Hey there, “fluffy” friends! If you’re reading this, you’re probably tired of all your clothes being too tight and afraid to step on the scale. You know what? You’re in the right place! Losing weight isn’t just about shedding those extra pounds; it’s about changing your lifestyle so that you feel fantastic inside and out. So, grab a cup of coffee (hold the creamer and sugar), sit back, and let’s talk about my favorite 10 tips to achieving lasting weight loss together!
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1. Set Realistic Goals
First things first, let’s talk goals. Setting goals that are realistic will help you to be successful in your journey. If you plan to lose 100 lbs., don’t expect to lose it in 30 days! Or even 90! During my weight loss journey I often reminded myself that I didn’t gain the weight over night, so I shouldn’t expect to lose it that way. If you stay consistent with your journey and the remaining tips I share with you in this post, you should expect to drop 1-2 lbs. a week.
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2. Size Matters
Not your pant size, I’m talking portion size! Picture this: smaller plates, smaller portions, will eventually lead to a smaller you. By being mindful of your portion sizes, you’ll be amazed at how it can curb overeating and help you develop healthier eating habits. Remember the old saying, “my eyes are bigger than my stomach”? Well, using a smaller plate will put our eyes and stomach on the same playing field.
3. Stay Hydrated
Drink your water! It’s your best friend on this journey. Not only does it keep you hydrated, but it also helps you distinguish between hunger and thirst. Drink a glass of water BEFORE each meal, it will help to fill your stomach before you eat. Try to drink 64 oz. of water each day. I like to fill this pitcher with water each morning. My goal is to have it empty by the end of the day. Keeping my water cold helps, I tend to drink more water if it is cold. This water bottle keeps it super cold and is spill proof!
4. Have a Meal Plan
Planning your meals in advance is like having a superpower against unhealthy food choices. Not only does it keep your weight loss on track but it saves you money! This is my all time favorite meal planner. I love that it has a perforated shopping list page. As you choose your meals, take inventory of the ingredients you have on hand and try to only purchase the missing items. I normally plan 5-6 meals each week, including leftovers for one day and I plan a “Night Out”.
5. Sleep Through It
Who doesn’t love a good nights sleep?! Aim for those 7-9 hours of restful sleep each night. It’s not just about feeling refreshed; it helps your body regulate hunger and stress, making your weight loss journey smoother. I mean, it’s late and you really want to just stuff your face with a bag of chips or bowl of ice cream. I suggest going to be instead! You will wake up refreshed and thankful you didn’t polish off that bag of chips.
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6. Be Patient
Like I said before, you didn’t gain the weight overnight, so don’t expect to lose it overnight. Change your mindset and give yourself some grace. Stop thinking of your weight loss as a diet and begin thinking of it as a lifestyle or a journey. Diets don’t work (how many have you tried and your still here), so think of it as a lifestyle change, a journey you will be on for the rest of your life. You can read about my journey here.
7. Celebrate Small Victories
Celebrate your achievements, no matter how small they may seem, you have worked hard and your worth the celebration. Every milestone, no matter how minor, is a step in the right direction. Are you wearing a smaller size? Did you resist eating an entire pie? Someone noticed your face being thinner? Were you able to walk up the stairs without being winded? CELEBRATE! Don’t just celebrate the number on the scale, because let’s be honest, sometimes I think that thing hates me!
8. Avoid Liquid Calories
Be cautious of liquid calories from sugary beverages and alcohol. These drinks can significantly contribute to your daily calorie intake without providing essential nutrients. Opt for water, herbal tea, or other low-calorie beverages to stay hydrated. If you have consumed your daily dose of water and you still want to indulge, find an option with low calories. Those of you that know me, know I like my beer! When I do drink, I opt for Budweiser Select 55. Mike says I might as well be drinking water! I like it and that is all that matters!
9. Be Accountable
Craziest thing I did when I started my weight loss journey – I told all of you! Now if that isn’t being accountable I don’t know what is! So you don’t have thousands of followers on Social Media? that’s ok, tell you grandkids (we know they are as honest as the day is long), your husband, parent, friend or Join Weight Watchers! They will help to hold you accountable.
10. Track Your Progress
If you put it in your mouth, write it down! If you exercise, which you should, track it. Use a food journal, take photos, and measurements. Keep an outfit from your heaviest weight! All of these things will help you to monitor your journey. If you are a Weight Watchers member, they provide a free app that tracks, recipes, weight and so much more! Tracking your efforts provides valuable insights, helping you make necessary adjustments and stay on course.
Changing your Lifestyle
Achieving lasting weight loss is not a quick fix; it’s a lifestyle transformation. By incorporating these ten tips into your daily routine, you can build life long habits that will support your health and wellness goals. Remember, every step forward, no matter how small, brings you closer to the healthier, happier version of yourself you aspire to be. Stay dedicated, stay motivated, and celebrate every achievement along the way. Your journey to a healthier you starts today!
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