When I started my weight loss journey in January of 2010, it took me until June of 2011 to fully reach my weight loss goal. It took me a year and a half to lose a little over a 100 pounds and I am glad I took my time because I decided from the start I needed to do things differently and NOT diet, I needed to change my lifestyle for permanent lasting healthy weight loss and I did. All these years later, now in September of 2017, I am still living my ‘Feel Fit Forever’ life. I created my ‘Feel Fit Forever’ Philosophy and designed it myself because I knew from previous experience that ‘diets’ did not work and I needed a lifestyle change instead. I figured out this particular way to do it and called it ‘Feel Fit Forever’ because it really does make you feel fit forever and feel good.
Here are some of My ‘Feel Fit Forever’ weight loss tips:
-It takes time to lose weight, honor the process; honor your personal journey
-Remember you should be hungry sometimes, but not starving; when you wait too long to eat and get too hungry you eat too much.
-You need to eat a balanced diet, and nothing else, to make your weight loss as easy as possible, in my opinion. These ‘diets’ that suggest eat healthy 80 percent of the time or others that suggest having one day a week as a ‘cheat day’, in my opinion, make losing weight harder than it has to be, because anytime you put anything in your mouth, either food or drink, it is either helping you or hurting you. When you have something that is not helping you, it actually makes everything harder for you, such as you will not feel as good or have the energy that you would, you will get cravings and much more hunger from foods and drinks that are not helping you. Lastly, you will not be re-teaching your body the new foods to love and look forward to. I found that after a while I did not even like the taste of things I used to love.
-Don’t forget protein and fiber; we are all busy and it’s hard to get a ‘complete’ balanced diet each and every day, but if you make sure you get enough protein and fiber it will keep you full, satisfied and feeling good. But always strive to get all the food groups and nutrients you can each day. Supplements are great too, depending on which you choose. I love my Runner’s Beans Daily Tonic, which is a complete multi vitamin, in liquid form, that is kept refrigerated, and also has lots of other healthy ingredients that no other multi has. It has made a huge difference in how I feel, how I recover from training and races, and how I perform.
-I decided I wasn’t a kid anymore and could not eat like one.
-I found that it is true that abs are made in the kitchen and that what we eat in private, we wear in public.
-Success begins in our hearts and minds first; think and feel your way to eating healthy, it must be your mindset.
-Celebrate small successes, not by cheating, just by being happy and proud of yourself and not beating yourself up for what you didn’t do right; focus on the good.
-Start right where you are; you don’t need a Monday or the beginning of a day to start a new lifestyle of eating and drinking healthier. Make small lasting changes, little by little. It doesn’t matter if you didn’t eat that well for breakfast, then do better at your next meal and keep going in the right direction. Remember change takes time, repetition and loving yourself , instead of beating yourself up ‘that you got that way in the first place’ or ‘fell off track a bit’. Remember we are all human, and no one is perfect, we are all a work in progress. You need to love your own personal journey. Remember, just because someone else loses weight quicker or loses more weight, yet you seem to keep trying and not getting the results you think you should be getting, just hang in there, because if you are honestly doing everything you can and should do, then be patient. Your body needs time to get used to this new lifestyle and everything will fall into place. #feelfitforever