Lately a lot of people have been saying things about my weight loss. They keep saying that I look great. That I’m so inspiring. Then so many of them ask the inevitable question I know is coming. “What’s your secret?”
It really shouldn’t surprise me, since it’s a pretty common sentiment. So many people are looking for IT – the huge secret that divides those of us who lose weight successfully and those who don’t. The secret that will solve all our weight loss and body issues. That will make clothes fit right again, or get you into the size you wore in high school, or prior to children, or maybe just the number in your head you always thought you SHOULD be.
The thing about it is that it’s not a secret, not really. Its a frame of mind. If your head isn’t in it, you won’t succeed. You may do OK for a little while by going through the motions, but you won’t get far. You have to truly focus on it.
It’s happened to me a only few times, but just twice that I remember in detail. Once in college and now. The only way I can describe it is as if there’s a switch that flipped in my head – one that says, “yes, you’re going to do this.” I hope it stays on for good this time. It’s looking promising.
So what am I doing? Nothing that anyone can’t find for themselves. Weight loss, no matter what program or form it takes, boils down to a few simple things – eating less, and moving more. Here are a few guidelines I follow:
- Track your food. It really helps me know exactly what I’m eating and pinpoint how it influences my weight and feelings. Right now I track both in MFP and WW – I find that they offer me different things and am enjoying tracking in both…for now.
- Make good food choices. Weight Watchers calls this the “good health guidelines.” Basically, I am to eat more fruits and veggies, get enough dairy, choose whole grains, etc. All the common sense things we KNOW and try to ignore when we feel like it.
- Drink water. I drink a TON of water each day and am constantly filling up my water bottle. It’s pretty much the only thing I crave when I’m thirsty. And my water bottle? It’s just a simple disposable bottle that I keep refilling. I tried having a permanent one several times but kept losing it, so refilling the disposable ones works for me. This way, if I lose it, it isn’t a big deal.
- Move. My fitbit helps a TON with this. It isn’t necessarily about fitting in an hour workout every day. Maybe you take a 10 minute walk. Maybe you run up and down the stairs for 5 minutes. Maybe you play on the playground with your kids. Maybe, like me, you go to the office gym and walk on the treadmill at lunch. I think people build exercise up into more than it needs to be – sometimes the little things add up and work just as well as the big things.
As of my last weigh in, I’m at 193.6 pounds. I literally do not remember the last time I was this weight. I could look it up if I wanted (I kept the hard copy of my Weight Watchers records even though I deleted the online history), but it’s not important. What’s important is that as I see each new number, I say goodbye to it a short while later.
48.6 pounds to go!
What would you like to know about my weight loss journey? Would you like to see what I eat each day? A typical workout? Maybe the amount of water I’m drinking and when? Let me know!