How to Lose Weight - These Tips Worked for me
There was a time when I wasn’t happy in my life and I buried by sadness and comforted myself with food. Today I continue to enjoy good food but I am now 2 sizes smaller and a lot happier. This is my story.
How it All Started
The Christmas photos taken in 2010 helped me realise that over time I had put on a lot of extra weight and I am rounder than I’d wished for. This realisation helped me to set my goal of becoming slimmer and more confident in the New Year. So determined to achieve my goal I sat down on 1 January in front of a piece of paper, grabbed my pen and started jotting down my slimming plan.
What did I Want to Achieve?
I made a realistic plan that at a time seemed very difficult to achieve yet it was managable. My goal was to become healthier, more active and loose 6 kgs (13.2 lbs) by the summer – taking the recommendations on losing not more than 1kg/week, this seemed achievable. And I knew that by shedding off weight I will gain confidence in how I look.
A Plan Crafted for Each Day
My plan consisted of a meal plan for the first 4 weeks and an exercise routine that I wrote in my calendar. I reviewed the daily tasks in the mornings to remind myself and rechecked in the evenings to see how I did on them. After the first month I wrote weekly plans based on what worked and didn't.
Along the way I made sure to celebrate the milestones, smaller achievements and congratulate myself on the successes. For example after completing my first yoga class I bought a new pair of pants that also encouraged me to continue this experience.
When I was facing challenges – in my case being bored on the treadmill and not wanting to go back the next time, I gained inspiration from reading a book or magazine connected to the topic.
The Meal Plan
Sad truth for food lovers like me is that only exercising will not get the success you want, I needed to change my eating habits too. Working long hours was also putting extra pressure and a frozen pizza often seemed as a better dinner option, but I resisted the temptation (well, most of the time).
Out of the various diets I found that I am the type who gains weight by just eating a slice of bread, so at the beginning in hope of loosing weight quicker I avoided high carb foods – such as white bread, pasta, sugary drinks, cakes, etc. Later I reintroduced these into my diet, but only whole wheat bread, durum pasta, dark chocolate and fruit tea without sugar – and only had them for breakfast or lunch, not in the evening.
I enjoy soups so I cooked a large pot of it at the weekends and put away some in plastic containers in the freezer, so even if I got home late and hungry, I had a quick and healthy dinner option.
I also searched for new salad dressing recipes and tried new vegetables. My favourite salad dressing is really simple to make: 2 large spoons of olive oil, 1 spoon of balsamic vinegar, a tiny amount of honey and some grounded black pepper.
And most importantly I started drinking plenty of water every day.
Let’s Get Moving
I wanted to be more energized and have toned muscles, so I had to get more active. I committed myself to 3 times 30-minute exercising each week and more or less succeeded on it. I tried many types of activities, such as yoga, zumba, treadmill in the gym, cycling, yogging.
When the weather turned warmer in Spring I rode my bicycle to a nearby jogging track and started a 5k running plan that I found on the internet. It was very difficult at the beginning but instead of giving up I downloaded new songs to my mp3 player and enjoyed the music on these routines. A lap was 5k and it was a challenge I wanted to beat. It was a glorious moment when I first crossed the line without stopping.
After the First 6 Months
By the first day of Summer I was 6 kilos lighter and got many compliments on my new slimmer figure that felt very good. I rewarded this achievement by buying a new bikini for the summer vacation and had a big smile on all the holiday photos.
I managed to create a new lifestyle for myself and since then I have shed another 5 kilos. I am confident and happy thanks to this experience and the success. I hope that reading my story may also inspire others to go for it and create a healthier and more active lifestyle.
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© 2013 Zsuzsi