I'm pretty sure more than 90% of all of you that are reading this post are clicking here from my Weight Loss Journey Episode on my channel, if not and you happen to stumble here from a Google Search then you can view the episode below.
My Weight Loss Journey Episode 01
Now, I can either begin this blog post on a negative note and relive all the fat shaming comments, bullying and criticising I've experienced in the 27 years of my life... but I won't.
I'm no stranger to having negativity literally pushed into my life, but I am at a point right now where I am a strong willed woman who refuses to let it control me. So no, I am not going to go in a rant about all sh*t stories that have happened to me, instead I am going to start this blog post on a positive note. We are all about staying positive in this blog post today people!
One - Stop Being A Negative Nancy
"The worst thing you could do to yourself is gloat in self pity."And boy is that true. Let's face it, the reason why we've been living our life doing nothing about the fact that we are unhappy about our body this far is because we feel sorry for ourselves. Self pity is a leech. It is self destruction. It will suck all the confidence out of us, to the point that we feel like we don't have enough will power or self capability to make a difference in our lives.
Stop feeling sorry for yourself. If you want to make a change in your life, realise that you are the only person capable of doing that to your life.
No one else is going to make you get up and eat healthy, no one else is going to pry you away from the couch to go for a workout. Yes, people may attempt to, but in the end you are the one with the final say. And if your final say is "I'm going to stay in my PJ's all day and eat chocolate" then honey, nothing is going to change.
"There are only two options; make excuses or make progress."Excuses come way too easily in life.
"I don't have money like the Kardashians, I can't afford a personal chef."
"I'm getting too old."
"I'm too busy."
"I don't have enough time."
Sound familiar? Of course it does. We've all been there and majority of us are still stuck in the revolving world of excuses.
Fact. People will always have more money than you.
Fact. Everyone is getting older.
Fact. Everyone is busy.
Fact. Of course you don't have time. You will never have time for something you aren't making time for.
In life there are many things that aren't equal; pay is not equal, odd numbers are not equal, marriage rights are not equal, but we as humans all have an equal amount of time - 24hrs in a day, 7 days a week, 365 days in a year (excluding leap year of course). It all equates to how we priorities our time and what we allocate our time to. If you want it, you will make it happen.
Once you get over your excuses, you will feel liberated, you will feel determined and you WILL get there.
"It's not a diet, it's a lifestyle change"Never approach this quote negatively. I used to before I learnt how to sustain my weight loss. I always assumed I could crash diet, get to my weight loss goal by summer and then get back to enjoying 5 slices of pizza to myself. It's completely opposite to that.
Fact. You can eat a pizza - just don't be a glutton and eat 5 slices.
Fact. You can eat chocolate - just don't finish the entire bar.
Fact. You can have a piece of cake - just don't cut a slice that sums up to 1/2 of the entire cake.
Fact. No one is telling you to deprive yourself of treats, just learn the difference between "Treat" and "Binge Eating".
Two - Your Destination
"In order for you to move from where you currently are, you need a destination."Your destination is your goal. My goal (if it isn't obvious) is weight loss, always has been and still is.
You already know where you are, you are in a place where you feel unhappy and unfulfilled about your body, now set a goal of where you want to be.
As impossible as the goal seems right now, you will work your ass off and get there. Oprah never became a Billionaire overnight, she had a destination and she climbed, broke through walls and bled to get there.
"Big Goals are important. You should always have a clear vision of where you ultimately like to be. But be sure to set yourselves a number of smaller goals along the way. Accomplishment drives ambition. The dream might be the destination, but the little triumphs will get you there."Having smaller goals is something I encourage and live by. I started off this journey by simply wanting to be able to go to the gym 3x a week, after fulfilling that I then changed it to 7x a week, then 2x a day, now I am 34kgs lighter.
Or I started off wanting to be able to run on the treadmill for 10 minutes without feeling like my lungs were going to collapse, that 10 minutes changed into 5kms, that 5kms then transformed into 10kms. Now I feel f*cken fabulous and my confidence is at a level where my ultimate goal of weight loss is so tangible that I can smell it.
