Well, I’m down seven pounds in two weeks, which is not a whole lot in light of the 50+ I need to lose, but since I’m participating in Operation Muffin Top(ple) with my fellow fatties, and so many of you have been ultra supportive and on the same journey, I thought I’d share the Top 7 Things I’ve Learned While Losing 7 Pounds…
1) The old adage is true: “if you fail to plan, you plan to fail.” This is the ultimate truth in any goal, but in weight loss, it seems extra true. Planning is key. I made a meal plan with the help of my trainer, and every single night, I make my lunch. This eliminates the morning rush and ensures I’m not forced to stop and get something “bad” for lunch. My gym has a strict class schedule, so I enter the times I plan to attend classes and the name of the class into my phone and Google Calendar so it reminds me every single day of when I’m supposed to be there. I have learned that I need to make working out a priority—putting it on the calendar does it for me.
2) Find a buddy. I know, I know—I’m extraordinarily lucky in that I have a built-in partner since Andrew and I go together. But seriously! Find someone—a friend, your mom, a co-worker, someone you meet at the gym who seems kinda cool. But I know I’ve had days when I don’t want to go, or I want to eat something delicious or Andrew has the same struggle, and we’re able to keep the other on track. The emails traded between my Muffin Topple ladies and I have helped me too, as have emails I’ve received from those of you who’ve commented and shared. Find people to encourage you, and connect. Make plans.
3) Cute workout clothes. I don’t have many; however, I really like to feel comfortable when I work out. I’ve worn old t-shirts and hole-covered sweats but I really love it when I wear my black workout capri pants and my workout tanks (on sale at Target, yo!). I think I feel more comfortable when I feel semi-cute sweating like a pig.
4) Find something to look forward to. My trainer thinks I’ll be at a healthy weight and in great shape by November. November!? It’s not that far away. Whenever I feel like quitting, I think of how awesome it’ll feel to not be hiding my double chin in holiday pictures, and the cute dress I want to rock on New Year’s Eve. And when I’m feeling super adventurous I browse bikini’s and think about how hot I’ll be by next summer.
5) Music. I need it. If I’m doing any sort of cardio, it’s a must. I try and change up my playlist regularly so I don’t get bored. I like to really fill it with the most positive music I can so that I try and feel somewhat positive while I’m doing something that’s not my favorite.
6) Eat every 3 hours. No, I’m serious! I eat between 200-250 calories every 3 hours. I usually eat something at 7, 10, 1, 4 and 7—this means I’ve had breakfast and a snack, lunch, a snack before working out and dinner. Oh, and I drink nearly a gallon of water a day. It helps with the hunger. I’m trying to keep my calorie intake between 1100-1300 calories a day, per my trainer…this works well, so that just when I’m getting hungry, I know I get to eat very soon.
7) Treats! I eat 100 calorie treat every day: either a Hostess 100 Calorie pack or 2 pieces of Dove chocolate. Something sweet. If I want a larger treat, I usually try and wait first and see if I really want it. If so, I find a way to make it work: via extra cardio, skipping a snack and eating a small portion of it or, at the end of the day, giving myself a reward.
While I realize that these are not revolutionary tips, this is the truth of what’s helped me. What’s working—or not working—for those of you also on this journey?