Wanting to lose weight is one thing, actively doing something to achieve that goal is another.
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In the past 12 months I’ve gained close to 28 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. My emotional eating got so bad to where despite going to working out 3-4 times a week my eating just wasn’t matching the effort put in at the gym and my weight crept back on!
Looking back, the issue was that I was SO busy, I genuinely couldn’t find time to worry about my weight and if I’m honest, it really wasn’t a concern to me with everything else I had going on. It wasn’t until a month ago where I retreated back home to New Plymouth that I had time to be still and reflect on myself. It took around a month of setting daily habits before eating healthy meals and exercising daily became a routine that is now instinct. I’m already 8 kilograms down through a combination of exercise and a low carb diet and I’m excited to see where I’m at in another 6 months!
Tips To Help You Lose Weight
#1 scheduling In Exercise
Not only does exercise burn fat but it also releases endorphins that make you feel good! I often use the excuse of not having enough time to go for a workout but learn to schedule in the gym like you would a hair appointment or catch up with a friend. I also always dred getting out of bed to go to the gym but every time I do I always feel great after the workout is done and forget how tired I was. 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 available. 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.
#2 Having A Fitness Buddy For Accountablity
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. If you don’t have any friends on the same path, try find a Facebook group or community group who has similar goals. If you’re looking, there’s no doubt there’s other people looking too.
#3 Cutting Back On Sugars, Processed Food And Carbs
I have a strong belief that the food I consume heavily dictates my weight. When I cut out the heavy carbs, sugars and processed food, 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. I avoid things that are in packets, watch out for hidden sugars and take a wholefoods approach.
#4 Tracking My Progress In All Forms
Although horrifying at the time, looking in the mirror daily and taking realistic selfies of my current body is what really motivates me. Being aware of how you look and what you want to change is so important to making progress. Sure – you can ignore it but the longer you do the more work you’ll have to put in later to get to where you want to be. 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 and from this. I learnt a lot about how my body weight fluctuates at certain times (shark week – I’m looking at you). H I also will put side by side shots from a month ago to now to see if there’s a difference. Most of the time the difference is massive and I haven’t even noticed! Often we don’t see the changes on ourself as we see ourselves daily so this can be super helpful to keep you motivated.