I have trigger foods. Some of those foods include pizza, cookies, chocolate cake, biscuits, and cheese. Anything that is in this family of foods I cannot resist. I either have to have a little and give the rest away or not have it in the house at ALL!!
I have to substitute foods and make certain health foods taste like the foods that I crave. This was a lot easier than I thought it would be.
I had to use the same energy that I used to obtain my MSW in studying all things fitness. Losing weight and being healthy had to become my passion. I studied hours of how to videos on youtube, fitness tutorials, and healthy food suggestions. The same passion and drive I used to work hard and graduate with a 3.8 GPA. I had to learn to harvest that energy towards my health goals.
Celebrate small achievements!! Every pound lost I made an appoint to tell someone and accept the pat on the back. So far I have lost 48 pounds, so that is 48 times I have randomly told someone (Tamar, My Mom, Tunnesia, Stacy or Tanya) that I lost another pound. These people mean the world to me and for every pound lost I received some positive affirmation from them it helped to motivate me.
Keeping a journal really does help you on the days you don’t feel like getting out of the bed or the couch. There are times when I am so tired I didn’t feel like going to the gym but the ability to look back and track my weight loss and GAINS have helped motivate me to stay on track.
Sometimes it ok not to get off the couch. There are days that it was not realistic that I was going to make it to the gym. Juggling many hats, relationships, and responsibilities can be very hard and tiring. There are days that I didn’t get off the couch because I didn’t want to and THAT IS OK!!
My body gains weight before dropping weight. I have read that weighing yourself everyday can drive you crazy and frustrate you and sometimes it did. BUT for ME it is like Christmas morning to wake up and see the pound or two that came off because I busted my butt in the gym the night before.
A workout doesn’t have to be in the gym. The hardest part to me is finding balance between working daily, spending time with my husband, daughter, and still find time to socialize with my friends. I have learned to include them possible on my journey. My daughter likes to ride her bike and I needed to exercise, so letting her ride her bike at Mohegan park while I walked beside her just made sense. I didn’t feel guilty for ignoring her to work on me and we each were able to get our needs met. I applied this same concept to catching up with my friends. It wouldn’t be uncommon that they would get a random text or call asking them to meet me at the gym or a park.
I am a strong woman and I am proud of myself. One motivator for me was finishing school and finding a job as a therapist. I wanted to be my own and best client. I talk about behavior change in group like it is so easy. I wanted to coach, train, and counsel myself to a healthier life.