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One of the biggest things I’m focusing on this year is weight loss. I know, who isn’t, right? But my little guy is almost two years old already and I not only still haven’t lost my pregnancy weight, but I’ve actually gained weight since he was born. In comparison, on my first baby’s first birthday, I had not only lost all of my pregnancy weight but I was also down an extra 10 lbs. The last year or so I’ve been using every excuse in the book to justify my lack of weight loss with my second baby–(Having 2 kids is hard. But my husband is working out of state. I don’t have time or resources to lose weight…etc.) While all of those excuses are true, they’re not exactly valid reasons to not have lost any weight and to have actually gained it. To be honest, I just haven’t tried hard enough. I haven’t created a plan and stuck to it. I just make excuse after excuse and procrastinate like crazy. No more. This is the year I will lose that baby weight plus all the extra weight I’ve gained since he was born. I’m going to start via the same route that lead to my massive weight loss after my first baby. Here are 5 ways that I have used to kick start a healthy plan and finally lose that weight.
The first thing you really should do before you attempt any kind of weight loss is remove unhealthy and tempting foods from your life. Chips, cookies, pizza, candy…these foods are just going to make it easier for you to fail. You need to remove these items from your home and life and replace them with healthier foods. Weight loss isn’t easy, it’s hard. Don’t make it harder for yourself by keeping high-calorie junk food around.
Start drinking more water and stick to it. Water has been proven to boost metabolism and help your body function correctly as well as shed pounds. Shoot for at least eight 8 ounce glasses of water a day. *Tip: I drink much more water when I use a straw. For me, drinking water with a straw seems effortless and not like something I have to force my body to do. Try getting a set of reusable straws and add one to your glass–see how much more water you drink.*
The ‘myfitnesspal‘ app has been my most useful tool for losing weight. It is so easy to use. My Fitness Pal is similar to weight watchers but you don’t have to keep track of any points. You simply type in the foods you are consuming and the app keeps track of your calorie count and the nutritional value of your foods, and also your workouts. It even tells you exactly how many daily calories you’re allowed in order to lose your desired weight. Best of all, it’s free. Yep, cost nothing to download and use.
If you haven’t already, start an exercise routine. Whether this means taking a class, joining a gym, or working out at home, starting an exercise routine and sticking to it is essential for weight loss. If you think it’ll be difficult to stay motivated exercising alone, enlist a workout buddy and help each other stay motivated. If you’re interested in yoga, try ‘Yoga with Adriene‘ on youtube. I cannot get enough of her channel. Adriene’s videos are great for beginners, too. Start out with her ‘30 days of Yoga‘ series–it’s a personal favorite of mine. If you’re looking for some great music to pair with your yoga sessions, check out my post on the 10 best pandora stations for yoga.
This one can’t technically help you lose wight but it can help motivate you to exercise more and stick to your plan. I am much more likely to head to the gym when I feel good about myself and what I am wearing. If I just have on an old baggy t-shirt and some shorts, I’m not gonna be excited to head to the gym and start exercising. But if I’m wearing something that I feel good in, I’m just going to feel better about myself and more motivated to work out and keep going.
I hope this list gives you some motivation to kickstart a routine and finally lose that weight. What are some tips you have for weight loss?
*Disclaimer: I am not a doctor. Always consult your healthcare provider to discuss what’s best for you and your body.*