Just the thought of dieting can exhaust most people. Counting calories, prepping meals, or even going to the grocery store more than once a week – it’s not easy and it’s definitely not convenient. Throw the forbidden thought of exercising in there and.. well, you’ve completely lost them.
It’s very easy to snack on a bag of this and stop to grab a bite of that; to sleep in an extra five minutes and ‘forget’ to pack a lunch, or even to skip the gym after a long day.
The process of losing weight, whether fifty pounds or five pounds, is going to take time and discipline. You have to be willing to make eating the right foods and exercising a priority. By no means does it just happen to lucky people. The millions of success stories, the woman in your yoga class that has the perfect body, or even your best friend that lost ten pounds – they had to make the same decisions, sacrifices, and changes that you will. Talking about where you want to be only matters if you’re taking the initiative to be there. Otherwise, it’s irrelevant.
Before you go over board, my suggestion is to start small. If you want to actually find something that works and is sustainable – critique, see how things go, and continue. Having lost around twenty pounds over the last six months, and with Chad competing again and needing to lose twenty five pounds, these three things have helped us time and time again.
Small Changes That Make a Big Difference
Walk at least three times a week
On our off days or even when we need a little pick me up, we hit the treadmill for about 20-30 minutes. It’s definitely not a HIIT workout or crazy cardio class that everyone loves but it gets our heart rates up a bit without putting any strain on our bodies. Sometimes even a light jog can throw my hips off for weeks so a brisk walk it is.
Eat three whole meals
This has been a game changer for me. I love snacking and picking at this and that but if you’re serious about losing weight or breaking unhealthy habits, this is definitely one to consider. Snacking leads to more snacking and more snacking leads to over eating in general. If you sit down and have a full, whole meal with a big ol’ glass of water, chances are you’re going to feel full and satisfied.
I’ve been having a lot of fun with coming up with new night time snacks. Chad’s on a pretty strict routine and I want to help him out as much as possible. He’s been loving my ‘banana gummies’ – I’ll be posting that recipe soon. Probably tomorrow. They’re supposed to be banana chips but either I’m inpatient or my oven just hates me because they’re always gummy. But he loves them and they’re healthy, sweet and satisfying. I also cut up a ton of veggies in the beginning of the week and put them into baggies. It’s so convenient to have everything prepared and cut up, it feels like a no brainer when you think about what to have as a night time snack.