Sometimes when I am stuck for ideas of what I want to write about, I like to read an article and jot down information that I think is important, or that relates to me somehow. Today was one of those days...
I figured another "article info" entry would be a good idea. I've started the momentum of losing 25 lbs, but I've still got over 50 lbs to go.
This article is called "Where To Start If You Have 50 + Pounds To Lose" ttps://www.sparkpeople.c
Although I've technically already "started", I'm still open to advice and insight. These are 9 tips to think about and utilize.
#1 - Be Patient: Oh...My...Word... This is definitely something for me to remember. I didn't gain all this weight overnight, so I shouldn't expect it to melt off like ice cream on a hot day. I need to take this journey one pound at a time. "Slow weight loss is sustainable weight loss." It's not a race!
#2 - Find An Inspirational Mentor: I follow some very inspirational people on Instagram and check in regularly with my 5% Challenge Group, The Determined Daisies. I also have a good friend that is a constant support and inspiration to me.
#3 - Know Exactly What You're Eating: I'm an on and off food tracker, and I do think it's healthy for me to take tracking breaks. When I do track, it's 100 %...I'm all in. I think it has helped me make more conscious decisions even when not tracking. I also think tracking helps me practice self-forgiveness.
#4 - Cut A Healthy Number Of Calories: I like how tracking shows me how many calories per meal I am eating. I try and stay under 2, 000 calories a day, but not too far under. The majority of the time I am tracking my meals, I am in a good calorie range.
#5 - Step Off The Scale: I don't weigh myself daily, but I do weigh myself twice a week right now. My personal weigh-in day and my 5% Challenge weigh-in days are different. I know I could combine them, but that would stress me out. I guess I'm a tad OCD about it? I didn't take my measurements for about 6 months earlier this year, but I am trying to do them every 3 months now.
#6 - Mix Up Your Workouts: This is definitely an "essential ingredient" that I need to include more. My daily walks are not enough.
#7 - Focus On Your Strength: I take time every day to have gratitude for my body and all that it is able to do for me.
#8 - Don't Underestimate The Magic Of Daily Movement: I am walking daily. No. Matter. What. Even if I have to use the treadmill.
#9 - Build One Good Habit At A Time: I'm learning to do this tip for sure. My next habit I want to enforce is doing a strength workout at least once a week. Totally doable.