Take things slow, this isn’t a race!

Posted: January 26, 2011 in Hints & Tips

Time for changeSome of you are new to this weight-loss thing, others may have tried every diet in the book!

Here are some of the lessons I have learned along the way to help me lose weight and not gain it back….

# 1 – The hardest lesson I had to learn when I started to lose weight and get healthier was you can’t do it all at once. A lot of reasons why I failed in the past was because I tried making too many lifestyle changes all at the same time. This doesn’t always work. I’m not saying their aren’t some people out there that made a change over-night and succeeded. I’m just saying most people don’t… it works for a little while, it gets too hard, so you give up.

Losing weight is hard, exercising when you’re not use to it, is hard, eating healthy is hard. You need to go in with a plan.. This is a lifestyle change, it’s not a diet you go on for a couple of months to lose some weight. You need to change the way you live! Forever! Period!

#2 – The second biggest lesson I had to learn was that I can’t control everything.. Even if you have a plan set for the week, life happens! Things come up, plans change.. you must be flexible and live your life!

#3 – Don’t starve yourself! You might see results right away but this is no way to lose weight and is not healthy! Your body will go into survival mode when you skip a meal and start storing fat instead of getting rid of it. It’s best to eat healthier, smaller meals and snacks every 3-4 hours throughout the day to keep your blood sugar levels steady and your energy continuous throughout the day.. Your body with thank you for it, I promise you!

#4 – Take the word “DIET” out of your vocabulary – “DIETS” are something that you go on for a couple of months to get the results you want, then return back to your normal eating after. Sorry to say this but these “diets” aren’t worth the effort. The whole idea to this is that you enjoy the foods you eat, that you still allow yourself to enjoy the odd treat.. Just don’t overdo it! It’s okay to eat good 95% of the time and 5% save for the night out with friends or that chocolate bar you have craved all week. The trick is to not have a CHEAT DAY, have a cheat snack or cheat meal. After you’re done, forget it ever happened and move on. Don’t feel guilty about it. You shouldn’t have to restrict yourself from foods you enjoy for long periods of time. This will just frustrate you, you’ll give up, you’ll end up gaining back the weight you took off and gain even more weight back on.

#5 – Learn to listen to your body, when you have stomach pains after you eat, your body is telling you something, when you are aching and don’t know why, try to find out the reason. People don’t think you hurt just because you do, that’s you. There’s a reason for it. Consider yourself lucky that you feel the pain, some people have silent killers lurking in their bodies. They don’t know that they are hurting inside so they continue not doing anything about it. They’re a walking time bomb, until one day something big happens, a health scare and then you have to change.. don’t wait for that day, please! Do the changes now, when you can!

#6 – Don’t look at exercise, eating healthy, working out as a way to lose weight. It’s not something you do until you reach your goal weight. This isn’t something you do for the short-term. If you look at this as a challenge, as a way to enjoy life, to have fun, to have new experiences, learn new things, you’ll enjoy it that much more and you’ll be getting healthier doing it. This is purely for your health, you can still be overweight and healthy. Studies have shown that people who still have weight on them (not around the waist) but are regularly exercising and eating healthy, those people could be just as healthy as those who are at a good weight, sometimes even healthier if those people who are skinnier aren’t exercising or eating healthy. Read a great story on this in TIME.

You CAN have fun exercising, you just have to find things that you like to do, mix things up, don’t do the same thing every day or you’ll get bored.

There are MANY more lessons I have learned over the past couple of years. I can’t fit them all into one blog, I’ll be here all night! So I’ll be sure to add more as we go along. If you have a lesson you’ve learned during your weight-loss experience and would like to share, sound off in the comments section or send me an email: tiana.macleod@sunmedia.ca

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