Three - Plan & Prepare - Diet & Exercise
"A Goal without a plan is just a wish."Failure usually derives from lack of planning and preparing. Let's be honest, how many times have we had a week of binge eating, drinking and partying then come Friday night we proclaim "Monday morning I am going to diet!", only to have it sh*t itself by Monday night. Too many times.
You want to do it seriously? You want this to be a success rather than another failed attempt to add to the list of failed attempts? Then take the time to plan and prepare everything.
"85% Diet, 15% Exercise."This is a ratio I have planted into my brain and has stuck with me since day one. Why? Because favouring one or the other has never had it's sustaining benefits.
I went through a phase of making it 100% Dieting. Boy was that hard. I crash dieted, completely cutting out so much calories from my daily intake to compensate for the fact that I wasn't exercising. Did I lose weight? Absolutely. Did I feel confident and good? Fuck no. I felt tired, weak, moody and if anything it put my confidence level below 0. Plus, all the weight came back in double once I dropped the diet (which didn't take long because it was completely unsustainable).
Then there was the phase of 100% Exercise. Did that work? Sh*t no. I would go on the treadmill, burn 500 calories, be absolutely famished and hungry after and come home chomping down 500 calories worth of snacks and junk food. I just ate everything I worked so hard to burn off. What was the point in working out? I have no idea. Weight loss results came close to a zero because of this one.
This ratio keeps everything balanced. It gives you the best results faster. Don't favour one or the other because you will soon find yourself at a stand still and not progressing anywhere.
My 85% - My "Diet"
My background when it comes to eating comes to no surprise at the size I used to be.
Breakfast - Skip
Morning Tea - An energy drink. Mother was my weapon of choice.
Lunch - A whole family size bag of Lays Original Salted Chips + A family size block of chocolate.
Afternoon Tea - Skip. Or another energy drink to keep the energy levels up.
Dinner - Pizza night! Pepperoni or triple cheese was my favourite.
Get where I'm coming from? Well, in order for me to drop this habit I needed to kick start a new one. That's when Detoxing was introduced into my life.
There are so many different types of detoxes out there. Ones that require you to drink some sort of concoction, others that requires you to eat absurds amounts of lemon in one sitting. My one was quite simple. I restricted myself to 1,200 calories and ate very clean.
No fried food, no processed food, no processed sugar. Completely, 100% clean.
I ate 7 meals a day. Pre workout. Breakfast. Snack. Lunch. Snack. Dinner. Snack. And all proportioned them to sum up to 1,200 calories.
I went on the detox for 21 days/3 weeks.
Why so long compared to other Detox's that go for only 7 days? Because it takes your brain 21 days to adjust and register to the fact that you are dropping a habit (unhealthy eating) and picking up a new one (healthy eating).
What does a detox actually do? It flushes the system. All that gunk you've been consuming for so long get's cleaned the f*ck out of your body.
It reduces bloating. All that high in salt food intake that we are so used to consuming on a daily has caused your body to retain so much liquid.
It teaches you discipline. Coming from a background of binge eating junk food, discipline was in order.
After I've completed my detox I then adjusted my calorie intake from 1,200 calories to 1,800-2,000 calories, allowing cheat days.
I can not stress enough how much you should enjoy yourself in this health journey. If you are going to sustain this weight loss, then you have turn it into a lifestyle, if you are going to turn it into a lifestyle, then you have to enjoy it. So yes, cheat days are going to happen. yes, you are going to have cake. Yes, you are going to have chocolates and carbs. Like I previously said, it's all about proportioning it out and not being a glutton and eating every junk food in sight.
Calorie counting can be very controversial, and I ain't going to lie, a lot of people are against it and other people are all for it. I am all for it.
Calorie counting teaches you discipline, it teaches you how much your body should and shouldn't be consuming and it teaches you control on what food is good and bad for you.
But coming from a background that had no knowledge on how to read the nutrition labels on food, I wouldn't have a clue on how to calorie count. Which is why my cousin introduced me to this app.
The My Fitness Pal App.
Something that helped a person who once caved into temptation way too easily. I am no stranger to meal prepping and have been doing it since day one.
Basically you prepare all your food in advance for the week, pop it into the fridge/freezer and then when meal time comes you are able to heat it up and have healthy food easily at hand.
