Another year has come and gone in the blink of an eye. I swear, the older I get, the faster time flies by. We have now entered that time of year where everyone analyzes their past and makes goals for their future.
As I have stated many times before, I am not one for New Year's resolutions. I like to live a balanced life and continuously strive to better myself - mind, body, and soul. I did not lose 100 pounds because I set a New Year's resolution. I did not decide that "my diet starts on Monday." I simply wanted to work towards a healthier ME and it has been an EVERY DAY, minute by minute decision ever since.
I have touched on this before, however I know there are a few new faces in the mix now, so I thought I would revisit it. The questions I get asked repeatedly...How did you do it? What is the secret to losing weight? Well, for starters there is no secret and there are no short cuts for losing and keeping the weight off.
My journey started when I was in my mid-twenties and it started with Weight Watchers. A girlfriend of mine had just reached her goal weight by way of Weight Watchers and with the support of my best friend, we joined together. I lost my first 40-50 pounds (I don't remember exactly) with Weight Watchers alone, no real exercise... the gym was something very intimidating to me. I would recommend Weight Watchers to any and everyone. It was an incredible tool for someone like me, who at the time, had no knowledge on nutrition.
When I felt that I had made a significant amount of progress with Weight Watchers, I decided I was ready to take on the rest of my journey without my membership. I had a good grasp on what my body needed to fuel itself and I started incorporating walking into the mix. I joined and quit a gym or two... learning that it was just not for me. I still went out with my friends, drank, brunched, experienced new restaurants, and even ate all of my favorite foods. To be honest, I think that is why I have been so successful with my weight loss - it was never extreme.
For the past three years, I have been working with an amazing trainer, John Diaz. Up until John, working out was just not something I did comfortably, with any knowledge, or really at all. I can not express how important it is to move your body, sweat, and push yourself mentally. More than this, is the importance of finding a trainer (or workout) that works for YOU. Do not follow trends, do not believe the hype, do not assume that just because a trainer is expensive that they are the best. I workout with John three days a week for 1 hour long sessions. Monday we lift, Wednesday is Kick Boxing (my favorite), and Friday is circuit training. I try to workout 5-6 days a week, so the other days I incorporate hiking and spin, two workouts I couldn't have even imagines attempting, let alone participating in weekly earlier in my journey. The key: I love my workouts. I grew to enjoy and crave the mental and physical push.
I eat 5 small meals every day. Some of my current favorite staples are - low fat cottage cheese, Svelte protein shakes, Kind Bars, string cheese, fresh fruits and veggies, stir fry, chopped salads, trail mix, gluten free pretzels, sushi, home made sandwiches, chocolate, oatmeal... the list goes on and on! Point being - I eat, constantly. I live for a good bread basket, pizza, and chocolate.
Yes, there are days that I have to fight the urge to bail on my workout, there are weeks where I have more than one treat meal, but I try not to beat myself up over it. I enjoy every holiday, my birthday celebrations tend to be a few weeks long, I travel, I party... I am human. My journey will never be over, but every day I am learning more about myself, what I am capable of, and how to be okay with loosening the reigns every now and then.
I am an open book. If you have any questions or want more specifics on anything that I touched on in this post or any of my previous posts, do not hesitate to comment below or email me! And don't forget, change doesn't happen overnight. Allow yourself to be human. Living a healthy lifestyle will make your journey that much more enjoyable.