I’ve been on my re-journey for about a month. I lost 13 lbs within the first couple weeks and haven’t lost anything since. That’s according to the scale.
My husband Dan was telling me that I was looking different but of course I didn’t believe him, until I saw this picture of me.
The left was when I started, the right was a day ago. BIG difference right??
I have now measured myself and know I’m losing inches. I wish I would of measured myself at the beginning.
So a few people asked me for tips on how I am doing it. First I have to say that I really am not sure about what I am doing, but I’ll share.
I started off thinking that I’d do a low carb diet. I’m not sure where I came up with that but I had no idea how to do it right. I didn’t know what a good number of carbs a day was and what was considered bad for you.
I started getting really sick to my stomach and so in talking with Dan, he helped me decide that I should just do what I did last time I lost all my weight.
So, I’m ‘counting’ calories. This is what I do and how I do it.
I installed an app on my phone, it’s called Noom coach. It tracks my steps each day and you can do exercise with it. It tracks how far you’ve gone and how many calories you burned. It also allows you to put in what you eat and it counts the calories for you.
At first I decided to just eat a normal day and see how many calories I was eating and then changed it up from there.
I started to walk. I walk on the track at my rec center and I also walk outside at the cemetery again. I started only able to go around the track 6.5 times which is a mile. The other day I just walked 4 miles, 26 times around. I now have about an hour of music on my phone and I walk until it stops. Each week I add another song to the playlist. I try to go at least 3 miles and burn at least 500 calories. I really want a fitbit!
Then I started drinking a ton of water. I still have a hard time drinking water. I do also drink diet Pepsi, can’t help it right now! You should drink half of your body weight in ounces. So if you weigh 200 lbs, you need to drink 100 ounces a day. Drinking water helps you to feel full.
I also started following a ton of people on Instagram for inspiration. This can cause issues, lol. Sometimes I look at the pictures and get jealous or depressed because I am not done with my journey like others are, or as far along as others are. So this may or may not be a good thing 🙂
Eating is a big part of losing weight. You need to make sure that your body is getting nutrition. I stopped eating: white bread
Sugar (I do still have treats, maybe more than I should, but it’s better then it was before)
It seems daunting right?? Do a little at a time, start with drinking more water then loose the other things. It’s a life style change it isn’t a diet.
I started eating:
I eat a ton of veggies! Typical day for me is as follows:
Life cereal 1.5 servings
I then go walking, it’s the best time for me to do it.
Usually fruit like an apple with peanut butter, it’s a great post workout snack!
Turkey sandwich on a whole grain thin bun. With just mustard (0 calories) lettuce, tomato, cucumber
Then probably a salad and a few more veggies.
This never is typical for me. It depends on what my family is eating. We just had spaghetti. So I had spaghetti squash for my noodles, YUM!
Air popped popcorn!! You get 3.5 cups for like 97 calories!
I try really hard to not go over 1000 calories. Sometimes I eat like 1100 which I’m ok with. It’s all about burning more calories than you eat. If i walk a really long time and burn more calories I may eat more that day.
You can make cauliflower into rice, pizza crust, mashed potatoes. You can use zucchini for noodles. They call them zoodles and there is a tool to cut it so it looks like noodles, YUM!
I never really understood what it meant to burn more calories than you eat. I didn’t realize you burn calories all day long. I found a chart that tells you from your age and weight how many calories you burn on an average day. Mine was like 3200 something. So when I work out and burn 500 calories then for that day I would burn 3700 calories. So now I need to eat less then 3700 calories that day. So when I eat 1000 calories a day I have a 2700 calories that are a deficit. (Idk if that makes sense).
Weight loss is more a mind game then anything. You have to want it so bad to be able to be successful. Once the scale starts to go down you will want to eat better and better.
Here are a few pictures of things that I’ve made. I just like to put a bunch of veggies together and fry them, it’s always yummy!
50 calories of deli turkey meat
All was 130 calories, and it was so yummy!!
Chicken salad on romaine lettuce
This is scrambled eggs!
A little but of cheese
And green taco sauce
Idk if this helps or what you wanted, please ask me questions if you have them, I’m willing to help/share anything!