I promise this blog is not going to become a health & fitness blog. Promise. BUT I’ve had a few people ask how I lost weight, so I’ll share some stuff. GUYS I am not a health professional by any means, so please take this all with a grain of salt! These are just a few things that worked (and continue to work) for me. I’m not promising the same results, everyone’s bodies are completely different! (This is so weird to me; this kind of stuff shouldn’t be on a photography blog! But it’s important to me so wheeee!)
– Gettin’ healthy is alllll about the good-for-you foods. I don’t even buy crappy stuff anymore (or else I’ll eat it! go figure)(although a few weeks ago I did buy (and ate!) a pint of Ben&Jerry’s. And then my stomach hated me). My groceries are mostly fresh veggies & lots of fruits, as well as lean meats, nuts, milk, yogurt, oatmeal, salsa, brown rice, honey & granola bars. I do buy the frozen steam-able veggies in case I need something fast. Yeah, it’s boring. But it’s what I like (love!). I like knowing exactly what I’m putting in my body.
–Breakfast: always eat it! It’ll get you filled up so you’re less likely to snack during the day. Eat protein to keep you full for longer. (eggs, toast or a banana w/ peanut butter, oatmeal w/ almonds).
– Normally I eat when I’m bored, but now I drink tea instead of mindlessly eating. (Example: at last year’s Superbowl Party there was tons of good food. I’d already eaten dinner & knew I didn’t need any more calories… so I brought my own mug and tea bags over to my friends’ house & downed probably 3 mugs of tea & only ate one brownie or something. When normally I would have had 4 plus chips & salsa.) I recommend: green, lemon ginger, chamomile & chocolate mint.
– Apples: Really good on-the-go food. Like… they have best friend status in my life.
– Water, tea, coffee, soy milk & OJ: the only things I drink on a regular basis. Exceptions: Chai lattes when I’m sad (or when it’s cold out and I happen to walk past a Starbucks). Birch beer at family reunions. Lemonade at weddings. Wine when someone offers (especially if there’s chocolate involved).
– Don’t deprive yourself! Sometimes I’ll get a chai latte or have a few (too many?) York Patties (there’s a stash at work and I can’t stay away! ah!) but those are the things that keep me sane. If I told myself “No chocolate until Christmas” I’d do great for two days and then want to eat the whole candy isle at the grocery store.
– Just like my tea trick, fruit is a great sub for sweets. OMG BERRIES! Blueberries are JUST like candy. Really. I promise.
– College kids! Ramen isn’t the answer! If you want fast and cheap, try instant oatmeal or soups with low sodium in those on-the-go packages.
– Eating out: Salads with chicken are my go-to. Ask for dressings on the side. If you’re me, you skip the dressing (I don’t want that weird, gooey stuff taking over the yummy tastes of my tomatoes & cucumbers!) If you’re at, say, UNOs, where there is literally only pizza, get the one with the most veggies. Or if you’re at a weird place you’ve never been to and will never go to again (read: Wagamama’s), get something crazy and don’t feel bad about it.
– Actually. Don’t feel bad about anything. Tomorrow is a new day. Start fresh. You got this.
– Start small. I can’t stress this enough! Obviously I didn’t run 3 straight miles on the first try. I couldn’t even run for 5 minutes! I clearly remember texting my mom a few weeks into my running career saying “Mom! I just ran for 17 minutes without stopping!” Take it slow. Slowly, but surely. Don’t stop because the first few workouts suck. Push through it and ROCK!
– Do stuff you like. Running ain’t your thing? Then swim! Or bike! Or kickbox! Whatever you can do to get your bod moving.
– Exercise EARLY! Before school or work. Because that way, you’ll get your workout in before you even have a CHANCE to say “I’m so tired from my day, I’ll do it tomorrow.” Or some days, if you’re like me, it’s more like “Just do it now so I can get it over with.” (P.S I haven’t done the early morning thing all summer, but did it during the school year and it really helped, so I’m going to start doing it again!)
– Stick to a schedule! (This is what I’m strugglin’ with right now with my ever-fluctuating shift jobs) Eat at the same times. Run at the same times. Why? Because your body will get used to it and at 5:30 pm your body will be like “Wherrrrre is my 3 mile run, Stephanie?! I need it!” And then you’ll go run. And feel great. And be awesome. Also, then you won’t have to “stock up” on breakfast because you haven’t the slightest clue when you’re going to eat lunch, you know.
– Tell people you’re starting on a ‘get healthy’ journey. They’ll only encourage you and keep you accountable.
– I also found that blogging specifically about my get healthy journey helped me to get my thoughts straight and keep my goals in one place. Tumblr has a great weight loss community. If you feel so inclined, you can look at my blog over there.
– GOALS! Set them, peeps! It helps you keep movin’ forward! My original goal was to lose 22 pounds by my 22nd birthday. Did it. My next goal was size 8 jeans. Did it. My NEW goal is run this half marathon in UNDER 2:20:00! EEEEE! I’m so scared!
So there you go. Hope it was helpful and slightly motivating. And now here’s an embarrassing before and after photo of me to show you that this stuff does work. Promise.