I’m 80+ pounds down, with 30 to go. Here’s what I’ve learned

I’ve learned a few things on my journey, and I hope that maybe someone will find one or two of them helpful. These are in no particular order.

1)Eat smarter, NOT eat less. This is key, for me. I could cut from a double cheeseburger and fries to a single cheeseburger and fries, and it wouldn’t do me any good. For ME, it’s truly not about eating less. It’s about making wiser choices. I can have a steak, nice side, salad, etc for less calories than a fast food hamburger and fries. Same with fish, chicken, pork, etc. Honestly? I’m eating more than I was before, but fewer calories. It’s leaving me feel much more satisfied.

2)Cut out soda, even diet. Seriously. I’m convinced it’s the devil. It’s heavily processed, contains all kinds of crap. For me, switching to diet wasn’t doing me any good at all. I STILL felt crappy all the time. I’ll be honest, the first 7-10 days without pop were pretty brutal, but suddenly, overnight, the craving was absolutely gone. It made a huge difference.

3)Little things add up. Going shopping? Park further out in the parking lot. Gotta go to the restroom at work? Don’t pick the nearest one. Commercial break in a show you’re watching? Get up, take a few steps. Stretch, Do a squat or a push up, or something that works for you. Every movement you make is expending energy. All those little movements add up.

4)Find something you enjoy, and do it. Running’s not for you? Don’t run. Enjoy riding a bike? Do it. Walking? Working out in a gym? Hiking in a park? I think the key, for me, is to do the things I enjoy doing (which are walking, hiking, and bicycling) and not worry about the rest. You don’t have to run a marathon to lose weight. You don’t have to join a gym You don’t have to ride a century, or take an aerobics class. You can find something you enjoy and it won’t feel like work.

Disclaimer–these are my own experiences. They may, or may not apply to you. Regardless, best of luck on your journey!

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