I reached my first short-term goal recently. I lost the first 10 pounds and I am well on my way to my next goal 15 pounds. Here is a picture of me earlier this year before starting my weight loss journey. I am rejoicing as this is the first time that I have tried to make a lifestyle change where I didn’t feel deprived, hungry and sorry for myself. I have been so blessed to find the book Trim Healthy Mama by Pearl Barrett and Serene Allison. This low-glycemic lifestyle has helped me take control of my health and make a conscious effort to make changes for good. I am training for a 10K in February and I had found myself dreading my running as the extra pounds seemed to really make a difference in my energy level, mood, etc. I have felt so much better since weaning myself off of sugar. I was very sluggish and tired the first week, but now that I am changing up my meals regularly and exercising three times a week, I am feeling so much better. It has been about 7 weeks since I began this journey and I am now aiming for 20 pounds lost by Thanksgiving, which is a little over 6 weeks away. I think I can do this! When I reach that goal, I will put me only about 5-10 pounds away from my goal. I have had a friend on this journey along with me and she has been a real source of inspiration and encouragement. She shares recipes, ideas and suggestions with me on a regular basis. God is so good to provide just the push I need along my journey.
If you are finding yourself in a rut, unable to move forward with your fitness or weight loss goals try these tips to help you get started.
- Find a buddy or online support group that you can join. Having some accountability and encouragement really helps.
- Don’t try to include EVERYONE in your lifestyle changes. If your spouse or kids are not ready, do it for YOU! When they see the results, they may join you! Actions speak louder than words or force feeding your kids broccoli.
- Remember that the ultimate goal isn’t a number on the scale, but a healthier life. When the plateaus come, rejoice in the fact that you are making a long-term investment in your life.
- Find healthier versions of your favorite meals so you don’t feel deprived. One of my favorite desserts is ice cream and I have found an awesome healthy choice in Breyer’s Carb Smart vanilla ice cream topped with melted skinny chocolate and a few nuts. I feel like I have had something decadent and I don’t feel like I am missing out.
- Start small. Don’t empty out the pantry of all snack foods and treats from the start if you are trying to bring your family on board. I am trying to just add a few healthy treats into our home a few changes at a time and have the family join me with a healthy dinner. If I had gotten rid of all the cookies, chips and snacks from day one, I would have had a revolt on my hands.
I tried to finish this post several times and now it is 5 weeks later and this post has been sitting in draft forever! In the meantime, I have reached my third big milestone. I have lost TWENTY pounds now. I am now being able to get rid of some clothes and enjoy trying on some clothes I have had stashed in the top of my closet forever. God has been so good to me during this journey and I give Him all the glory. I met my goal a week before my personal deadline. Now I can see the finish line in sight. I am hoping for about 6 more pounds to reach my original goal, but I may extend that about 5 more pounds. I will just have to see how I feel and how my clothes are fitting after that next 6 pounds. Here is my first comparison picture. Stay tuned for more about my journey as it happens.