15 Pounds Down & Counting: A Gradual & Healthy Way to Lose Weight

I have been a fairly unhealthy person with my eating and exercise. I don’t like “dieting” or exercise for that matter. Like many friends and family members, I’ve struggled with weighing more than I should.

Well I’m doing healthy on my terms now. I’m excited to have an outlet like this blog to share my story with you. This all started with Blogapalooz Hour last month. We were asked to write a love letter, but it couldn’t be to a person. I wrote a break up letter to Pepsi. And the break-up stuck.

So what was I doing wrong before? Here are a few things:

  • Eating whatever, whenever, and however much I wanted
  • Eating out for lunch every single day- usually fast food
  • Not paying attention to nutritional values
  • Never exercising
  • Not eating breakfast
  • Eating lots of candy and sugary things
  • Drinking 2-3 20oz Pepsi’s a day
  • Not drinking water

That’s a lot to tackle and fix. In the past, I’ve tried completely jumping in to a healthy lifestyle and fixing all the above problems all at once. This time I focused on three things as to not burden myself.

  • I gave up McDonalds, Burger King, Wendy’s, Arby’s and Taco Bell
  • I gave up Pepsi starting on 6/26/2014 and all sodas 5 days later
  •  I started eating something for breakfast, typically Yogurt

It’s not a lot. I haven’t started exercising. I don’t eat a well-balanced breakfast. I’m still eating some fast foods like Chipotle and Portillos. The point is I’m making changes that aren’t overwhelming. And it’s working. As of this morning I have lost 15 pounds in 29 days.

Now I’m going to up the ante. I’m going to add a few more goals.

  • Drink ½ my weight in ounces of water every day
  • Start taking walks to increase exercise
  • Try to bring lunch to work 1-2 days a week.

How about you try this? Make a list of your most unhealthy habits. Pick 1 or 2 that you think are attainable and will pack a punch (Fast Food and Soda were key for me). After you lose 5 or 10 pounds, pick another 1 to 2 habits to kill.

I believe this method works for a few reasons. I’m not overwhelming myself. I’m keeping the momentum up by increasing my healthy habits over time. I’m giving my body time to get used to the changes before throwing more it’s way.

Hopefully the progress keeps going in the right direction. If so (or if not) I’ll update you in a week or two.

Disclaimer: I’m not a nutritionist. I’m not a doctor. I read a lot on the internet but I’m no expert. If you are making any major diet changes you should definitely consult a doctor. Thanks!


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