I’ve always loved working out. When I was 13, I asked my mom to buy me my first aerobic VHS. I also loved to eat and I still do; however, now I practice healthier eating. If you follow me on YouTube then you’ll remember in my last video I mentioned my next video would discuss how I went from a size 16 pushing 18, to a size 8. So here, we go…
10 TIPS I’VE LEARNED ON MY WEIGHT-LOSS JOURNEY
- Inspire action by having faith in my own capacity. Faith must work; it must produce; it must be visible.
- Research. If you’ve never been proactive about your weight loss, start researching. Despite all my exercise, I still didn’t lose much. So, my mentor encouraged me to joined Weight Watchers (WW). I did and I loss 40 lbs. I promote WW because it laid the foundation for me. Contrary to popular belief, WW doesn’t require microwavable food. WW taught me about my food choices by using a point system. For example, I could either eat a Snickers bar for 8 points, or eat a 4 oz chicken breast, a cup of spinach, 1/2 sweet potatoe, a cookie, and drink a diet coke for the same points. The choice was easy.
- Plan to lose weight. I planned my meals in advance and I always brown bagged it.
- Keep track. I logged what I ate. So, if I didn’t make a good choice during lunch, or if someone brought cake, I could make up for it during dinner by eating more 0 point foods, which are usually fruits and veggies.
- Exercise. Taebo is my all-time favorite. I enjoy DVDs because I get better results than the gym. I learned that nutrition was essential for weight loss, but exercising & weight training was crucial for shaping my body. I don’t want to be a smaller & looser version of my larger self.
- Visualize. During my journey, I would envision myself in the body I’ve always wanted. In my mind, I need to see what I want and believe I can achieve it.
- Stay motivated by having a standard. I like to research fitness competitors’ diets and training schedules to help me stay motivated.
- Take Progress Pics. Oftentimes, I didn’t know how far I’d progressed until I could actually compare my before photos. This was especially helpful when I plateaued.
- Smile while exercising. This helps to prevent sagging facial skin, especially those marionette lines and jaw lines.
- Most importantly, double up on your sports bras! If you don’t, you’ll go from balloons to pancakes. Luckily, I gained a little; so now, I wear three!
- Height: 5’10 1/4
- Weight: 175 lbs
- Size: 8 US
- I haven’t measured myself recently, but I will soon.
- My goal is to obtain and maintain a mean, lean stallion-like 168 lbs.
We only have one body. Make it last!
Be Good. Look Good. Do Better!