Many people have asked me, especially over the course of the last few months, how I lost so much weight. By the way, the last time I checked, I was down 59 lbs. I have freely told each person who has asked about my weight loss journey, but I don’t think anyone has believed me. I know that we live in a world where people claim to pop pills and lose weight, get bigger butts, and more, but true results come from within. Read more
Now, before you start going in on your keyboard to let me know something about myself, I do recognize that some people have gone on a diet and have been successful in losing weight. BUT for the rest of us folks, I want to tell you just why dieting doesn’t work. I have tried Weight Watchers, cutting carbs, fasting, protein shakes, meal replacements, supplements…you name it! (in my Shirley Caesar voice) Read more
Recently, I posted a photo showing my weight loss over the last year, and in a matter of hours, I had hundreds of likes and comments, and several messages in my inbox from women asking me how I lost 40 pounds. I mean, they were really looking for my “secret” in getting results.
Honestly, I was both flattered and frustrated. Most people don’t realize the things that they do on a regular are the things that cause them to get “unwanted” results time and time again. At the risk of being perceived as a joke, I also posted a status that read “When you get tired of something, and I mean truly tired, you WILL do something about it. Until then, one can only assume that you love your situation.”
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How I Lost 40 Pounds
I meant that in love, regardless of how it is taken. The short answer to the question, “How did you lose 40 lbs?” is simple…I made a decision to lose the weight. I decided what I wanted, and I started moving toward that goal. The long answer is this. I had tried the diets and failed. I restricted calories. I bought all healthy foods, and ordered pizza after a couple of days. The point is, I knew what didn’t work for me.
I had lost weight before, but I hadn’t changed my lifestyle. So, that was the goal this time. It took me about a year to lose the weight, because I refused to workout. I wanted to get the food part down, first. I had heard and read in several places that diet is 80% of weight loss, and that exercise was only 20%. I removed several things from my diet, and reintroduced them one by one, after a few weeks. I learned that my body didn’t like cow’s milk, bananas, and bread. I cut out fast foods, and started cooking at home more. I started using coconut oil for everything, and within a couple of months, I saw the scale change for the first time.
I kept up with my eating habits, because I had made changes that I enjoyed and could sustain long term. Seeing the numbers go down on the scale gave me added motivation to keep it up too! I exercised a few times, but it’s not my thing, at least not right now. Lately, though, I’ve been tricked into working out, because my husband bought me a bike, as an early anniversary gift, and I’ve been riding every day.
If you are trying to lose weight, I encourage you to stop trying, make a decision, and just lose the weight. When you want something bad enough, you will make a way to get it. I’ve done that in so many other areas of my life, and I finally applied it to my body too. Change your mind and it will change your life!