Ok – so this may not be 100% photography related but I figure I’m not alone in trying to lose weight and its something I’m really proud of so I thought I would create a blog post about it. If you don’t know I’ve lost over 25 pounds since August 14th (two months ago) and I should reach my goal of losing 40 pounds in the next couple months. It’s all part of my “Strive for 25” which came about when after my doctor suggested my 25 year old weight would be a good goal.
This is the first time I’ve ever been able to keep weight off in any sort of sustainable manner and trust me I have tried. I have boxes full of weight loss books and DVDs that gathered dust as my belly grew. So I’ve been surprised as anyone that I’ve been successful this time around. Thought I would share a few things that have made it possible:
- TC Hale and his Kick Fat in the Nuts Program – simple, informative and the best explanation that I’ve found on how digestion and sugar impact weight gain and loss. I used his 12 week video course and it is awesome.
- Finding the food that hinders my weight loss (this is key) – TC talks a lot about how since we are all different we need different food plans and what works for one person doesn’t mean it will work for another person. I went to work on letting go of sugars, non-veggie carbs and alcohol. Things got really interesting when I realized that even “healthy” sugars from apples, pears and cherries were enough to stop my weight loss.
- Setting a workout time – I never worked out for more then 30-60 minutes a day but I did it most everyday. I just decided to wake up early and get things done before Sue and Lucius wake up. Tough at first but now its a habit.
- Going for time rather then speed or distance – I’ve mostly been swimming in the past two months and all I’ve really done is increase my time every week (20 minutes to 30 to 40, etc.). Now I’m up to 70 minutes or two loops around Aquatic Park in San Francisco. Something very zen like to just keep thinking “ok- I just need to go a few more minutes”.
- Having an empowering measurement tool – I started weighing myself every day and its been great for keeping me on track. But that doesn’t work for everyone. If not you can use belts, belly/waist measurements or goal pants or dresses. Whatever keeps you engaged and motivated.
- Branding helps – this all started when I came up with “Strive for 25”. Its not brilliant but it is a little catchy. Most everyday I have someone ask me about my “25 thing” so it helps me stay motivated. So steal my line or come up with your own. Just find something better than “I’m trying to lose weight”.
- Progress not Perfection – I’ve done well but I’ve been far from perfect. I even have Fro-Yo with Lucius every Friday because I think that tradition is more important then losing weight those days. Like most everything you just have to keep going.
Hope this helps if you are trying to get healthy. Thanks for all the support and if there is anything I can do, just let me know.