have time to run to the store to purchase veggies for your lunch. Grab 1 packet of instant grits or oatmeal instead of running to your local McDonalds. Wal-Mart also has a nice selection of premade salads to choose from. (Maybe even walk to get your lunch.)