I get it. When you see that somebody has accomplished the impossible, like losing weight, we are all eager to know “how?” The question I get the most when people see my Instagram weight loss transformation is, “How do I begin losing weight?” “Where do I start?”
I’m always very cautious when answering. Weight loss or the act of losing weight is an experience that is extremely individual. What works for me, may not work for you and so on and so forth.
Before I lost 60 LBS last November I struggled to stop the cycle of binge eating and weight loss restarts. I struggled. For real. I gave birth to my third child and actually gained MORE weight months AFTER he had been born.
It wasn’t until I became sick did I realize that I needed to make some changes.
01. Keep It Simple
First of all, postpartum weight loss, especially when the gain is in the triple digits will be a very long journey, it won’t be fast.
Deprivation never worked for me.
I’d deprive myself of the things I craved for a few days then I’d lose control and go on a binge and have to start over. I do not do that anymore.
Total workout exhaustion never worked either.
Doing a vigorous workout early into my journey just made me dread having to workout the next day. Dread fostered a mental environment for fear, fear turned into procrastination which lead way to excuses and then I never went back for day 2, or 3 or 8.
Build up some consistency before you try to somersault into weight loss.
Same goes for your eating. When you’re just beginning, try to focus on reducing one “bad” food from your diet for a set period of time and then another and another. Keep it simple.
Would you go 90 MPH on a motorcycle if it was your fist time being on one? Hell no. Don’t do that shit with losing weight either.
02. Gather Your Data | Know Yourself
STOP! trying to be like the fit ladies on Instagram and Youtube.
You are NOT them.
You are NOT up to their physical strength.
You are NOT ready to do what they do.
Understand that this is YOUR journey and you will need to figure out what works for YOU.
Don’t force their regimen into your life if it doesn’t fit. Results are results and it doesn’t matter how quick or slow you’ve achieved it. It’s your journey, get there at a pace that is most comfortable to you.
The data you’ve gathered over many years of weight loss failure/success is what you will use to keep you consistent.
My data (past failures) have taught me that putting something unobtainable (know yourself; for example GYM when I know I cannot get there due to my schedule) on my to-do list 1. delays my progress 2. gives me a “valid excuse” to not commit to my goals 3. makes me feel bad about myself when I do not show up for myself.
Know your strengths, know your self sabotage behaviors, know your triggers!
03. Accept Defeat and Begin Again
The biggest problem for me is that i get totally bummed after I’ve “failed.” I’ll have a great week and then the weekend comes along and i can’t resist a pizza or two and a cheat meal turns into a binge weekend and then things get ugly. I end up losing hope and continue stuffing my face with food that makes me feel good. Before you know it,it’s been three months since my last weight loss attempt.
This is not the way ladies. if you slip up and enjoy a pizza, bnge for the weekend, fuck all of that and keep it going. Get right back to the park or gym, get back to juicing or eating clean.
Forgive yourself for that mistake, gather your data and keep it moving. Don’t fall into the trap of feeling sorry for yourself, beating yourself up for human mistakes, accept your humanity and keep it going!
04. Shift your FOCUS, immediately.
Weight loss is just as mental as as it is physical. I’d even say it is MORE MENTAL than anything else. Losing weight will require an immense amount of mental stamina. You have to be willing to FOCUS on your goals.
This will require you to resist. How do you resist? How does a pizza lover resist enjoying a slice of pizza when the office staff treats you and all your co-workers for lunch? Focus. Your brain will go on a tangent. The only thing you will be able to focus on is, how good that slice of pizza looks and possibly how GOOD eating that pizza will make you feel.
Your focus is wrong. Focus or think really hard on your goals, and think of nothing else.
Do not let any other thought into your mind. For the most part, don’t give the office party too much thought. Acknowledge the presence of it, then move on, do something else. Step outside, allow all of it to be eaten but don’t spend to much time thinking about it.
This kind of focus takes practice but once you do it one time, you’ll be better equipped for a second time.
November 27, 2017 was a Monday and the very end of the month. I started anyway. Stop waiting for the first of the month, don’t wait for a Monday, quit planning and hoping and wishing and start doing.
You will never ever find the perfect time to start. It does not exist. You need nothing else but everything you are already equipped with to begin.
If you want to lose weight, literally take the very first step right now!
Edit June 22, 2018 Its been six months since I wrote this post and have lost a total of 60LBS. I currently weigh 216LBS.