Today starts the rest of your life…I do mean that! You are about to transform into someone that you never knew you could be. Changes will happen. Get ready to be a happy, active bundle of sunshine!
First things first…
1. Grab some yarn and wrap it around your tummy. Keep this yarn and from time to time wrap it around you. You will be able to see how you are shrinking.
2. Find that outfit you always wear…Put this outfit away. When you finally hit your goal, try them on. I ALMOST grabbed my outfit this weekend, but I thought about it and stopped. I have 20 more pounds before I can try it on.
3. PICTURES!!! Take tons of pictures. Not just your first day pictures…take them all the time. YES, I’m telling you to take a selfie and lots of them. You will thank me. On the day when you feel defeated because you haven’t lost in a month, you will scroll through your camera roll and see those pudgy cheeks that aren’t there anymore. You will see how you change from month to month. You can put this together in an album and see how you tone. I’ve been doing this around three years now. I love doing year out pictures, like June 2013 and June 2014. These are the things that motivate me.
4. Decide what your goal is. Maybe a certain weight or pant size or maybe you just want more energy. Be realistic…100 pounds in 4 months…NOT realistic.
5. Now take that FINAL goal and create mini goals. Each month I make myself a small goal, for July my goal is 5 pounds. I actually break down the entire year that way.
6. Get use to REALITY-You are going to stall, get stressed, and feel defeated. This is a S-L-O-W process. You have to dig down deep and find your Determination, Strength, and Will Power. When you fall off the wagon, take a deep breathe, look at those pictures, run to your support system, and get back on the wagon. If you had one too many sweets, hit that water hard. FLUSH out the toxins. Keep in mind WHY you are doing this.
People always ask if I did this for a man and then say (before I can answer) “if so you will gain it all back.” I let them finish and then smile; I did this for ME…my happiness, my future. I have a vision of what I want to be and I’m not stopping until I get there.
7. Find that support system. Get a group together. We are addicts…we might not be shooting up drugs or taking shots, but we are addicts. We get comfort from food. This will always be our challenge. The best thing to do, stay with those that lift you up, find new hobby’s, and make a lifestyle change…not a DIET, quick fix.
8. DO NOT GO OVERBOARD!!! Hitting the gym three hours and eating 700 calories will only get you hurt… EAT! I eat six small meals a day and I exercise in moderation. I don’t want you to get discouraged and give up. Start small and work your way up.
9. Make yourself accountable...I do this with you guys...posting my progress and foods etc. I use motivating others as a way to motivate myself.
1. Remember...ROME wasn't built overnight...the new you won't be either.
NOW....I haven't shown many people what I'm about to show you guys, but I want you to know that if I am strong enough to do this so are you guys. In the pictures you will clearly see that I have flaws and there's work to be done. I'm showing you myself to motivate you and show you the reality...you will have work to do for a very long time. I am not perfect, but I'm better than I was yesterday.
This is my current before and after...you will want to make these as well!
I have NEVER EVER been able to wear a bikini...
A. I've always been too big B. I was to modest and scared
I'm terrified to show you guys this, but I know that I can help so many of you by showing you a REAL woman in progress.
Left is June 2013, I had been working so hard on this lifestyle...I was so proud as you can see by my smile...I was down 50 pounds. I don't have any June 2012 pictures...mainly because I avoided activities requiring such attire.
The right is June 2014, down 100 pounds. Clearly more work to be done. I have never wore this in public, but I have it around for encouragement.
I hope this helps you with the realization that you can do this too, but it does take time! If facing one of my fears by showing you the real me helps just one of you, then I am proud I did so.
NOW....if you are ready to change YOUR life get ready.... check out my "Change is a Good Thing" post to get you started. It is in the February 2013 posts.