Every year it seems that the majority of people’s New Year’s Resolution revolves around eating healthy and losing weight. I’m no exception to this myself… I actually have it as my resolution this year! I’ve slowly been gaining more and more weight as each year passes by, and I’ve always thought to myself that it would be easy to lose weight. Well, boy was I wrong! I have a little kick in my butt this year though, because I am travelling to Bali in March and I want to at least feel comfortable while I’m there.
The first step in getting started on any resolution is SETTING YOUR GOAL!
I didn’t have an exact number that I wanted to weigh, but my goal before my vacation is to lose at least 10lbs. The easiest way that I found to stick to my New Year’s Resolution of eating healthier and losing weight is to track my meals and get a good exercise in! I thought just by making healthier choices and going to the gym by myself would’ve been good enough before, but it obviously wasn’t enough since I haven’t lost any weight. I figured with the New Year and a trip planned, it’s better now than never to get my butt in gear!
The second step to achieving your goal is to PUT IT INTO ACTION!
Now, I’ve always gone to the gym about twice a week, but never noticed any difference. Looking back at it, it’s probably because I only did cardio. Around the end of August, my friend suggested going to Orange Theory. I looked it up online and saw that it’s a heart rate based interval training, and they track your heart rate and display it on a huge screen in front of everyone. It was definitely intimidating, and I wanted nothing to do with this type of gym. My friend pushed me to go and even got me a free week trial. That was 5 months ago and I’m happy to say that I’m going at least twice a week! I love the classes because it pushes me to do workouts that I would never do on my own. It focuses Endurance, Strength and/or Power, and I just love the music they play!
Losing weight isn’t just about going to the gym. I’ve been going to Orange Theory twice a week since October and still haven’t seen a difference in my body. Obviously what I’m eating is a much bigger part as to why I wasn’t losing weight. I basically worked out in order to continue eating what I was and not gain more weight. Well, my eyes have opened up (& the realization that my trip is only getting closer!), so on January 1st I started to actually watch what I’m eating.
The next step, would be to TRACK YOUR ACHIEVEMENTS!
I downloaded MyFitnessPal and started logging my meals! I input my height, current weight, what my end goal was and how many pounds I wanted to lose a week. Based on those, I am aiming to eat 1200 calories a day. The average women eats around 1500-2000 calories a day, and in order for me to lose weight, I need to eat less. I’m not entirely changing what I’m eating, but how much I’m eating. I’m not depriving myself of certain foods – just making healthier choices! So I can still go out and get fast food, but I’d choose grilled chicken vs crispy chicken, or removing bread or fried foods, and only drinking water. The great thing about MyFitnessPal is that I can track my weight! Which you wouldn’t think is completely helpful, but it’s good for me to see how much I weighed on certain days.
I think the hardest part of this whole “process” is that I cut out pop. The caffeine withdrawals are giving me constant headaches! But whenever I need a fix, I just drink a Coke Zero. I don’t drink coffee or tea, so that’s not even an option for me. Going to the gym or cutting down my food intake hasn’t been a huge inconvenience for me. It’s definitely hardest during the first 2 weeks of course.
So far, in the first month I have lost 4lbs from sticking to a better gym routine and eating less but also healthier foods! I have seen so many other people around me lose weight from more drastic changes in their diets, but this seems to be working for me so far! Of course, not everyone can cut their calories down so low, so if you want to lose weight, I would highly suggest doing some research first and see what types of diets are for you! My vacation isn’t until mid March, so I’ve almost come half way to my goal!