Wanting to lose weight is one thing, actively doing something to achieve that goal is another.
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I did the typical thing that I’m sure we’re all guilty of doing – I made a new years resolution to lose weight and only a few weeks ago I was jolted by the realisation that we’re almost half way through the year and I hadn’t made any progress – oops!
In the past 12 months I’ve gained close to 30 kilos – eeeek! My weight gain started when I moved to Auckland. I was so stressed out from the move, so intimidated by the big city that I really struggled to get into a routine. I had been telling myself repeatedly that I would work out regularly and eat healthy but I found myself constantly yo-yoing. Most nights I ate baos from Chinoiserie (no regrets because it’s so cheap and delicious) in bed while watching Netflix and I couldn’t even count the amount of Whittakers Creamy Milk chocolate bar wrappers that would pile up from my emotional eating. I was still personal training, going for workouts with friends and going to the gym but when I’m eating healthy only 50% of the time it really wasn’t getting get me anywhere.
I realised the issue was, I didn’t want to lose weight. I was so busy, I genuinely couldn’t find time to worry about my weight – it really wasn’t a concern to me with everything else I had going on. It wasn’t until a month ago where I took my long vacation back home to New Plymouth that I had time to be still and reflect on myself. It took 2-3 weeks of me taking time for me and figuring out where I wanted to be for me to feel motivated to get back into a routine of losing weight and actively make changes to achieve this. Currently 2 weeks back into the routine and I’m already 4 kilos down and I’m feeling more motivated than ever. There are four key things that are essential to get me into the routine of losing weight and I’ll share these with you below.
Getting in exercise
Not only does exercise burn fat but it also releases endorphins that make you feel good! I always dred getting out of bed or bracing the cold winter weather to go to the gym but I always feel great after the workout is done. I really enjoy classes and working out with others around. I find I’m so much more motivated when I’m surrounded by people doing their best. I have Les Mills membership and they have a range of classes avaliable. My top favourites are Pump, CRX and Fight, probably all my fav as they’re low on cardio but really pack a punch. I also do NTC (Nike Training Club) workouts which are great if you’re stuck on what to do or have limited time. It’s a free app with a variety of workouts which can be done at the gym or at home.
Having a fitness buddy to keep me accountable
My best friend Anastacia is my #1 when it comes to having a fitness buddy. We first met when I was at my largest weight and we were both losing weight and ever since she has always been my biggest cheerleader. Finding a friend who is on a similar journey as you are can be the best form of accountability. Anastacia and I have regular check ins where we celebrate our mini milestones together, share our meals, gym selfies and encourage one another. For me, it motivates me so much to see my friends succeeding and pushes me to keep going too. Even if they’re just sending me snaps from the gym, I think – hey! I should be at the gym too.
Cutting back on sugars, processed food and carbs
I feel like winter is the easiest time to diet, perhaps because in the summer I crave fruit and lots of it. I have a strong belief that the food I consume heavily dedicates my weight. When I cut out the carbs, I find my weight loss and energy levels do so much better. I stick to lots of green leafy vegetables like spinach and broccoli along with simple proteins like chicken and fish. I also make sure I get a large dose of good fats things like avocado, olive oil, flaxseeds, salmon and coconut oil is a must, at least twice a day.
Tracking my progress in all forms
Although horrifying at the time, looking in the mirror daily and taking half naked selfies is what really motivates me. Being aware of how you look and what you want to change is so important to making progress. I track my weight every day on my FitBit Aria scale, which is great because I just stand on it and then walk off and it logs it all automatically. I check it once or twice a week to see how I’m progressing. I also will put side by side shots of the week before and two weeks later next to one another to see if there’s a difference. Most of the time the difference is massive and I haven’t even noticed!