Just kidding. More like hard work and perseverance and the absolute motivation to feel better.
Before I tell you how I did it, let me just give you a quick background: I’ve never been a skinny-minny. I have never not had hips, I have never met a potato chip I didn’t like. My weight was manageable until I moved to Oregon in the summer of 2014. Beautiful state but not good for my waistline. I stayed inside quite a bit, ate high-caloric foods, and my depression and the constant rain were a bad mix for my health and well-being. When we moved back to California last fall, I knew I was heavier but had no idea just how much weight I had gained. By the time I decided to step on a scale in January, after many deep breaths, I was (gulp) ONE-HUNDRED AND EIGHTY-FIVE POUNDS!! I have never weighed that much in my entire life, and it took a lot of courage on my part to freaking admit that to you guys, because ladies just don’t admit to people their weight 😉
Well, that mean scale and its flashing numbers were a definitive wake-up call. Right then and there, I knew things had to change. I felt fat, I felt tired all the time, I didn’t like how I looked in the mirror, and I had horrible knee pain. It was time for things to change.
How I Lost 30 Pounds In 6 Months
I changed my eating habits. No more chips. No more pasta. No more pizza. You get the idea… See, I can make a meal out of chips and salsa. It’s a gift, I know. But chips, any kind, are my weakness. So are carb-friendly foods. I didn’t cut out all carbs, I just cut out the ones I didn’t feel were an overall necessity to my new way of eating.
I drank green juices full of vegetables. You have to be careful with juices because many of them are just full of fruit which is just pure sugar. I looked for ones that were 90% veg with only one fruit thrown in to add a bit of taste. Or I made them at home. Super easy and full of nutrients like spinach, Spirulina, flax seeds, and chia seeds. I started eating a lot more vegetables, even substituting spiralized squash for spaghetti noodles in my spaghetti.
Healthy recipes became a staple for me. Every Sunday, I would make a batch of Quinoa Tabbouleh to have with my dinner meals for the week. I ate healthy snacks such as almonds, sliced apples, and carrots and hummus. I tried to drink as much water as I could and iced green tea made it into my day more often than not.
A big, humongous contribution to my weight loss has been exercise. I really couldn’t have had consistent weight loss without it. I know there are people who all they have to do is change their eating habits and the weight falls off, but I have never been one of those people. My metabolism needs some sweat infusion to get it going!
If I wasn’t walking to get in my steps during the day, I was using my beloved stepper:
I love this thing! I use it all the time, and I mean all the time! What I love about this little thing is that it is not some big machine that takes up a lot of space in your living room. I pull out the stepper, hop on, and I am good to go. I also love the fact that I can get in a good workout (yay for my metabolism!) and I can watch TV while I am doing it I watched many an episode of the show Elementary while sweating my you-know-what off. Now that Elementary is in hiatus, I am catching up on Endeavor and Inspector Lewis. I love watching mysteries, can you tell?
All of these things done on a consistent basis, have given me a weight loss of 30 pounds!! Woo hoo! I am down to a weight of 155 pounds and I feel better that I have felt in a long time. I am super proud of myself! There were days when I wanted to dive face-first into a bag of chips or not get on my stepper, but here are two quick things I always tried to remember on the days when motivation was lacking:
- I put my tennis-shoes on. Sure there were days when working out didn’t sound appealing but I found that once I actually put on my workout shoes and started walking or got on my stepper, I forgot that I didn’t even want to work out! Even if the workout wasn’t my best, I still got in a workout. Remember, something is always better than nothing.
- I remembered that exercise is good for people who suffer from depression. It doesn’t make everything okay, but I found that I felt better on the days when I got a workout in.
Okay, one more woo-hoo… WOO HOO!! 😀
What tips do you guys have for weight loss? Any tricks I should know about?