So far blogging is so fun! Thank you so much for all your sweet message and words of encouragement. I swear that this blog will not just be about me and my weight loss. I’m going to post about nutrition, good recipes, fitness tips, yoga videos, etc. But the feedback that I got from my first post was people wanting to know how I lost 50 pounds. So, here it is.
1.) I didn’t do it alone. I couldn’t have lost 50 pounds without Miles. He had quite a bit of weight to lose after college too. Sometimes people don’t even recognize him. His transformation was pretty extreme. We went into this knowing that it was going to be a lifestyle change. There were so many days that I didn’t want to get out of bed and go to the gym, and he got my lazy ass out of bed and we went together. There were days where he wanted to go out to eat something unhealthy, and I would stand strong that we were going to stay on track. We supported each other the whole way and we both lost 50 pounds. Here are the before and after pics.
This kind of support is so important. I watch so many of my clients struggle because their spouse isn’t on board with their nutrition plan. Some of these women end up making three meals a night- one for their kids, one for them and one for their husbands. That is so hard! If you aren’t getting the support at home, find a friend or a co-worker. It is so much easier if you are going through this journey with someone else.
2.) It’s 80 percent nutrition. I didn’t understand this for a long time. I trained for a full marathon and gained 7 pounds during the process…seriously, that actually happened. It was heartbreaking. It doesn’t matter if you are the queen of cardio, if your nutrition isn’t on point YOU WILL NOT GET THE RESULTS YOU ARE LOOKING FOR. I believe in eating clean. Get rid of all the processed shit. If you can’t pronounce something in the ingredients of your food, why the fuck would you eat it? Some people think that sounds strict or extreme, but I love eating whole, non-processed foods. I’m not depriving myself, what I eat is completely delicious.
3.) I log my food…everyday. Sound like too much work? Then you don’t really want it. It is very simple, if I log my food, I lose weight. If I don’t log my food, I don’t lose weight. I hear a lot of, “I’m too busy, my kids make my life crazy, I eat the same thing everyday so I don’t need to log, etc….” Really? It takes 15 minutes. Just do it.
4.) I do an hour of cardio 5-6 days a week.
5.) I strength train 3-4 days a week. This is what I was missing for a long time. Bad news…cardio and yoga isn’t enough. You have to build lean muscle mass in order for your body to burn more calories at rest. Hire a trainer. It’s worth the money. Everyone needs that extra push and accountability. I hired Amanda, and I was lucky enough to have access to one of the best trainers in the country. Doesn’t she look sweet? Her looks are VERY deceiving. She is a serious, hard-core ass kicker!
So, that’s it. Simple enough, right? It really IS simple, it just takes hard work and discipline. You just have to want it bad enough to make the change. I still have cheat days, I still treat myself to wine on the weekends, I still go out with my friends and have an awesome time. I am not perfect. I am a work in progress and will continue to work at this every day. I still slip up and have to put myself back together and get back on track. I just log my food and take responsiblity for my choices.