Today’s guest blog post is from Emily, also known as Skinny Emmie. She’s a complete inspiration and a friend I can’t wait to meet in person. Enjoy her post because she knows what she is talking about!
Having once weighed 455 pounds, I’ve analyzed weight loss backwards and forwards, inside and out. Like many of you, I’ve tried a barrage of random diets ranging from cabbage soup to grapefruit. I’ve ingested weight loss pills (both prescription and over-the-counter), read books (half of which were probably endorsed by Oprah), thrown downright hissy fits (ugly), and have exercised compulsively (particularly in the Tae-Bo era).
What I realized is that weight loss is easy.
Yep — Easy.
People over the years have invented thousands of ways to lose weight. You can eliminate food groups, go to meetings, and do nearly any form of moving your body. Fancy trackers, electronics, phone apps, fitness contraptions – all exist because someone thought they worked (and they wanted to become gazillionaires.) Think about it: what programs have you actually 100% put your heart and soul into and NOT had some level of success? I’ve lost weight eating no carbs. I’ve also lost weight eating lots and lots of carbs on a low-fat diet. I’ve swam, Zumba’ed, played tennis, and been a gym rat. All of them worked.
What isn’t easy: our stubborn minds and inability to do continue doing things as soon as they don’t seem to be working anymore.
There are so many choices of how we can spend our frazzled days. Laziness creeps in and exercise goes out the window. Or convenience foods creep their way back into your life because they are just that: convenient.
To make weight loss easy:
- Find a food plan that is easy for you to maintain. Do you enjoy the food? Is it easy for you to prepare? Does your family like the same food?
- Discover activities for exercise that you actually enjoy and look forward to. Test out all sorts of things: basketball, hula hooping, swimming, racquetball, running, etc. Stick with those things that you don’t dread doing.
- Make the right decisions over and over and over. Had a bad lunch? Dinner will be better. Stalled out with your weight loss? Keep pushing and doing what has made you successful before. Faced with eating cheese fries or a salad? You know the right decision.
Ultimately, we determine our level of success. Don’t let food, work, or life distractions remove the power you have within to make whatever change you want.
Emmie is the weight loss blogger behind Skinny Emmie: a journey to get fit and live life. Since starting Skinny Emmie, she has lost over 110 pounds through workouts, clean eating, and addressing emotional issues and triggers. Emmie lives in Lexington, KY and loves traveling and reading, and is easily distracted by sparkly things. Becoming “Skinny Emmie” isn’t about becoming thin, it’s about living a life without avoidable physical limitations. Follow her on Twitter or Facebook.