It’s way past the new year but why wait for another six months to pass by in order to start your weight loss goals? We are certainly not. Starting today, one of my besties and I became determined to lose 20 lbs. Yes friends we said 20 pounds! We made a pact to commit to meet this goal and motivate each other. The two of us could not believe how we just let our health go by. Life got in the way we said, being a single mom, having a full time job, bla bla bla, excuses excuses, I’m sure you can come up with your own excuses but friends let’s get real we just didn’t make ourselves or our health a priority. We simply did not commit to putting in the work. Plus we can’t find that magic miracle pill that J-Lo and Shakira have found. Jk it doesn’t exist so don’t try googling, I’ve already done it for you. It’s just a matter of calories in versus calories out.
So here I am ready to take responsibility, refocus, change my mindset and lifestyle to get healthy and fit again. Want to join?
I’ve came to the conclusion that what worked for me before does not work for me anymore. Before, I used to eat pretty healthy Monday through Friday and then splurge on the weekends including having a couple of drinks, well many, who am I kidding. I would also have a regular workout regimen, which included doing cardio and some light weights. It’s time to switch it up and only have one day to indulge not two. It’s time to think is this the right choice?
Shockingly, I’ve been working out since March with mainly cardio but haven’t lost one pound. I do but it comes back right away, I can’t keep it off. So the only thing I can think off is those little weekend indulgences are just sticking around more than usual and adding up as my potential stored energy aka fat. Doesn’t potential stored energy sound better? 😉
I’ve also realized that it took me almost 2 years to gain 20 pounds, it didn’t happen overnight, just little by little. Now I’m going to be patient with myself, set realistic goals and commit to a new lifestyle. So the following 5 suggestive tips are what I’m going to follow. These seem to have come up over and over again as I was researching for my own personal weight-loss goals. Hopefully these can help you too if you are looking at dropping some good ol’ L-B-S.
Tip #1: Reduce those alcohol drinks! Yes friends this is a toughy one since we all love to socialize and double-fist it in order to avoid those bar lines but hey maybe it’s a good thing. I’m going to try my best to have no more than 2-3 drinks a week rather than 2-3 drinks per social event, oh boy!
Tip #2: Grab a workout buddy! It’s always more fun to workout with someone but if it’s not possible each day at least check in with someone, try MyFitnessPal and make some friends. I like giving likes to my pals on their progress!
Tip #3: Change your workout! I know many times I dread hitting the gym because I get bored. Join a class or just do something different even if it means doing the stair master as opposed to the treadmill. Lately I’m loving Cardio and Karaoke Jam!! It doesn’t matter just move your a$$ everyday for at least 30 minutes!
Tip #4: Eat your fruits and veggies! Yes I am a true believer in the old saying of you are what you eat. Let’s feel good after we eat not just during eating. Many times I feel so bloated or icky after eating something so deliciously bad. It’s not worth it.
Tip #5: Just be accountable! Don’t make excuses rather own up to your slip-ups and try it again. Set goals that are realistic to you. Only you are responsible for your own actions, remember that, don’t blame your kids or your co-workers social functions. No one makes you down that third cupcake, fifth taco or bottle of wine.