I Lost It Now What?!

25 November 2013

It's been a month since I reached my midterm weight goal and a little over a month since I revealed my weight loss journey on the blog. I am thrilled with the progress to say the least but there have been highs and lows on this journey and I realized there are so many things people never tell you about when you are losing weight. So here is a list of things that I wish I had known before I got started.

The GOOD

Slow and steady wins the race. Crash diets will get you immediate results but most of them do not last forever. Real weight loss does not come without sacrifice of time and food. With slowly losing the weight my metabolism has been able to catch up with my slimmer body.

Pounds may drop faster than you think. With dedication and hard work you may shrink before your own eyes. Within the first few weeks of my new eating habits I saw drastic weight loss between 5-8 lbs a week. I later realized much of this was water but it made me happy still.

Take your measurements.You will notice the changes in your body even when the scale does not go down. Some weeks when the scale did not move but I saw change in my face, waistline, and thighs long before the scale agreed. Often times inches can be a better tell of your weight loss success than the scale.

You will feel like a million bucks. Honestly when I started to hit the double digits in my weight loss things just felt easier. Taking a hike up the stairs or running for the subway train wind me, I wasn't as tired, and I got better sleep at night. I don't know how these things correlate but they did for me.

You can eat it. Most times when we decide to live a healthier lifestyle people will lead you to believe that they never eat anything tasty. I have found tons of healthy recipes that also taste good - but I have not given up on my feel good foods. In effort to continue eating tasty things I have tried to modify really unhealthy recipes to healthier versions. I haven't been unable to modify a few recipes but that does not mean I have given up on those foods. Contrary to popular belief depriving yourself from foods you love is not conducive to long term weight loss. If you like chocolate don't quit on it forever because the minute you have a bad day you will be on a full out chocolate binge. Eat it in moderation or have it as a treat when you are out of the house.

It's all in your head. You probably think that losing weight is all about the physical but I assure you its not. In order to successfully lose weight your mind has to be in the right place. Find your motivation for losing weight and stick with it. I was forced into losing weight several times and although I managed to shed the pounds it was not permanent until I was truly fed up. This time around I didn't lose the weight for a baby, treatments, a wedding, or from family pressure - I did it for me.

I'll wait until the 1st. Even though it sounds great to start a month off fresh with weight loss goals where is it written that you have to wait? Don't buy into the excuses, you can start your journey in the middle of the day, week, month or year - just do it.

Fat is good for you! You may not want it on your body but your body needs fats. So much of the foods today are low fat or no fat - not all fats are bad. Fats help you to think. Fats can help you lose weight. Fats help to break down vitamins for better absorption. Fats give your body energy. Fats are insulation and keep you warm. Fats are cushion they keep your bones from hurting your skin.

The BAD

Clothes won't automatically fit you. You may find yourself in the limbo stage where clothes are both too big and too small. Depending on the amount of weight you loose you may be in for buying a whole new wardrobe before you reach your goal weight. In my case I went from a size 16 to a size 4 pants - I was trying to hold off on buying clothes but there was no way out of it. Side note: Buy pieces that you can switch around to make your wardrobe seem full - for example three pairs of jeans and five shirts. Then you can rotate them. Here is a wonderful post about putting together a basic wardrobe. Also shop bargain stores Ross, TJMaxx, and Marshalls.

Who's that person looking back at me? When you have tons of weight to lose even when you get halfway you often forget how much you have lost. I notice that it took my inside a while to catch up with my outside. There have been a few times that I walk past the mirror and startled myself. I love the way I look it just took some getting used to.

Pounds may go or plateau. Above I mentioned that in the beginning pounds may fall off fairly easy and quickly but a some point everyone reaches a plateau. A plateau is when no matter how hard you are working out or how clean you are eating the scale just doesn't budge. If you know you have been disciplined it's not anything that you have done wrong - sometimes bodies are just stubborn. With time most plateaus work themselves out other times it helps to change up your diet and or workout routine. I have had great success breaking my plateau by taking a break from working out - keep in mind that bodies can be overworked.

