Here I go again. I am on a mission to drop a few pounds, have my clothes fit better and be happier.
I have been here before.
I have wrote about this before. You can read all about it here
4 years ago, I got in the mindset and lost a ton of weight. I was feeling AMAZING. In fact, it was in that time that this blog was created.
But, I dropped some of the habits I used to do. I didn't wake up one day and stop the habits. I slowly, over time, dropped them... and slowly the weight has crept back.
Not all of it... but enough where I noticeably feel it in my clothes.
I don't take cute selfies anymore.
I make my friends delete photos of me off Facebook because I don't like how I look or feel.
I am changing that... because really, I am the only one who can.
So, here are the 5 things I am starting right now, that have worked for me before, to get my happy, and ability to breathe in my jeans, back!
This is my least favorite thing to do ever... but it makes me see where I can make changes. There is also something powerful about being accountable to yourself. I promise you are less likely to grab that fancy Starbucks drink when you need to write it down.
Bring in Help - a Registered Dietitian
When I did this a few years ago, I didn't know how to cook. healthy meals. I didn't know what healthy foods were. So, she (Kristin) made me meal plans and I just followed them religiously.
This time, no dietitian meal plans for me. I am doing my own. But, she is guiding me on portion sizes, balancing my meals, and reading my journal each week to keep me accountable and focused.
For my big weight loss a few years ago, this was the #1 biggest factor to my success. Not all Registered Dietitians are the same, and you need to find one who aligns with your goals, values, and approach to weight loss.
For me - I don't want to eliminate anything - no Keto for me.
I focus on portion control and balanced meals. I don't want to cut out any macro nutrient. Decrease carbs - yes. Eliminate them. No. I need help to know what to reduce, how much to reduce, how can I do it and still love food. This is where Kristin is going to help me - online even. We live on opposite sides of the country. You can find more of her at Grounded Health.
Charge up my FitBit again!
Just like tracking my food, I am going to start looking at my activity too. This one though is more for my mental health. I am way happier when I have those fitness endorphins going. So, I updated the app, re synced my phone and fit bit, and and am back to CREATING time for fitness and planning for it.
Pull out the food scale
This was one of the other huge revelations I had last time I went down this path.
Portion control is essential. Learning portion sizes is key.
I want to eat rice, quinoa, pasta, potatoes... all of the things! But, I can't eat my whole plate full and expect to lose weight.
So, I am getting back to weighing and measuring my lean protein, carbs, and fat. I am not really tracking veggies. I will never restrict veggies in my life. ever.
Stay off the bathroom scale
This time around. No bathroom scale.
It only made me obsessive and unhappy.
So, I am tracking my progress via my clothes that barely fit right now, and ...... dreaded photos. When I can post photos of myself again, because I want to, I will know I have been successful. When I want to go shopping again because I like it, I will know I have been successful. When I feel happy in my body again, I will know I have been successful.
So, there you have it, 5 things I am starting (again) to get to feeling great!
Want to follow along? I will be posting about this adventure over on my Instagram Stories!