I'm approaching this Five on Friday a little differently than normal. Since going a little more public with my weight loss, a lot of people ask me for "my secret." As a disclaimer, I'm no dietician, medical professional, or fitness expert, I just know what's worked for me.
Here's a breakdown of five key factors that I think are responsible for my success in the last year:
Complete and total immersion.
To me, this means three things: first, I told everyone around me that I was starting Weight Watchers from the outset. It kept me accountable and made me conscious of the food decisions I was making around people who knew I was trying to lose weight.
Finally, I surrounded myself with a wealth of motivational resources, namely blogs and Instagram accounts. I follow at least two dozen fitness/weightloss blogs, and reading others' journeys and successes as I go through my Feedly or scroll through Instagram keeps my head in the game. It's a lot harder to talk yourself out of a 6am workout when the last thing I see before bed is a slew of #transformationtuesday pictures. Truth!
Discipline > Motivation
I think the reason I failed so many times before was that my motivation to lose weight was short-lived. I wanted to get thin for an event, or to wear a certain size pants, or to feel comfortable in a swimsuit in the summer. I still want all of these things, but that's not what keeps me focused. Because the minute that motivation does away, so does the discipline.
Now, my long-term goal is me. So I can be healthier, more confident, and happier in my own skin. Having a long-term focus makes it easy to stay disciplined, which is what it takes to make the right choices, even (especially!) when you don't want to.
I drink a LOT of water - 100oz a day, if not more. Not only does it help me to better understand the difference between thirst and hunger, but it's definitely helped my skin and hair. Plus, being hydrated is a key ingredient in having good workouts.
Find your new normal.
|July 2012 versus December 2013|
I joke that I started Weight Watchers because it was the only diet that still allowed me to eat Jimmy Johns. Okay, that's not a joke, it's actually kind of true. This isn't to say that low-carb diets are bad, but that they won't work for me. If I tried to lose weight by cutting carbs and zumba-ing on the daily, I'd have given up before I even got started! Instead, I focus on sustainable long-term changes that allow me to eat in moderation, while maintaining the freedom for occasional splurges.
The cliche really is true: it's not a diet, it's a lifestyle change. Making a true lifestyle change is about finding the diet (as in, way of eating) and exercise program that you can stick with for the long haul.
What do you think are the keys to weight loss success?
Have any other questions for me? I'm happy to help!