What does it mean to you when you hear these words? A lifestyle change with exercise is the only way to lose weight.
Before I found the true meaning of these words “lifestyle change”, I scoffed at the comment. Because I didn't understand what that really entailed. I wanted to hear a real answer, what I didn't realize back then it was the answer.
I was weighing in at 250 pounds about this time in this picture, not a proud moment. However, to get my point across I felt it was perfect to illustrate eating Skyline Chili wasn't the answer.
Here's a few things changing your lifestyle does not mean:
- Starving yourself
- Skipping meals
- You can't eat a certain food for the rest of your life
- Have to eat fruits and vegetables all day long
- Eating less than 1200 calories a day
- Eating huge salads and drenching it with dressing including the "lite" or "fat free" versions
- Working out and then eating what you want
What lifestyle change does mean:
- Accept that you do not know what you are truly putting into your body.
- Accept that how you have done it in the past didn't work.
- Eating 6 small meals a day is better than 1 big one.
- Log what you eat so you know what your putting into your body.
- Begin to exercise, start out small and your body will change and you will begin to love it.
- Measure your food
- Eat a lot of vegetables with your lunch and dinner
- Eat fruit as a natural sugar snack like a Honey Crisp Apple, their delicious!
- Stop going out to lunch everyday once in a while is fine.
- Pack your lunch or go home to eat
- No more eating whatever you want and become accountable for what you do eat
- No more fast food, it is a quick trip back down the path to overweight world
- Park farther away from the door, so you get more exercise
- Drink water or tea, no more sugary drinks.
Behavior change produces a new you which leads to a lean, mean, healthy and fit body. I never knew the secret until I went on Nutrisystem and learned that I was eating like a pig. I had no idea what portion control meant, although I “thought” I did.
If you aren't willing to change your lifestyle, you will not be able to lose weight or maintain that weight loss.
I've said it before, you've got to want more than anything to lose your weight and be willing to give up your bad eating habits see an older post on Retraining Your Thinking.
You don't have to ever go without eating a piece of chocolate cake, but I guarantee when you work as hard as I have you choose wisely before shoving stuff in your mouth. Sometimes I binge and I hate that more than anything, but its part of my world and I deal with it. The key is to get back on my new road to health and fitness and not look back.
What are your thoughts about “lifestyle change”?