I need to lose weight.
Have you ever said that to yourself? Maybe you’d like to lose 20, 50 or 100 lbs or more, maybe you’re diabetic or pre-diabetic and need to lose weight to help correct that condition, maybe you just want to be able to run around after your kids or grandkids and not get out of breath, maybe you just want to look better in your clothes and feel better in your own skin. There are tons of reasons why people want to lose weight, and one main reason why they don’t…it’s hard work!
If you are at a place in your life where you are wholeheartedly ready to make big changes and embrace a healthy lifestyle day in and day out, great…you’re 20 steps ahead of the game! Most of us just aren’t there, but that doesn’t mean we can’t get healthier.
Last year, when I started my journey toward health and fitness, I weighed 300 lbs. I didn’t get there overnight. Took me 52 years, but at 52, I was ready to make a change. If I had been ready 5 years earlier when I weighed 240 lbs…that would have been 60 lbs less I had to lose, but I wasn’t.
Giant lightbulb moment!!!
If I had known then, what I’ve learned in the past year, two things could have happened.
- I may have lost 10, 20, 50 lbs.
- I probably wouldn’t have gained another 60 lbs in 5 years.
If either of those had happened, when I was ready to make a change at 52, I would have started from a healthier place.
It would have been great if 10 years ago there had been someone I knew who had lost a lot of weight without surgery to give me some tips on how to incorporate small changes into my eating habits to make them healthier. So, it’s time for me to pay it forward and share some of what I’ve learned over the past year. Every week, I’ll share a weight loss tip with all of you. These are my personal tried and true strategies that I incorporated slowly last year and that I continue to use today. Take them for your own, embrace them, make them part of your life. Maybe, just maybe, you’ll lose a few pounds, or at least (and in my eyes, this is just as important) not gain any more.
Jan’s weekly weight loss tip number 1.
Know your weaknesses!!
Aka, don’t let it in the house rule.
We all have those foods or drinks that just get us every time. Whether we’re hungry or not, put it in front of us and we want it. For me, one of my biggest weaknesses is ice cream. Not frozen yogurt, or lite ice cream, or even the new Halo. Nope, not for me…I want full fat, full flavor ice cream. My go tos when I kept ice cream in the house? Ben & Jerry’s New York Super Fudge Chunk or Haagen Daas Vanilla Swiss Almond…Talenti’s Double Chocolate Chip Gelato was a very close third. My serving size? The whole pint.
If you know anything about me (Spot Jan’s story), you know I’m all about making a sustainable healthy lifestyle for myself now. Giving up ice cream isn’t sustainable. Not having it in the house is.
Let me say that again.
I don’t keep ice cream in the house.
If I did, I’d either eat the whole container or I’d have it every night, and I don’t need that. Instead, when I want an ice cream (and I do, every 7-10 days in the summer, less in the winter), I go to Crescent Ridge or Flint Farm and get a small chocolate chip cone with jimmies, and I enjoy every single bite of it. If I want a hot fudge sundae, I’ll go to Hilliard’s and get a small with vanilla chunky chip ice cream and almonds, and again, I’ll enjoy every bite. Then I won’t have one again for a couple weeks. The other benefit? I don’t crave ice cream because I know I can have it.
So that brings us back to you. How do you incorporate this tip into your life?
- Identify your biggest food and/or beverage weakness.
- Remove it from your house.
- Give yourself permission to go out and have a small serving of it when you really want it, as long as you don’t keep it in the house.
- Be sure you really want it before you go out and treat yourself. Per the dictionary, “a treat is an event or item that is out of the ordinary and gives great pleasure.” Keep it special and only have it occasionally.
You may identify more than 1 major food or beverage weakness for yourself when you really think about it. That’s ok. I have others as well, but ice cream was my biggest, so for now, start with just your biggest challenge. In a month, when you’re used to not having that item in your house, consider removing the next biggest from the house. Trying to do them all at once, potentially just sets you up for failure, and we are trying to create a sustainable life for ourselves.
And if right now you are thinking, I have to keep this item in the house for my spouse or my kids, ask yourself this…isn’t a healthier you better for them than easy access to this item? After all, when you decide to treat yourself to it (occasionally!), you can treat them too.
Anyway, that’s my first tip. Know your weakness…aka, the don’t keep it in the house rule! Stay tuned each week for more of my weekly weight loss tips. Be sure to sign up for our email list to make sure you don’t miss any!
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