Welcome to all of you! I've been hangin around here since May & I have to say it has made all the difference in my weight loss. At first I just joined for the Calorie Counter blackberry app, but ended up taking advantage of the huge support community here. I am happy to say I've made tons of great friends here who understand the ups & downs I go through better than anyone else I know.
Just looking back on my own experience with my current weight loss, there are a few thoughts I can share:
- Make a decision. Whatever your reasons are for losing weight (& it's a great idea to write them down, incidentally), make a commitment to yourself to do it. You don't have to work out all the details of how or how long it will take or any of that, just decide to do it, no matter what. You'll be amazed how all of your choices eventually become shaped by that one decision.
- Be kind to yourself. From the beginning I told myself this would be a positive experience. Not necessarily easy, but definitely not restrictive or prohibitive. I didn't want to make it easy for myself to cop out, & you might if you're doing something you hate. Allow yourself to indulge once in a while...real life is not a prescribed diet. Disclaimer: If you ARE on a prescribed diet like Atkins that involves ketosis, be careful what you indulge in. I'm not an expert on Atkins so that's all I will say about that.
- Don't view this as a "diet," which implies something temporary. View it as a new way of living that will lengthen your life by improving your health & your ability to experience everything that is out there for you to experience!
- Don't try to do too much at once. Small changes will stick better than complete overhauls. They say it takes 21 days for anything to become habit & I believe this to be true. I started out on SlimFast & used it to get my eating habits under control. Once I was comfortable with the reduced calories & eating regularly, then I moved on to focusing on exercise. Working on one thing at a time has been very effective for me.
- Be honest with yourself about your weaknesses. We all have them. For me, my problem was loading up on coffee in the mornings, not eating all day, then eating too much at dinner. Add a sedentary lifestyle & you end up with a 316 lb Me. Part of what I hoped to accomplish with SlimFast was to get me eating at regular intervals. I found that eating something small with enough calories & nutrition to wake up my metabolism yet keep me satisfied worked great. It wasn't long before I automatically started getting hungry every few hours so that was a sign it was working.
- Pay attention to your body. I didn't have a timetable for when any of this was going to happen. I just focused on one thing at a time, & my body let me know when it was time for something else. Once I started increasing the intensity of my exercise, I was getting too hungry for SlimFast to keep me satisfied, so I switched to eating regular food & just tracking the calories. Be open to making adjustments when you need to.
- Try to be patient. It's hard. We all know we didn't become overweight overnight, but it's still hard. Especially when you hit the inevitable plateau that plagues all of us at one time or another. When that happens, look to other measures of your success, not just the scale. Look at how your clothes are fitting, or how you can do something physically that you couldn't do before you started losing weight. Talk to your buddies here or read through posts on the forums for inspiration.
If someone like me can go from weighing 316 lbs & sitting around all day to being able to jog for 4 minutes straight (without dying!) in less than 4 months, you can DEFINITELY do this!
I'll stop rambling, feel free to buddy request me. Hope to see you around!
| NO EXCUSES, JUST RESULTS
| Next milestone - 256: 60 lbs lost2013:
still up from 1/1, but coming back down...2010:
50.4 lbs lost | 2011:
17 lbs lost | 2012:
1 lb gained
How I did it: http://stubbysticks.wordpress.com/weight-loss-summary-by-month/