Every time I decide I am ready to lose weight, my first thought is “I really need to get to the gym” and while that is true, more needs to change than just showing up to the gym.
Why is it that the first thought when it comes to weight loss a lot of times is going to the gym? Back in October, I decided to sign up with a personal trainer so that I could really start seeing results. Fast forward to April- and although I workout 5 days a week, I’m only down about 2 lbs from my starting weight. I’ve invested in all these things expecting the weight loss to come…
If I sign up for personal training, I’ll lose weight. If I buy a Fitbit, I’ll lose weight. If I do this Advocare 24 day challenge I’ll lose weight.
Maybe for some people, these things have caused them to lose weight- but I bet for a lot more people they haven’t.
They say you can’t outwork a bad diet, but my issue is I also can’t stick to ANY diet (if you don’t believe me, check out my previous article HERE about all the diets I’ve tried & failed at). I don’t like restriction and I don’t like scanning all of my food into an app. Plus, what if I make something? I have to scan every single ingredient, and then break it down to a 1 serving portion? I can’t handle all that! Why can’t I just eat?!
What I’ve finally begun to realize is that I need to focus on establishing a few small, attainable goals. Not goals that some diet tells me to do, but goals that I decide for myself that I can reasonably attain. Goals that take thought, consideration and reflection to create. I’m already a pretty heavy water drinker but if I weren’t, that would be the first change. Ultimately, what I’ve now realized is it’s more than just working out. It’s cleaning up my diet. It’s getting rid of the girl scout cookies. It’s not going to the HR Manager’s office when he’s gone to grab some m&m’s from his desk. It’s not snacking uncontrollably. It’s not ordering dessert. It’s about balance. I can do some of these things some of the time, but I can’t continue doing all of these things all the time. So, moving forward- here is my plan:
1. Plan for every meal & snack. I have an obsession with rice cakes & nut butter, but if I plan for that snack and eliminate the handfuls of popcorn, trail mix and whatever else, then that won’t hinder my progress.
2. 4 servings of vegetables a day. Not restrictive- but more about stepping out of my comfort zone and trying veggies outside of my typical staples of broccoli and green beans.
3. Weigh-ins once a week.THAT’S IT. I have a dangerous habit of weighing myself every morning which makes it difficult to notice progress and stay committed.
Note: I’m not a good cook- so to help me out this week I’ve decided to try out Icon Meals. I ordered Brisket Sliders, Red Velvet Protein Cake Balls, Chili, S’mores Pancakes and a few other menu items. Because I travel a lot for work, its crucial for me to have healthy options that I look forward to. I’ll fill out a review on Icon once I receive my meals, but hey- if “diet” food consists of cake balls, I’m so down.
Take Away: While the gym is important, what you decide to fuel your body with is the MOST important. For me, its crucial to remove all foods I can “graze” on and adding more nutrient dense food into my diet. I think taking baby steps to a healthier lifestyle will work with giving me the building blocks I need to form better eating habits.
What are some small “ goals you can set for yourself this week to aid in your journey to creating a healthier lifestyle?