I am a yo yo dieter! I have lost and regained weight too many times to count! I lose motivation once I've lost the weight. And I think that is because I have never learned to lose weight correctly. To me it has always been a chore. I want it to become a lifestyle.
My response -> Motivation is lacking because you don't like what you're doing. To make it a lifestyle, you need to build healthy habits slowly.
People tell me all the time “healthy food tastes bad.” Honestly, I can’t disagree with them because I once thought the same thing.
I was reminded of my disdain for healthy food last week when a reader commented on a site I freelance for saying the recipe was horrible and how she was trying to lose weight and from Texas and it wasn’t in any way shape or form good or like the food in Texas. Now in fairness to the reader, the title of the recipe may have been misleading but the editors name the recipes so I don’t control that.
What I do have control over are the recipes I post. I 100% do not post recipes I don’t like here or on any of my freelance sites. If a recipe’s no good, I tell the editors I need to tweak it. I also eat all my recipes. In fact, the recipe this reader was referring to was something I remade last weekend because I loved it so much. I’ve made my fair share of ugly and disgusting recipes, and this was not one of them.
Her comment reminded me of that time in my life when healthy food tasted really bad. Okay, so it tasted horrible. You couldn’t pay me to eat vegetables. Kale what?
Is sugar making you fat?
If there’s one question I’m asked most about my weight loss, it’s what’s the one thing I’d recommend other people change in their diet to start losing weight. My answer is always the same. Stop eating so much sugar.
Since the introduction of high fructose corn syrup and other sugar additives in processed foods in the 1970’s, sugar consumption has risen along with obesity. Americans are 25 pounds heavier today than they were 25 years ago.
The American Heart Association recommends no more than 6 teaspoons for women and 9 teaspoons for men daily yet according to a Harvard School of Public Health study, 70% of Americans are eating 22 teaspoons of sugar a day or more and this doesn’t include the sugar consumed from fruits and vegetables.
What happens when you eat sugar? Your body stores it as fat if you’re not active enough to burn it and if you’re overweight, you will continue storing sugar as fat until your body’s energy requirements exceed what you’re eating. So yes, sugar is making you fat.
Humans are designed to eat. Our bodies and brains demand a certain level of nutrition on a consistent basis to convert into energy along with building, repairing and maintaining necessary body functions. While we know there are certain foods better equipped to doing these things in the human body, the information available to consumers is confusing and often misconstrued by food politics making it difficult for consumers to understand what is good for them and what is not.
Although I regularly share recipes and my own meals, I wanted to share with you today 10 Foods I Never Eat to give you some insight into my personal food choices and reasons for avoiding certain foods. As you will see, some of the 10 Foods I Never Eat are due to dietary restrictions and health concerns while others are a personal preference.
Years ago I set out on the most amazing journey of my life and lost 80 pounds. Being overweight and living an unhealthy lifestyle most of my life, I finally committed myself to get healthy and living active. I lost 80 pounds, not by choice but through commitment. After committing myself to eating right and exercising for over a year, I went from a size 14 to a size 2 and lost 80 pounds.
Now year later, my weight loss journey was a pivotal moment in my life. It transformed me beyond the physical sense. It changed my view of the world, taught me that weight does not define your self worth and even led me to pursue unimaginable goals that have shaped the new me you see today. I became a self made chef, a photographer, a blogger and fell in love with all things fitness and nutrition. Mostly, I discovered who I am and learned to love myself. After struggling with my food and weight my whole life, I truly felt like I hit the health jackpot. Because of this journey I became a better person and now, want to share a piece of that to inspire you.
Weight loss is truly a cumulation of small lifestyle changes and sticking with them for a long period of time. It’s a lifestyle, not a diet. Today I’m sharing simple things I changed so you can see how I lost 80 pounds.
Hope you’re enjoying your day so far! I’ve had a lot of you ask what motivated me to lose weight and how I did it. My Aunt Barb emailed me this week with this question. She inspired the post. So here it goes…
The thing is I didn’t wake up one day and say to myself “I need to lose weight & my goal is 80 pounds.” As a matter of fact, I never started my journey with a diet or thought about losing weight. It was never a planned goal to lose weight. My weight loss journey began as a fitness goal. I was traveling to California weekly as a consultant and began walking on the beach every night.
Truth is I was bored with life. I wasn’t living or experiencing life. I had low self-confidence for as long as I can remember and that transformed into a fear of failing which I carried around with me from childhood into adulthood. Instead of trying things, I held myself back to be safe.
Walking on the beach every night became a turning point in my life which drastically changed who I was and my confidence. It was my time to reflect. Who am I? What’s important to me? What do I want to experience in life? Why am I scared of living? I realized I wasn’t confident in myself. I had been a size 12 or 14 since high school. I tried to diet and lose weight so many times, but was never successful. Then I injured my leg in 2000 which became an excuse for me to avoid exercising. It was also a major player in my low self-esteem.
So what was different about my experience 5 years ago? I stopped thinking about dieting and started thinking about living. I was thinking about how I wanted to be healthy, experience life, be confident and most important…STOP allowing my injury to define me. As I walked every night, the weight began to shed from my body as did the fear.
Within a few weeks, I dropped 10 pounds. When that happened I felt empowered. I could take on anything in the world. It was an incredible feeling. From that moment, I was determined to lose more weight. I began changing my eating habits, tracking my calories and watching my portions. Everything fell into place.
A couple before & after pics.
During Weight-Loss (after 10 pounds lost)
After Weight Loss
Today…Still Getting Stronger
Looking back, I wish I had documented my weight-loss better with pictures. But like I said, it wasn’t planned it just happened. In the end, I lost 80 pounds in 18 months. My relationship with health and fitness blossomed into the love I have for it today.
What’s my advice to those of you wanting to lose weight? Stop thinking about diets. Diets are trends, short-term. Look inside yourself and find out what’s motivating you to lose weight. Identify things you can change in your eating and activity to lead a more healthy lifestyle. Small changes add up big over time. If you stick with and are patient, it will happen.
What’s your weight-loss motivation story?
Lots of Health, Food & Love,