- Before: 145 lb., size 14/16 (Age 23)
- After: 110 lb., size 2/4 (Age 41)
- Total pounds lost: 35 lb. (years maintained: 18)
- Total sizes lost: 10
Change or Die.
Honestly, the beginning of my fitness journey was painfully stupid. First, I quit smoking (after six unsuccessful attempts) and replaced the nicotine fix with running. Also, I joined the gym and started taking classes, lifting weights, and using cardio equipment. But after a lifetime of being a couch potato, my joints gave up on me. So, instead of getting better, I fucked up my body a bit more. As a result, I hurt my knees and my spine.
Luckily, I worked with some of the best physical rehab therapists. As a result, I was back on track in no time. As a result, I got into Yoga, Pilates, and began my lifetime journey on the wellness path.
I am Worthy.
Before I began my weight-loss journey, I learned that it is OK to take time for myself: practicing mindfulness, solitude, working out, food-prepping, hiking, and taking classes. It is not selfish! I must take care of myself first if I would like to show up in the world.
Weight Loss Is A Journey.
Within the first year of my wellness journey, I was able to lose 35 pounds and transform my life. Of course, success is rarely a linear process. I hit plateaus. I gained a few pounds here and there. But overall, I was able to maintain a healthy weight and lifestyle over the last few decades. I continue to learn and tweak my diet and exercise regime, constantly educating myself on the science behind wellness.
Here are my top 5 easy steps towards weight loss:
1) Become A Mindful Eater
- Never eat in bad company.
- Always pay attention to your food when you eat.
- Turn off the TV and electronic devices.
- Slow down and savor the flavor.
2) Track Your Food Intake.
While working out helped tremendously, the real success came when I changed my relationship with food. When I first started, I tracked my food in a notepad. Today, I use an excel spreadsheet with a combination of myfitnesspal. It helps to keep me accountable.
- For a few days, record everything you eat in a notepad.
- No judgments, just observations.
- After a few weeks, analyze your food intake.
3) Eat Real Food.
How do you choose what to eat?
After trying high-fat, low-carb, low-fat, and a dozen other diets, I concluded that a whole food plant-based diet is the best! It excludes all meat, seafood, dairy, eggs, and anything else containing animal products.
Please don’t worry about protein! It’s a common myth that we need extra protein.
In fact, many professional athletes like Rich Roll, Serena Williams, and Mac Danzig, to name a few, are on a plant-based diet.
- Add real foods: veggies, fruits, legumes, and whole grains.
- Practice portion control.
- Add good fats like avocado, nuts, and seeds.
- If you eat meats and cheese, consider cutting it down.
- Remove “Non-food” items (Corn Syrup, un-pronounceable ingredients, artificial flavors).
- Subtract foods high in processed sugar (eat fruits instead).
- Remove low-fat foods with added sugar and chemicals.
- Practice intermittent fasting (advanced).
- If you consider a plant-based diet, check out Dr. Michael Greger and Dr. Neal Barnard’s research.
- Books: Discover the Foods Scientifically Proven to Prevent and Reverse Disease and Cheese Trap.
4) Don’t Try To Exercise Off A Bad Diet.
I don’t believe we can “out-exercise” a bad diet. I often would overeat and punish myself in the gym or on the running track. As a result, I would get hurt, and exercise would not be fun. I could only make a difference in my weight loss after I changed my relationships with food.
- Build muscles with weights and lose weight in the kitchen.
- It is hard to have a fun and productive workout with crap in your belly.
- Nutrition is an important part of a healthy lifestyle.
- I will have to walk four and a half miles to burn a 20-ounce soda.
5. Learn How To Cook Healthy Foods.
- Include more healthy foods in your diet to minimize room for junk.
- Fill your plate with greens and veggies, legumes, and some good fats.
- Invest in kitchen gear. My go-to tools are the Instant Pot, Le Creuset Enameled Cast-Iron Saucier Pan with lid, and Vitamix.
Beginning your weightloss journey can be easily overwhelming and feel almost impossible. However, if you start following these 5 steps at your own pace, you will likely be surprised by the change you see! Besides, if I can do it, so can you. So, what are you waiting for? Your weight loss transformation awaits!
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