Tuesday, September 16, 2008

How?



Total weight loss to date: 60 pounds.

Me- in a pair of jeans that were 3 sizes ago. I have lost 5 sizes though, unfortunately I can't find the largest pair of pants I've ever owned. Excuse the mess behind me... I like the tape measure to the right of my legs. It's so hard to buy clothes online now because I am so unaware of what size I am wearing- I am constantly measuring myself.

Lately Justin and I have been getting this question a lot, "What's your secret?". Honestly I think we all know what needs to be done, it's simple: eat healthy & exercise. Everyone wants there to be an easy way out. Want to know the big secret? Justin & I have changed our lifestyles completely. I don't believe in the word diet. If you say, "I am on a diet" that implies that the change you have made to your eating habits is only temporary and once you have lost the weight you feel happy with yourself, you're going to binge on eating chocolate cake on a daily basis. That probably won't work, but you can try if you'd like. Since February Justin & I have slowly changed the way we live our lives in general. I believe that the biggest part of this equation is mentally deciding that it needs to be done. You have to realize that your life needs to change and you have to do it. In the long run you'll feel better about yourself as a whole. Here's a few tips that have helped me.

- Start slow. Don't start off by eating leafy greens & running 5 miles daily, if that's the case you will quickly burn out. We started with using the weight watchers points system. We felt it taught us to look at what we were putting in our bodies & evaluate whether or not it was a good decision. Once you've learned the basics, you're golden.

- CHEAT! Seriously, everyone needs a piece of cake every once in a while... just not, every day. It's funny but once you stop eating as much crap you realize how much you ate in the past that you didn't even like that much. I pick and choose the cake I eat.... yes, I am a cake snob.

- One of the things I've done is not cut out a few items that I feel like I can't live without. I don't think you can just deny yourself of everything. I drink coffee on a daily basis & I love half/half in my coffee... I can't do skim in coffee, gross. So, I allow myself half/half every once in a while. The fat free coffee creamers do justice though. They provide the same thickness as half/half does. The other thing I won't cut is bread. When I buy bread I buy the really hearty organic wheat. Sure the fat free might be less grams of fat/calories, but the hearty wheat has other pros that the fat free doesn't have. I don't worry about carbs, I'm not much of a potato or pasta person, so I've simply tried to cut those out of my diet and eat more bread!

- Fun excersise. I recommend bike riding and weights while watching tv.

Since I haven't updated in a while, here's a list of a few of my favorite things.




This cookbook is SO GOOD. I recommend the pudding pumpkin cupcakes & the Lord of the Onion Rings



My family's new obsession... this puppy doesn't last very long in our house.



I think I dream about this soup in my sleep. It is my favorite soup of the moment & reminds me of Autumn. I love all of the Amy's Organic's products.

1 comment:

J.B. said...

I think it's awesome that you guys are doing this weight loss thing the "right way."

A lot of people have eating disorders (I even know some people who have them), and I think you guys are showing the world that being healthy and losing weight can be done in a realistic manner without diets, stress, and barfing.

So, not only are you guys losing weight for your own health and happiness. In a sense, you're losing weight and giving people some much-needed hope.

You've even got me thinking I should be taking a look at what I'm doing and making some changes. You make it sound so simple! It's inspiring, I must say.