I’ve decided to give an update on my weight loss journey. I honestly did not expect to get the response I did to my previous post How I Lost 20lbs in 2 Months. So first I want to say thank you to anyone who reached out to me with sweet and encouraging messages! I truly appreciated it.
Since making that post and posting about it on Instagram, I have received a ton of messages about how I lost my weight, what my typical meals look like, my exercise routine, etc. Like I said previously, I really did not expect the response I received. Like seriously, I get at least 3 or more messages a day just simply about this weight loss journey, and honestly I love it! haha. I’m by no means a fitness guru. Not even close! But I love that people can truly see the transformation I’ve made and hopefully I can inspire someone to create their own transformation. After these past four months, I 100% believe that anyone can do it!
So first I wanted to talk about how I lost my 33lbs. This is kind of a two part post and it goes along with How I Won My 30lb Battle. If you have ever struggled with weight/depression/anxiety/self-body-shaming/etc. then read this post! I am extremely open about my struggles in this post and I really hope it helps someone.
I also encourage you to check out How I Lost 20lbs in 2 Months to read more about this process, but here is how I did it:
- Weight Watchers
That’s it pretty much! It is really that simple. I have always heard this (& now I believe it), that losing weight is 80% food and 20% exercise.
Weight watchers is not a diet. It really isn’t. Weight watchers makes you accountable for what you are putting into your body, makes you aware of what you are putting into your body, and teaches you the right things to put into your body.
Here’s an idea of some things I might eat in a typical day:
- Breakfast: Fruit & yogurt; boiled egg; whole grain protein pancakes with sugar free syrup
- Lunch: Grilled Chicken, broccoli, and carrots; fresh salad (spinach, fat free feta, greek yogurt ranch dressing)
- Dinner: Zucchini noodles and spaghetti sauce; turkey burger; lentil noodles with alfredo sauce
- Snacks: Veges with greek yogurt ranch dressing; fruit; Smartfood Delight white cheddar popcorn (low calorie and my current obsession)
Cut your portions in half. When you make yourself a plate, visually make a line in the middle of your plate. Only eat one half. After you’ve eaten that half then decide, are you really still hungry or not? Being hungry and just wanting to eat more are two different things. Make yourself stop when you are full! I promise you’ll feel better all the way around. This was something I had to train myself to do. Especially if I go out to eat. I think to myself, I’m wasting money if I don’t eat this whole plate. You have to make yourself stop thinking that way. Instead, think of it as you’re getting two meals for the price of one because you are only eating half. Take the other half home with you and eat it for lunch the next day.
My number one tip would be don’t drink your calories. I used to drink at least one Dr. Pepper a day along with at least one glass of sweet tea. One bottle of Dr. Pepper is 13 points! One glass of the sweet tea I drank was 8 points! In just those two drinks, I’ve already used up all my points for the day. It is insane! Drink water as much as you can, but if you need a soda go for a diet drink.
I walk or run 3 miles nearly every night. I also try to do an 8 mile bike ride twice a week. This is a lot of cardio so I am not saying I have the best workout routine. If you talk to a pro they will tell you that you need to lift weights and switch things up. They are totally right but this is just what has worked for me personally. I don’t enjoy going to the gym and lifting but I don’t mind cardio. I think the most important thing is just to do something.
Secondly, I wanted to share a couple of my favorite motivation quotes that have helped me stay focused during this lifestyle change. You can see all of my favorite motivational quotes HERE.
Please understand that there is not a magic pill or quick fix. It just doesn’t exist. I didn’t lose this weight over night. It took 4 months of hard work and a strict diet to get me to this point. If I go back to eating cheesefries and McNuggets every day, I promise that I will gain it all back. It really is a lifestyle change no matter how cliché that may sound. I have literally had to change my lifestyle! I (well, Derek haha) has to meal prep and plan our meals. I have to make healthy choices, think about what I’m eating before I eat it, etc.
I really hope you also read How I Won My 30lb Battle because I think a lot of people deal with the same things I dealt with. I’ve said this before, but I am not a health and fitness guru. I don’t claim to be and I am far from it! I really don’t know much. All I know is that this is what worked for me, and if it can help someone else then I want to share. I know what it feels like to be desperate to get the weight off and just need some guidance or motivation or anything. I hope that someone, somewhere finds this helpful.