- Diet & Weight Loss
Weight Loss from 270 Pounds to 215 Pounds
Me at 270 Pounds
Why was I 270 pounds?
All things start with why, you can't do much unless you know the cause. So why was I 270 pounds? How did I get there? My father always equated weight loss to a bank account. If you take out more than you put in, your account will shrink. But according to a study done at Harvard Medical School, there can be more to it than that. If you and a friend eat the same amount of calories, and do the same activities, that does not mean that you will lose the same amount of weight. What kind of calories you ate, genes, eating habits as a child, and medications you take can all play a part in how your body stores and burns calories. I was not eating good calories, and I was eating a lot of them. Also weight gain ran in my mothers side of the family. And to top it all off, I was on a medication that made me crave food all the time, and slowed down my bodies ability to burn fat. I went from 115 lbs. to 270 lbs. in a relatively short amount of time. It was years before I was able to get any of that weight off. After about one year where I believed that I could lose weight I had lost 50 pounds.
Losing weight starts in the mind. That doesn't mean deciding that you want to lose weight, it means deciding that you are going to lose weight. You can't just want something and then wait for it to come to you. Make the change inside yourself and then figure out how to make it happen.
You can read all day about what the best exercises are for losing weight, but if you aren't going to stick to it, don't bother. Find something that gets your heart rate in the fat burning zone that you enjoy doing. For me personally, anything that I can do while watching TV is awesome. I ride the recumbent bike, dance around with my dog, do a little extra throughout the day. If you are unable to commit to an hour at the gym everyday, that's okay! Find the time when you can, even if it's 15 minutes here and there, do it. Don't let your subconscious downer convince you that 15 minutes isn't enough time to make a difference. Anything more than what you are doing now helps. If you start with 15 minutes a day, you will find yourself making time for 15 more minutes because you want to.
I am against making huge habit changes when it comes to weight loss. In my experience if you go too strict too soon, you quit. Or start cheating here and there, which then turns to often. And before you know it you are back to doing what you used to do. If you started eating 100 calories less each meal, and started burning 100 calories more each day, you would be -400 calories a day. With that little change you are on your way.
Play with your numbers, or if you aren't good on keeping track of calories (which I am guilty of) start making little decisions. I stopped going back for seconds at dinner. I started choosing an apple and 2 cheese squares for my after dinner snack most nights. Although I understand that cheese isn't the best choice, it is a better choice than ice cream every single night. Don't stress over making the best choices, just start by making better ones.
Lose Weight for you
To Each Their Own
Everyone has their own reasons for doing things, and that is what makes being human so wonderful. Maybe you want to slim down and lose 10 or 20 pounds because of your big day or a beach vacation. Or maybe you are like me who is sick and tired of being in pain from all the weight.
What's your why?
Why do you want to lose weight?
Get the right motivation
Make sure that when you decide to lose weight, it's for the right reasons. If you tie your driving force to an external reason, say you want to get a man, or keep you man, then if that reason goes, so does your motivation. If you decide to lose weight for yourself, then the chances of you sticking with it are higher. It is as if you decided to quit smoking because you live with you sister who is allergic to cigarette smoke, even if it's just on you and your clothes. But while you are quitting, she moves out, chances are you will give up quitting and start up again. Same goes with weight loss, make sure that your reasons are there to stay to ensure that you will see your weight loss journey through to the end.
When deciding to lose weight, there is comfort when you are in it with someone else. However, be sure you don't tie yourself to them. If they are losing 2 pounds a week, but you are only at .5 pounds a week, that's great! You are losing weight. If you have a work out buddy, and they cancel, go anyway. Or find another activity to do. If you tie your success to others, you will either hold yourself back, or beat yourself up. Neither is good to do.
Now here is the big secret, no body is perfect. Okay, so maybe that isn't so big of a secret, but remember that when you have a bad day. If you skip a day, or have a day that involves eating a cream puff, who cares! Tomorrow is a new day. The big thing about weight loss is consistency, but also the big picture. Don't plan for days off, don't plan to do bad, just try everyday to do better. Every time you are faced with a decision about cake, or ice cream, think and decide if you really want it. If the answer is yes, eat it, enjoy it, and know that you will not have it again for a while.
Weight loss in a nut shell
- Go from wanting, to doing
- Stop comparing yourself to others - you have your own obstacles
- Take baby steps - they do make a change
- Cut out the extreme - they may not stick
- Do it for the right reasons - do it for yourself
- Don't tie yourself to others
- Forgive yourself - no one is perfect
Another start, a new beginning
I was once 270, and I am now 215. I know how to lose weight, I just took a two year break from doing it. That may sound strange to others, you may be asking, why stop after losing over 50 pounds?! Well, I got married and decided to enjoy life for a while. Now I am ready to pick it up again, make small changes to see a difference in myself. I am ready to feel better, to stop the aches and pains from carrying around so much excess weight. Since starting two weeks ago, I have lost 2.6 pounds and an shaved an inch off my body. Excited to see the changes and start feeling better. I don't have a goal weight, I don't even have a goal size. I have a goal feeling and I will know it when I get there.
I will check in every now and then and give an update about my weight, measurements and how I feel.
Please leave a comment on how you are doing. Are you losing weight and what activities have you found that you enjoy and can keep up with on a regular basis?
Activity Trackers Are Not The Answer
Having an activity tracker does not make you move more. In fact, after I got one I did less. A few weeks after I got one, my father told me that people who have fitness trackers gained more weight that those without. This got me thinking, it made sense. Sometimes when you have something thinking that it will motivate you, you rely on the device and not yourself to get moving.
Since I was told that, I became conscious of it and started to make the effort to move. I stopped relying on the device on my wrist to make me move, and started moving. I keep track of my steps more for a personal fun goal.
I believe that if people know that just the act of buying an activity tracker will not make them move more, it will help them stop relying on it, and actually start using it.
Harvard medical school
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