There is no I in Team but there is a ME. We all want to have an exercise buddy, someone to keep us encouraged and accountable along the way. I always had a fitness buddy when I was in Florida but when I moved I found myself lacking that connection. When that crutch was ripped from under me I realized that I had to be accountable to myself for the weight loss. Receiving encouragement while on this journey is truly helpful but don't let it become a crutch.

Negative Nellies or Nelsons. It has to be said when you are on a journey to be a healthier version of you some people won't understand. You may even find yourself with a few haters. Yeah I said it and I don't use that word everyday. When I was in the throes of my weight loss journey I received so much criticism. Some people believed their words were encouraging but nevertheless they didn't stop me from continuing on. When you want to be healthy some people will say you look great when you don't feel it. Others may try and force food on you - just take one day at a time and move forward.

I ate some cake now what?! It's inevitable, everyone cheats on their salad with a sweet treat at least once. A cheat won't hurt you but don't make it a habit. There were a few times that I could not resist a cookie and gave in, I felt terrible sometimes both mentally and physically but that served as a reminder of how far I had come.

Sugar is addicting and your body will fight for it. Many people quit in the first few weeks of their diet changes because they aren't told that they will feel horrible. Yes even though within a few weeks you start feeling great the first few weeks of clean eating can be rough. I experienced headaches, a little nausea, and fatigue - in short it's called detoxing. Detoxing is not always pleasant but it will be worth it. After making it through detox I felt like super woman. During the first few weeks of diet changes I recommend that you drink tons of water and get plenty rest. You will make it through. 

It Costs. Eating healthy cost, you may find that buying healthier options like produce whether organic or not cost you a bit more. I complain all the time when I go to Chipotle that my vegetarian bowl cost the same price as my husband's chicken bowl - was that chicken's life worth nothing, haha! Fresh foods will cost you more than boxed items because they perish at a faster rate and take more work to produce. Eating better foods will cost you but medical bills cost more.

Up and Down. When you lose weight don't get so caught up on the number. As women our weight fluctuates depending on what part of our menstrual cycle we are in. When my cycle day one is on its way I can hold between 3-5 lbs of water weight, but after it's passed my weight is right back where I want it to be. To avoid bloating: Avoid salty foods, gassy foods, carbonated beverages, alcoholic drinks, stay hydrated, and don't over indulge in those menstrual cycle cravings.


12 comments:

  1. Great tips! You should be very proud of yourself. I'm glad you did this for YOU this time, and look how well it's worked out. Intrinsic motivation is the most powerful aspect of sticking to a health plan! You go girl!

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    1. Yes you are so right! Doing things for your self is a very powerful motivator. So glad that I listened to my body and got the weight off to be healthier. I just feel so much better hoping to help others to do the same.

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  2. So proud of you girl!!! You are awesome and such an inspiration to so many others! I admire that you did it 'the healthy way'

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  3. Great tips! I agree you are such an inspiration!!

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  4. What a great list! Keep it up girl. :]

    XO
    -Samantha
    substanceandsoul.tumblr.com

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  5. great job! I love your tips!! :) So proud of you :)

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  6. I feel so motivated after reading this! I have about 30 pounds to lose (half of my baby weight!).

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  7. such a great note of things and it does take mental determination definitely. Changing the mind set is the hardest thing that I'm facing at the moment....thinking I'm "giving something up" when its just food is so silly but your brain just manipulates you sometimes :) Your helping my brain snap out of it though. there is soo many tasty treats that are healthy :D

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  8. Oh girl food guilt has been the HARDEST part of losing weight for me. I'll decide that there can be a cheat meal tonight or this weekend or whatever and then I'll kick myself for doing it! But why? It's such a balancing act and working out what's best not only for your body but your mind too! :)

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  9. *high five* thas wutz up mz lady! keep pushing toward the positive, pray for that goal weight and HE will strengthen you to keep going! *smile*

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  10. One of my favorite words Bammmmmm congratulations baby girl you are reaching your go. I’m on a 50 Day challenge to lose weight quick for my vacations to Puerto Rico but once I return I will continue to eat healthy so that I can maintain my weight and continue to exercise.

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    1. Thanks Melina it was very hard but so worth it. I am thrilled to be feeling and looking healthier than before. I am definitely trying to keep my weight together around the holidays. My family is Dominican so the food is very very fattening all the time lmbo!!

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