Just Do YOU

18 Nov

There are at least a gazillion different diet plans out there these days, and if you’re anything like me, they can stress you out, leave you feeling helpless and like a failure.  I’m here to tell you that you have to figure out what works for you, and you don’t have to stress yourself out about it either.  I’ll give you a little insight into how I’ve morphed over the last few months.

When I started out to lose weight, I cut my calorie consumption down to 1200 a day.  I still ate whatever I wanted to, but when I ran out of calories, I was done for the day.  It worked (not gonna say it didn’t), and I was not exercising at all.  I lost 45ish pounds.  I started working out with a trainer, and I HAD to eat more.  You can’t function on 1200 calories a day and work out as hard as I was.  I also decided at this time to start “eating clean” and those of you who know me well know I DO NOT cook.  This was a major adjustment for me, because eating clean requires eating at home.  Here is what my days consisted of during that period:

Alarm goes off at 4:40 am, get dressed for work, fix breakfast, lunch and snacks for the day.  6:00-4:00 work.  Go home and eat a snack and head to the trainer.  Work out for 1 to 1 1/2 hours.  Go back home (barely being able to move).  Figure out what to cook for dinner, cook it, eat it and clean up after it.  Get my clothes ready for the next day and take a bath.  11:00 pm go to bed.  

As you can see, there wasn’t enough time in the day to get it all done and get some sleep too, and never mind having a second to relax.  I was exhausted, stressed out and frankly pissed off during much of this time.  Something had to give, and give it did.  I don’t cook anymore.  I still eat breakfast at home and bring my lunch and snacks to work, but at dinner time (most days) we eat out.  Can you eat out and still lose weight?  Yep, you sure can; I’m living proof.  I choose the healthiest options available wherever we eat.  No, it’s not the “best” way to lose weight, but let me tell ya, it’s better than NOT losing weight. So there.

I’ve lost a total of 60 pounds (this go-round) and if you measure the difference between now and my heaviest weight, I’ve gotten rid of 151.  I’ve tried it all.  The best way to lose weight is to stop obsessing about it and figure out what works for YOU.  The rest will fall into place as it should.

xoxox ~Aimee

Finding Your Motivation

26 Oct

I’ve had several requests for help with motivation, so I thought I would share a little bit about that.  First, let me tell you that I cannot motivate you to lose weight or get in shape, you have to do that for yourself.  I will tell you about what motivates me, and help guide you to your motivation.  We are all different creatures, so what motivates one person won’t necessarily do it for another.

I felt sluggish for a good year before I made the decision to change my life and my habits, but that is what motivated me to do it.  I was exhausted all of the time and felt like a blob!  I didn’t want to do anything when I got home from work but sit.  That’s not good!  I decided then and there it was time to shed the extra weight that I had put back on, so I could get my life back.  It took me a lot of trial and error to get it right, but I finally did.  I lost about 47 lbs with dietary changes alone.  I did feel a lot better, but sometimes I was still tired.  In March of 2011, I started working with a personal trainer (this was a MAJOR stretch for me, since I hate to exercise).  I have since lost another 10 lbs without even trying to.  I still don’t enjoy the act of exercising, but it has made such a wonderful difference in my body and most of all how I feel.  I make an appointment with myself every day (with the exception of 1 or 2 planned rest days), and I keep them.  That is MY time.

How do you feel physically?  Are you tired?  Out of breath?  How do you feel emotionally?  Why do you want to change?  You must ask yourself these questions and answer them honestly.  If you just want to change to look better, that’s ok!  It’s most definitely a wonderful side effect 🙂  Whatever your reasons for wanting to change, therein lies your motivation.

About the “want to” part of it.  You don’t have to want to, you just have to DO (it’s called discipline).  There are lots of little changes you can make that shouldn’t feel too much like giving up the things you love.  As a matter of fact, I’m a firm believer in continuing to enjoy those things or your plans will eventually fail.  The trick is moderation.  Instead of ice cream (or fried food or whatever it is you love) every night for dessert, have it once a week or so.  Find an exercise that YOU enjoy.  I like jogging, but it’s not for everybody.  Try new things until you find something that fits you.  Once you master the first few changes, add some new ones.  You didn’t gain a bunch of weight overnight, and it’s going to take a little while for it to go away.

If you view this change as a positive step, you will be much more likely to succeed.  It all boils down to choices, and I know you’ll make the right choices for you!

~Aimee