Minimises temptation. Keeps you planned. Keeps you prepared. Keeps you away from the trap of "I can't be bothered making something healthy from scratch, let's just order take out".
Healthy Food has no taste
My 15% - My Exercise
Exercise is one of the best things that I could have ever introduced into my life. Yes, in the ratio it seems to only be a mere 15% of the whole equation. But setting the equation aside, setting the goal of weight loss aside. The feeling exercising has introduced into my senses is one that you can't simply gain from dieting. My confidence has been boosted to a 10, my energy levels have reach a new record of high and my determination is stronger than ever.
The way your body can function and be manipulated by simply implementing exercise into it is absolutely amazing. The way you can challenge yourself to new levels and feel like you can suddenly do the impossible is liberating. The way your stress and worries can dissolve within a 30 minute workout is better than any anxiety medication I've ever been introduced to.
Ask yourself. Are you going to join the gym? Are you going to make an at home gym? Are you going to do classes? Are you going to join a boot camp group? Or are you going to do it in the comforts of your home on Youtube? Figure out how and what you want to do and implement exercise into your life.
I am a member of Anytime Fitness gym. When I decided to go on this weight loss journey I decided to make backing out not an option. So I locked myself into the longest contract they offered and handed them my bank account details. I will never spend my money on something I won't use. So me signing a contract left no option other than "consistently working out".
Anytime Fitness is a 24hour gym, excellent for those who come up with the "I am too busy" excuse.
I got myself a trainer for a few sessions. Just to introduce me to the machines, learn how to use the machines and the basics when it comes to navigating the gym. Goodness knows I would've been a lost puppy if I didn't have anyone to point me in the right direction.
I do realise that a trainer is pricey, especially in collaboration of paying for your gym membership. That's why I introduce you all to this eBook.
The Eat.Run.Lift Get Lean E-Book
This is the current program I am following. The book contains information about supplements, weights, types of exercises, types of stretches and 6 months worth of Gym Workout Plans. Yes, this is a ebook dedicated to gym workouts, so if you aren't going to join the gym, then you might want to skip this one. However, they do have other ebooks available for at home workouts, no equipment needed workouts, etc.
Before purchasing the ebook they ask you to fill out a pop quiz to narrow down your body type, in which then they direct you to the book customised to suit your body type. Note. This book is customised for women.
Purchase Ebook HERE
Planning on working out from home? CLICK HERE for a few at home workout plans.
Wanting to try out Youtube Exercising Channels?
- Blogilates CLICK HERE
- Yoga With Adriene CLICK HERE (My Favourite)
- Fitness Blender CLICK HERE
- XHIT Daily CLICK HERE
Want to hit a goal of running 5kms? 10kms? I followed a program using the Run Trainer App.
The Run Trainer App Under Armour
An app dedicated to implementing a plan to suit your current endurance. When setting up your plan, the app resumes by asking you questions such as the distance you want to be able to run, the date you want to complete the run by, the amount of times a week you want to dedicate to running. After gathering your answers it then creates a plan customised for you to follow. It is something I used and I recommend for anyone who is wanting or aspiring to do long distance running.
One goal of mine was to do 5kms of HIIT (Hight Intensity Interval Training) exercises 3x a week, it has now been upgraded to 7kms of HIIT exercises 5x a week. There are so many different types of machines and exercises you can do for HIIT, there's Circuit, weights, elliptical, treadmill... there are so many options. My favourite is the elliptical and treadmill. They've really whooped my ass into shape (literally).
My current favourite Elliptical HIIT Workouts
My Current favourite Treadmill HIIT Workout
Keep in mind these are all in mph not kph. So if you're from Australia you may want to convert them.
If these ones don't seem to tickle your fancy CLICK HERE to view my HIIT Workout Plan Pinterest Board.
Okay guys I hope this blog post helped all of you out. Please let me know how you guys are going on your journey. I would love to hear all about it. I always find it so inspiring.
On my next few Weight Loss Journey episodes I do plan on going in more depth on a few of the things I've done and I also plan on discussing the next stage of my journey - "How I stayed motivated - Falling off the Wagon". Please subscribe to my channel CLICK HERE if you are interested in anything along those lines.
Thank you all for visiting.