Over the last year I have managed to lose about 20 pounds and have successfully kept it off. I am currently sitting at my lowest weight ever, and I am happy with the way I look and feel. I get asked quite a bit what my secret is.
The truth is there is no secret. After having a history of yo-yo dieting, I made it a point to educate myself on weight loss. I know I have mentioned this before, but I truly believe after experiencing my own struggles, losing weight is not nearly as difficult as sustaining weight loss. Completely changing my mindset has been key to my success in the last year.
I needed to ask myself why I was even bothering again. The truth is I was uncomfortable. I knew I was more comfortable being a little smaller because I did achieve that at one point. Even though I reached that point on a restrictive meal plan, I missed being able to fit in my favorite pair of jeans. From there, I needed to truly commit. After spending time educating myself I knew I had to take a different approach to succeed and I had to be extremely patient with the process because I could no longer beat my body into submission.
I attribute my past set backs on choosing to take extreme measures because I was told that was the only way to see results. I spent tons of money on meal plans that offered no path to sustainability. I learned no tools that would help me with my future health and fitness goals because what I had already done just wasn’t sustainable for me. I also thought I had to do endless hours of cardio and workout harder to achieve the type of body I thought I wanted. The truth is there are better alternatives, but you have to shift your thinking and be open to new ways.
The New Year is coming very soon and you’re going to see every fitness gimmick advertised promising you all types of great results. How many of these advertisements actually address sustainable results? After spinning my wheels, I took a different approach this year and things worked out. I will say the biggest key to my success was having the right mindset.
Last November, I decided to be patient. I wanted to take a less aggressive approach and actually enjoy my life at the same time. I did not want to establish a set timeline to achieve my goal weight. Instead, I wanted incorporate lasting change and build better habits over time. I also focused on non-scale victories. Sometimes it was awesome to hit a personal best on my deadlift or bench press. I did not restrict my calories and implemented slow steady decreases over time. I also spent time reverse dieting where I did not lose weight at all. All of these things combined resulted in my 20- pound weightloss this year.
It is extremely difficult to convince people not to look at dieting through extremes. I mean lets face it many of us want to fit into those size 4 jeans today! I had to convince myself that suffering was not worth temporary results. For me, I was just simply tired of having to start all over again. When my journey started last year, I had to convince myself that in time I would reach my goal. I knew if I were consistent with my routine over time, I would see a different version of me eventually. Keep in mind I said consistent rather than perfect. During this past year, I took vacations, enjoyed my birthday, and celebrated with friends. I would be lying if I said I was on point with my diet everyday. However, I can say I was on point most of the time.
Mindset is truly key. As you approach the New Year and you find yourself having new weightloss goals, I urge you to spend some time thinking about why you want to lose weight. Once you figure out your “why,” commit to a sustainable way. Be patient with yourself and embrace the journey. Think of the things you’re incorporating as an overall lifestyle. I have to admit over the last year, I have incorporated habits that feel like second nature to me now. I enjoy staying active regularly and eating the foods I love. I continue to be kind to myself and understand one meal “off plan” isn’t going to sabotage my progress. I recently started a reverse diet again to put me in a good position for my 2018 goals. I will be spending the next several months working toward maintaining my results and it already feels amazing to not approach a New Year wanting to lose weight.
As always, I am available for questions because I honestly want to help. I can be reached via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or instagram @alicekmoore. I truly believe when you approach things from a more moderate perspective, and be kind to yourself along the way you will achieve your goals! Good luck in 2018!