My vacation is nearing it’s end, but in the meantime a few amazing ladies are stepping in with some pretty sweet guests posts for you all.
Introducing Jess from Operation Skinny Jeans. Jess is on mission to get healthy and uses her blog to be open and honest about her weight loss journey as well as a way to stay accountable. As she puts it, “I’m working my ass off… literally!” This is one motivated lady. Not only does her post below provide you with some great tips and tricks for staying healthy, but she also wrote this post as her state was under water attack (I hope all is well in Colorado, Jess!). I’m sure you all will enjoy this post, and you can always find more Jess over on her blog.
Hey Fitful Focus readers! My name is Jess and I am guest blogging while Nicole is on Vacation!
I blog over at Operation Skinny Jeans, where I share all about my weight loss journey and progress. I started losing weight about 10 months ago, when I finally decided to put myself first and make a change. I decided to start a blog to keep myself accountable and to share my experiences.
I have lost 45 lbs by eating better and moving my body more, simple as that. I started slow, and I have worked my way up to being able to run an entire mile without stopping. Being committed is a daily decision you have to make, and it’s not always the easiest one. But my philosophy is to go with what feels good and that will keep you on track for the long term. For example if I am really craving a cupcake, I will have a cupcake. I know that if I deprive myself that it will just turn into a binge.
I have learned to control my binging by being aware of what triggers it, and my giving in when I really want something. I don’t eat when I am bored anymore because I know that I am bored. This information is great, but how did I do it?! Here are my tips for getting in control of your bad habits.
- Learn the difference between feeling hungry and bored. When you are hungry, ANYTHING will satisfy you. When you are bored, NOTHING will satisfy you. No matter how much you eat, you will still be bored. Once you realize this, you will start to gain control over your mindless eating.
- Don’t deprive yourself. I subscribe to the idea that you are more successful if you eat clean 80% of the time. That other 20%, some people call “cheat days” or whatever, but I call it LIFE. Sometimes, I want a cupcake. And because I eat clean 80% of the time, I allow myself to have it. When I deprive myself of anything (low carb diet, no soda, etc) I crave it even more, and then I binge. I have done this time and time again and I just know that deprivation diets don’t work for me. If you find yourself binging, maybe stop restricting.
- If you are “hungry” drink water. When I first feel “hunger”, I drink 8 ounces of water, and wait. If in 10-15 min I am still hungry, I will eat something. But 80% of the time, I was just thirsty. Sometimes our body can’t tell the difference, and if you aren’t drinking enough water, you are more likely to be dehydrated than actually hungry.
- Plan plan plan! If you know that at 2 pm you crave something sweet and ALWAYS head for the vending machine, plan for that! Pack a sweet snack (yogurt, fruit, chocolate chips and almonds, etc) and then you are set! I fully believe that a failure to plan is a plan to fail.
- You DO have 30 minutes. Starting to get into a workout routine can be tough. You don’t know what to do, or how to maximize your calorie burn, or think you have any time. Truth is you DO have time. Everyone has 30 minutes. And 30 minutes of a high intensity interval workout is enough. “What is a High Intensity Interval Workout??” you might ask. Google it 😛 kidding. Basically you do something REALLY challenging for a short amount of time, then quickly move on to something else really challenging, without taking time to rest. This will maximize your workout in less time, and you will get more in. And you can do all of that without a gym or weight loss equipment. Boom.
If you are not sure where to start, these are great stepping stones. If you have any questions, feel free to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.