When it comes to a new year the pressure to better yourself is on a whole new level. People make unattainable goals and look for that "quick-fix" that can give them the results they want with as little effort as possible. I used to be this person. That was 90 pounds ago.
The past 4 years has been quite the journey for me. I decided to put myself first, spotlighting on my health. No pill, meal delivery service, crash diet, waist trainer, surgery, or trendy workout got me to where I am today. I know that is not what most people want to hear, but it is the truth.
Dedication, effort, time, and patience were and still are key. Living in Los Angeles there is always something to do: an excuse for drinks, a new and noteworthy restaurant opening, birthdays, girls nights out... the list is endless. I did not want my social life to come to a screeching halt so I had a lot of learning to do, and a lot of adjustments to make. It was, and continues to be a learning process.
Everything in moderation is the key to my success. Sure, it hasn't happened over night, but the fact that I have lost about 90 pounds and counting, and have not gained back a single pound makes me feel like I'm doing something right. With the help of my trainer John Diaz (more on him later, he deserves his own post) I have been following a 30% carb 30% fat 40% protein diet to the best of my abilities. It gives me enough wiggle room to still enjoy food, while monitoring what I'm fueling my body with. Sometimes it's as easy as taking that extra minute to truly think about what you are putting in your body to fuel it, not necessarily feed it. Need vs. want.
I know myself. I know that if I let myself get too hungry, I won't make smart food decisions. This is why most of my friends know me to have at least two snacks stashed away in my purse at any given time (again, more on snacks later). It took me a lot of trial and error to learn these little facts about myself. Listening to your body and learning its patterns is a huge part of this process. It makes all the difference.