For everyone wondering if real weight loss and lifestyle change is possible, offering up the truth alone saying “yes, it is” isn’t nearly enough.
Most people deciding that they need to lose weight and live a healthier lifestyle already know that it is possible. What they’re lacking, however, is the motivation to go from point A to point Z. Why? B-Y is tricky and drawn out.
Inspiration is how people stay on the proper path and begin to change their lives. Just recently, we received a story from Stephanie – a 36-year-old mother of two who, without any money to purchase those expensive dieting programs, subscribed to our site, used the correct weight-loss information, and plotted her own course.
In less than a year, Stephanie was able to lose 62 pounds and live a healthier lifestyle. Her story isn’t anything remarkable. It’s simply the result of someone deciding they needed a change and actually going through with it.
Stephanie’s Inspiring Weight Loss Story
As a mother of two who was constantly on the go, I had no idea I was so out of shape. With school meetings, sports practice, cooking, cleaning, and working around 50 hours a week, I never thought the weight would pile up so quickly.
It wasn’t until I took time to catch a glimpse of myself in the mirror that I knew I needed to lose weight. I wasn’t just a little bit pudgy. I was a full-blown fat mom! Not only was I unhappy with myself, but I was that mother the other kids made fun of.
At 5 foot 6 inches tall, I weighed an astonishing 194 pounds. It was around Christmastime that I really decided to make a change. After I caught myself going back for a third slice of pecan pie in the same night, I knew something had to give – and that something was going to be my waistline.
Like around 40% of the population, I used the New Year as an “excuse” to lose weight. I admit: I entered my resolution halfheartedly. I said to myself, “Okay, this year I’m going to lose weight,” but I’m not sure if I meant it or not.
So instead of trying to formulate a goal or enter into any plan, I simply went without eating correctly for two weeks. I was eating two meals a day at most, and I was jiggling my butt off, literally, on my treadmill. On January 15th, I weighed 186 pounds.
I thought to myself, “Okay, this is working—dieting in general—but let’s be realistic. I need an actual plan, because I’m hungry, miserable, and I know that I can’t keep this up!”
This is when I decided that it was time to try to find some information online.
What I found was interesting. The information wasn’t just telling me that eating fewer calories means you’ll lose weight, or even any ad hoc rubbish like “you must stay motivated.” I was learning exactly how different substances interacted with my blood and I learned that eating X has this effect on my body, and that avoiding Y will do this.
From reading a series of diet articles, I was able to formulate my own plan. In essence, my plan was simple. And best of all, I didn’t have to sacrifice foods I loved; I just had to practice portion control.
Here’s my super simple diet plan that worked to help me lose over 60 pounds! I wrote these few steps down in a notebook and lived by them religiously.
- Exercise in the mornings for at least 15 minutes, whether it’s light-paced or faster-packed; just be sure to work your metabolism
- Eat four meals every day, including one snack, and make sure to always eat breakfast
- Do not exceed 1,600/1,700 calories for the day
- Make sure the meals are balanced. They shouldn’t exceed 400 calories each, and they should include complex carbohydrates, proteins, monounsaturated fats
- Drink at least 8 glasses of water every day to stay hydrated
- Don’t eat before you sleep – keep a few hours there for a buffer zone
- Weigh yourself one time every week and mark the progress
- Set small goals for every month. 10 pounds is the goal, but 6 pounds is the realism of dieting – reach for 10, but reward yourself for 6
- After each successful month, have an “indulgence” meal like your favorite spaghetti, pizza, prime rib, etc
- Tell people that you’re dieting! Others will see the difference and notice it before you do. Their words of encouragement will really help out
- If one week or month doesn’t pan out, that just means you have to go double-time the next month and make it up!
- Above all else, be happy with yourself and comfortable in your skin. Diet because you want to change and not to fit someone else’s image. If you want it, you can get it!
Well, this seems super simplistic. But I promise you: without spending on deal-a-meals and nutrition assistants and whatever else diet programs are selling you, a little common sense and self discipline helped me to drop 60+ pounds, and I know it can work for you too.