Weight loss is a funny thing. It's not a you get there and you're done thing. I think that's the part many people struggle with. It's in fact, a constant struggle. There are easier seasons and harder seasons. Seasons of great success & seasons where you have to pick yourself back up and try again. I think that's what I've learned this time. This time because this isn't my first go. Not even my third. More like my 25th. Or something. I don't know, I may be exaggerating a bit. Or maybe not by much at all.
But for people wanting tips here are mine.
Start somewhere. Small. Take one meal a day and replace it with healthier choices. Replace 1 soda/pop a day with water. Small. Start somewhere, but make it manageable.
Find the workout you'll do. This just basically means find a workout you won't hate. That doesn't mean you'll love your workout every day, but find a workout you seriously can love and make sure it happens several times a week. For me that is running. I'm not a great runner, not even a good runner. But I lace up my shoes & turn some beats on & I'm off.
Drink water. This is a tough one. I know. But seriously, the days where I am conscious about my water I tend to be more conscious about my food intake & I just feel better.
Use the scale, but don't let it determine your worth. There are a lot of people who have very strong feelings about the scale. To the point where fitness coaches often tell others to throw their scales out. For good reason, it becomes a scale of worth over a measure of the hard work. If it's defining your worth, then yes, kick it to the curb. BUT it can help you gauge your progress.
Get a coach. I am not a seller. But I can't tell you how much help it was for me to get a beachbody coach and have someone to walk along with me. And seriously, get on facebook, twitter or instagram and you can easily find a Beachbody coach. That doesn't mean you have to stick with a coach forever, but someone who has walked this, because more often that not, your coach struggled with their relationship with food, or finding time to workout.....
Stop comparing. There are so many fitness instgrammers -- stop comparing yourself to them. I caught myself wishing my belly away, because lets face it, it's a mess. Twin pregnancy, then another pregnancy, losing 60 pounds a few times has left it less than desirable. But it's the body I have. It's the body that has grown and birthed 3 very beautiful children.
"If you are scared because you don't want to fail, please remember that this is not something you can get right or wrong; it's just something that you do your best at, again and again."
Cameron Diaz Body Book
Meal plan. Seriously. This is my #1 tip. Even if you don't stick to it 100% it helps to have a plan. When you're tired and can't think straight, if you have it written down you'll make a better choice.