In May of 2011 I had officially hit rock bottom when it came to my weight. I was shopping for capris with my sister at Old Navy and brought into the dressing room the largest size of capri they carry into the store. Yet, they didn’t fit. How could that be? I hadn’t gotten THAT big, right? I held back tears as I left the store and drove home, only to fall apart in front of my husband. I couldn’t believe that the person looking back at me in the mirror truly was me. I did not feel comfortable in my own skin anymore. I didn’t love what I looked like and wondered how my husband felt. I worried that my 2 year old child would one day grow up to know me as a mom who couldn’t do anything with her because of my weight.
So that day was when I made a change and started on the most serious diet I have ever been on in my life. My husband and I used Weight Watchers online program for 90 days and made it fun by making it an competition. In those thirty days I lost a whopping 48 lbs and he lost 35. Amazing! Granted, keeping it off since that time has not been easy and I did gain 10 lbs back, but have maintained since there. If you had told me one year ago that I would today be 38 lbs lighter today than I was last year, I would have laughed in your face. That was not something I believed I could do. However, when I really stated dieting and taking care of myself, I was surprised as how easy it was to get into the good habits I needed to be in. That convinced me that anyone can do this. Seriously, if I can….anyone can.
But, healthy living is hard to kick start, so I wanted to leave you with a list of tips to get you started on a path towards healthy eating, healthy living and finally fulfilling all of those thousand of New Years Resolutions you have made over the years. Including the one you made this past January and maybe are struggling with still?…….
Tip #1: Recruit a buddy: My success really had a lot to do with the fact that my husband was doing it with me. That partnership made me feel stronger and more able!
Tip#2: Make it fun: I enjoyed scouring cook books for yummy (but healthy) new recipes. Many of which I would eat, whether I was on a diet or not! It was fun to break from our regular routine and learn how to make new foods.
Tip#3: Buy a scale and weight yourself periodically: It’s true that when we don’t check in, it’s easy for pounds to creep up. Ignorance is not bliss when it comes to this issue.
Tip#4: Find ways to motivate yourself that will truly work: For me, it was going back to the department stores often to try on jeans and see what new (lower) size I was in. It was supermotivating to be able to grab a smaller pair of jeans each time!
Tip#5: Learn something new: Something that was a wonderful reward for me was learning a new sport/hobby, one that I would have never been able to do when I was heavier. I have enjoyed cross country skiing this winter and I am proud of myself for being “that girl” who can get out on the slopes for that long. That sense of identity is powerful!
Tipe#6: Don’t waste precious calories: Don’t drink your calorie as that is a total waste and even with food, don’t waste calories on food that won’t fill you up. Then you just feel hungry faster and will break your diet!
Whatever your healthy living goal is, whether it is drinking more water or exercising again, it is important that it is attainable and reasonable. Without that, you will get completely frustrated and you will give up. Set yourself up for success, not failure, by setting goals that are inspiring but also possible! You deserve to feel good about you.