If you’ve been following me for a while you’d know that about a year ago I started my health/weight loss journey. BOY was it a journey! Here I am 8 months later and 35 pounds down. I have successfully kept ALL of the weight off, and since the end of my cleanse have lost 5 additional pounds. Today I want to talk about how I’ve kept the weight off and lost a little more in the process. If you’re new and aren’t familiar with the cleanse I’m referring to, you can find a video here all about it!
Okay so here’s the deal, there are literally millions of resources ALL over the place on how to lose weight, different diets to try, things to cut out, etc. but what I’ve found isn’t as attainable is HOW to keep the weight off. For instance, on my weight loss journey I had to go through drastic measures and pretty much cut EVERYTHING out for a solid three months. If you watch my video you’ll understand why (it wasn’t just for weight purposes it was for digestive health as well). Obviously, an extremely strict cleanse like the one I did wasn’t sustainable for the rest of my life, so when my cleanse ended I was like a kid in a candy store. I honestly didn’t know how to live with out my doctor’s help, so I had to figure it out.
When my cleanse ended I was 30 pounds down, since then I’ve lost 5 more, which honestly took me forever and I still have 20 more I want to lose, but what I think is important and what I’ve learned over the last 8 months is that balance is everything. It’s not sustainable to live off of vegetables and chicken forever. I mean if that’s how you live good for you, but I need some pasta in my life and I don’t want to feel restricted. KEYWORD HERE: RESTRICTION! Don’t restrict yourself. LIVE A LITTLE!
Anyways, I’ve compiled a list of things I’ve done over the year to still enjoy myself but maintain a healthy lifestyle.
- Mindset: You guys your mindset is EVERYTHING. Instead of thinking about all of the foods you can’t eat, focus on how you feel. Ask yourself, will I feel good after I eat this bag of chips? probably not, so go with the carrots, lol. But seriously, don’t be so hard on yourself. If you restrict yourself and focus on the negative you’ll never succeed. There is no reason to be so hard on yourself, so what you ate a piece of cake? Don’t beat yourself up over it and go run 5 miles out of guilt. It’s okay to indulge every once in a while.
- Workout: I never thought I’d say this, and honestly I’m cringing a little writing this, but working out has been integral in my success. While I was cleansing, I wasn’t working out, mainly because I hated it and also because I was already starving, why add more pain? However, when I stopped cleansing and began introducing food groups back into my diet, if I didn’t start working out the weight would start piling up. Since December I have worked out religiously 5x a week, sometimes 6, and I’m finally to the point where I kind of enjoy working out. I have gained NOT AN OUNCE! & I’ve definitely had my fair share of indulgences. It has changed me in so many ways, my stress levels have gone down, I’m more lean, and most importantly I’m stronger, not only physically but mentally. So 10/10 V recommend working out.
- Balance: I mentioned this before, but balance is key. You can have the pasta, but you don’t have to have the ice cream too. If you know you’re going out to dinner and are going to indulge, then make healthy choices that day and make sure you get a work out in. Just because you have the entire plate of pasta in front of you, doesn’t mean you have to eat it all. Be aware and you’ll be good!
- Portion control: This kind of goes with balance, but just be conscious of how much you’re eating. Portions in American restaurants are unreal. You don’t need the 10 ounce steak and bowl of potatoes, eat half. If you have issues portioning out your food, get a food scale so you know exactly how much you’re having. Also, try using smaller plates, the less food that fits, the better.
If you have any questions on the specific cleanse I did or want an accountability partner, NEVER hesitate to reach out. Weight loss isn’t easy, and you’re not alone!