I get asked this all the time...
"How did you lose the weight and how are you keeping it off?"
I always feel like people are waiting for some spectacular answer to these questions. And I often feel that people are disappointed when I am honest with them about how I lost the weight and how I keep it off.
I eat better, I eat less and I move more. It is as simple as that. I do not obsess over carbs, I don't worry about my sodium.... I focus on making sure that I am following a true serving size of something (though I admit that I do not weigh meat - never have and never will). I make sure that I am making healthier choices MOST of the time. Now, this does not mean that I have any foods that are considered "bad" foods or "off limits foods". I eat what I want, but I eat it in moderation. If I want a piece of cake, I have a piece of cake. If I want a steak, I eat a steak.
All that being said, there are some things that I don't eat or drink. I don't do it because I consider them "bad" or "off limits". I avoid them because I don't like how they make me feel (fast food and hamburger) or I avoid them because I don't want to waste my calories on it (like pop). In the last 18+ months, my taste buds have changed and things that I used to love and thought I couldn't live without? Well, they aren't important to me anymore. I used to LOVE donuts. When I first started on this journey, I gave them up. I did it because I knew I couldn't be reasonable with them, I couldn't consume them in moderation. I knew with donuts - it had to be ALL or NOTHING. So, I decided on NOTHING. I craved them for a long time, but I never gave in. I never had one - until last summer at Cedar Point. They have some of the best cookies and donuts. We all got something sweet as we were walking out of the park. I ate a couple of the donut holes we picked while we were walking to the car. I handed the bag to my daughter and was done. I couldn't believe it. There was a time when I could eat an entire box of TimBit donut holes and now? Well, they were okay, but definitely not what I remembered them to be. They were very sugary and made my tummy hurt!
I used to drink Mt Dew like it was going out of style. My day started and ended with a Mt Dew can in my hand. When I first started out, I wasn't ready to give up my beloved Mt Dew. So, I held onto it for a few months, but then I slowly realized I was wasting 170 calories on 1 can of pop. I went to diet - hated it, so I gave it up cold turkey. I felt like crap for a few days, craved it terribly for about a month and then? I never thought about it again. I had one small sip of it a few months ago and it is so sugary sweet I wanted to gag.
So, there you have it... my "advice" on how to lose weight and keep it off. Eat better, eat less and move more.
No magic pills. No secret shakes or special cleanses. Just plain ole better eating and working out.
Sorry to disappoint anyone who was expecting some awesome solution to all their weight loss problems. :)