Getting Started: posted by shadowrun
I literally began my weight loss endeavor the day it hit me that being fat was NOT who I was or who I wanted to be.
I really didn’t know where to begin. The only thing I knew for sure was that in order to lose weight, I needed to burn more calories than I was taking in.
With no such technology as a FitBit or My Fitness Pal, I got on the internet to get an idea of how many calories I should be eating for my height and weight if I wanted to lose a couple of pounds a week. And I searched for exercises to get an idea of how many calories I was burning.
My next step was to find a notebook, yep, I’m showing my age, 🙂 to log everything I ate and drank, and to log my exercises for the day.
I felt ready, energized, and excited about beginning!
Many of the things I did were right on. Other things, I wish I had done differently. As my journey went on, I learned a ton of things about weight loss, metabolism, and exercise. I will be sharing much of this information with you in the upcoming posts, but today, I just want to give you, what I feel, are the key factors to losing weight.
When reading my tips and advice, keep in mind that my knowledge comes from my own experience and from the multitude of reading I have done over the years. (I subscribe to Women’s Health, Fitness, and SELF – all of which give great advice on losing weight.) Also keep in mind that I am in NO way a full-blown health nut. So my advice won’t have you eating edamame beans for a snack. Who wants that for a snack?? BUT, I do believe in the power of protein and fruits and veggies, so I’ll show you how I incorporate all those into my diet and still have room for ice cream!
My Key Factors to Losing Weight
- Fad diets don’t work. They may help you lose weight in the beginning, but they are difficult to maintain and usually don’t fit in with normal day to day living. Which leads me to….
- Find a routine that works for you, so that you can stick to it. It took me some playing around to find what worked for me, but once I did, it made it so much easier to keep on track. I plan to write a lot about this topic in the near future.
- Keep a food/drink/exercise log and be honest about it! Write down EVERY bit of food you put in your mouth.
- MOVE. Move as often as you can. I had my set exercise routine, but in between those times I would look for ways to keep moving. I watched TV standing up, I did sidesteps while cooking supper, I took the stairs instead of an elevator, I parked a long way from the store entrance. I actively searched for things to do that would require me to move.
- Drink water. I still had my few cups of coffee and a can or two of diet soda, but I made sure I drank at least 64 oz of water. I had a separate column in my log book just for water.
- Sleep! I actually never had a problem with sleeping. I think because I got up early and was so active during the day, I was ready for sleep at night. I slept like a baby as well. I attribute this to all the moving I did.
- Make sure you are eating enough! If you take in too few calories, your body will actually shut down. If it thinks you are not giving it enough food, it will want to hold onto the weight so it doesn’t starve. If you give it enough food, it won’t worry about starving and it will allow the extra weight to go.
Like I said, I plan to write more in depth about these topics, so you can have a better idea of how I was able to make them work for me.
And if you have any questions or doubts, or concerns, or if you feel I have left some things out, please speak up! Everyone’s weight loss challenge is different, and we’re all in this together!