I’m a child of the 80’s, and I’ll start off by saying that Laura Branigan’s Self Control is one of the most awesome songs of that decade. Also, spoiler alert, it’s the #1 tip on my Top 5 List of how I lost over 65 pounds in one year, which I am sharing with you through 80’s music and personal advice. I worked hard, learned a lot, and feel the best I have in 20 years. I didn’t diet, take pills, or practice voodoo. I started eating better, eating less, working out, and eventually realizing, “Hey, I’m f*cking worth more than this bullshit. Time to change.” There is no secret, magic potion – you gotta bust your ass, but trust me, if you want something badly enough, it’s worth it. Most importantly, do what is best for you. Strive to be happy and healthy, and the rest will follow in time. Here’s my “before & after” – a span of 1 year and 2 months.
It’s not the first time you’ve tried to lose weight, right? It’s a new start, but learn from what worked and what didn’t in the past. It’s a lifestyle change; you have to incorporate exercise and diet into your everyday. Again, you have to. Don’t dwell on your struggles and failures with weight-loss. Be gentle with yourself. Don’t set unrealistic expectations or unattainable goals. Each time you try something, you get closer to succeeding. It’s a marathon, not a sprint. Relax, breathe, and start again.
I didn’t like who I saw. It wasn’t me. I felt trapped inside of a body that I didn’t recognize, like, or feel comfortable in – but until I looked in the mirror and owned my unhappiness, I wasn’t going to make any changes to be a happier, healthier person. I needed a HUGE serving of T (that’s the Truth). In order to put in the time and work it takes, you have to fully understand that you deserve better. To be and to want the vision you see in your head. Why would anyone do something so great for someone they don’t love? Love yourself.
A body in motion, stays in motion. No, you don’t need to run a triathlon or climb Mount Everest, but you need to move. I’m sorry. You just do. And it feels amazing. I know, I know. It hurts when you’re carrying extra weight. I’ve been there. A doctor once told me, “Just get on the treadmill. When you first start to sweat, stop. Do it again the next day.” I started slow, didn’t freak, and something that I did a little every day, turned into something I can’t live without. If I don’t make it to the gym, I crank up the music and dance in my apartment. I do yoga in Italian. I stretch or do sit-ups. I do something. Every day.
I never leave a table or meal full. Ever. You don’t need to. It feels gross, it’s not good for your body, and if you practice a few good eating habits, you’ll feel much better. I drink water with every meal and all day. I eat until I am about 70-75% full. After finishing, yeah, I’m still hungry, but after about 30 minutes, that goes away. I’ve had to teach myself that stuffing myself is NOT feeding myself. I eat less, and I also eat better. I’m always just a little hungry, but I have recognized that my hunger has often been confused with thirst (drink LOTS of water all day!), sadness, stress, etc. The exercise and yoga help with all of these, too. I also believe in the healing power of food (just wait until my post on tumeric) – so fill up on superfoods.
#1 Self Control
I avoid artificial anything as much as possible (even though it’s delicious), and I eat as natural as possible (tons of whole grains, healthy fats, fruits, and veggies). I also don’t deny myself ANYTHING. Sorry, not sorry. I’m human, life is short, and I refuse to go without cheesecake. It’s called self control. Decadent treats are once-in-a-while and in limited doses. I have to make decisions when I eat something. Is it worth the calories? Does it benefit my body? Is it delicious? What did I eat today? Did I get what I need from food? Is this fake or processed? Is a meteor going to hit the planet in the next five minutes ? So, yeah, I absolutely like an occasional Big Mac. I don’t eat them often, nor am I to cast the last stone. It tastes good. I know it’s full of crap. I know I can’t eat them all the time (or similar foods that are FILLED with preservatives, sodium, and fake shit). I’m not an idiot. On the contrary, I’m informed and making the best decisions…for me.
Thanks for reading – I’ll be sharing more tips, recipes, and other stuff meant to inspire. I’m not an asshole, so feel free to ask questions or start a discussion. It’s all good.