Hello Celery and Cupcake readers! Jemma has been kind enough to let me take over again Last time I wrote all about my journey to where I am today. This post is going to be kind of a how I keep myself going post
I hope you enjoy!
Exercise: How I make myself get out there and move my bum
I’m not a natural exerciser. Probably because I’m over weight! Exercise is harder if you’re overweight/unfit: fact. Its natural for us not to want to do something that makes us feel hot/sweaty, a little sick and dizzy, and as if our hearts are going to burst out of our chests and cough up a lung!
I’m still a little bit surprised to be honest that over the past few weeks I’ve successfully managed to make exercise a part of my routine.
A quick look on my calender reveals that I have regularly been out running. Over the past month I haven’t been as consistent as before due to a lot of travelling, but I’m happy to say that I am straight back on track the past two weeks. I think I am probably most proud of my run this week.
Why? Because after a couple of week of being lazy/busy I kicked myself in the arse and made myself get back out there! On top of those runs I’ve also been doing Jillian’s 30 Day Shred maybe once or twice a week.
I think that whats help motivating myself with running, is seeing the progress I am making, setting myself goals, and the will to go further. I really really really want to be one of those cool people who call themselves a runner!
I have an app on my phone that tells my how long I’ve been running for, how fast I ran and how far I went. Seeing these statistics is a huge motivator for me, as I then want to go out there and go longer and faster!
There is also the obvious positive of exercise: it makes you lose weight! This is definitely part of my motivation, as I know that in order to reach my goals I have to exercise, and that it is good for me.
Some days I love it, and can’t wait to get out there, other days its a necessary evil. I definitely feel like you love it the longer you do it for, its definitely becoming more automatic as time goes on, and something I look forward to. I think finding something you love is key.
Vanity is mostly my motivation when it comes to doing the shred: I like the way it gives my arms a tiny amount of definition. I think its sometimes seemed vain to exercise in order to look good, but if it motivates you, then use it!
I think looking good naked is always a good goal to have Its always good to hear about the benefits of exercising on the inside of my body, but it is near impossible to see progress, and so keeping track of things changing on the outside can be a big help.
Food: How I stop putting food in my mouth!
In case I haven’t stated this enough, I love food! I really don’t understand people who don’t. How can you not love food? It creates a dance party in your mouth! The problem is I love all food. I ‘m naturally drawn towards fruit veg and whole grains; its food that I love.
However I also have a sweet tooth, and love chocolate and cream cakes. I would say that what has changed the most in my outlook on food is that I know that in order for me to not eat chocolate, I have to keep it out of the house- something I probably knew before, but always thought why bother ‘normal’ people eat chocolate, why can’t I?
Which leads me to the second point: feeling entitled towards food. To realise that in order to loose weight you have to work hard, and that sometimes means sacrificing what you think you need. Yup that’s right THINK you need . You don’t need that chocolate bar, apple pie, packet of crisps.
What I’ve found, is that if I have them, I don’t feel satisfied unless I’ve eaten about three portions, and I then feel guilty, and therefore I should avoid at all costs.
This is not to say that I never eat junk food. I’m no Saint! I love chocolate, and even though I gave it up for lent, and am slowly learning to live with the fact that I don’t need it every day, I do still eat it quite often!
Because I love all food equally, what I have to concentrate on is how eating said food will make me feel!!! Whole foods will give me energy, make my hair skin nails and teeth strong, make all my inside glow with health, and will help me in my quest to lose weight!
Junk food will make me feel overly full, guilty, lethargic, clog up my arteries, and make me gain weight, but they are also are comforting and taste good, so I eat them sometimes! They do help towards my mental health as they make sure I don’t feel deprived, and the truth is sugar and grease can taste pretty good
Its all in your head: How I keep positive
Keeping motivated and thinking positive thoughts are paramount to weight loss.
If you don’t believe in yourself who will?! If you start thinking your going to fail, then you most definitely will. Believe in yourself and the possibilities are endless! I find that people on ‘diets’ sometimes concentrate too much on what they can’t eat rather on what they can eat!
Keeping motivated is all about setting yourself goals, and constantly reminding yourself what you are trying to achieve. Sounds simple enough, but it is the hardest thing about weight loss, I try and set goals at the beginning of each month, a weight loss goal and an exercise goal, I also re-asses my goal at the beginning of each week and think about what I can do to achieve my goals.
The trick to successful weight loss is to just keep going. Don’t give up. The road may be long and hard, but if you keep on chugging along, you will get to your destination eventually