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How to Lose Weight - These Tips Worked for me

Updated on August 21, 2013
Stepping on the scale is not scary anymore
Stepping on the scale is not scary anymore | Source

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.

Soups are quick and easy to make for dinner and they are healthy too
Soups are quick and easy to make for dinner and they are healthy too | Source

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.

Jogging is one of the best cardio exercises
Jogging is one of the best cardio exercises | Source

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.

© 2013 Zsuzsi @ hubpages.com

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      Zsuzsi 4 years ago from Hungary

      Many thanks, MzChaos

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      MzChaos 4 years ago from Indianapolis

      Nicely written.