This week’s post includes my notes from my health and wellness talk at the recent Faffcon Voiceover Unconference. I wanted to share my journey with people, and hopefully inspire and motivate them to be the person they’ve always wanted to be. If I can lose the weight I have and keep it off, anyone can!
1. I started this journey out at 280 pounds. I’m 5’7″, and I should be around 140 pounds, so I was literally twice the woman I should have been. I’ve always known the general principles of eating well, but I loved food with the wrong kind of love.
2. Started out on the Nutrisystem diet, lost weight quickly and immediately started feeling better. I’d always had a resistance to ‘special food’ diets because they tend to be kind of expensive, and what do you do when you finish the special food and have to go back to the regular thing?
3. My brother Eric started on the diet at the same time as I did, and I cannot overstate how valuable this is. Having someone around to help keep you accountable, to not let you make excuses, and to do the same things you’re doing is a very strong part of motivation. It’s possible to do these things on your own, but it’s much more of a challenge to keep on track.
4. Education is also helpful. Learn about what’s in your food. What goes into making it? This will be more help than you think. Learn that the awesome ice cream you eat is 240 calories an ounce. That the pizza rolls serving size is only 4 when you normally eat 10 or 12. Read nutrition labels and see how many chemicals and other kinds of things are in your food. Simple is good!
5. Soda is really, really bad for you, and one of the biggest and best weight loss decisions I made was to give it up and drink water and tea. It’s chock full of sugar and acid that is terrible for your teeth, not to mention being something with no nutritional value whatsoever! Plus big doses of caffeine combined with the sugar means that you have spikes and crashes, making it harder to work.
6. Starting a diet is easy, staying on it is difficult, but not impossible, but where a lot of people run into problems is when they fall off the wagon. You’ve got to realize that when you fall off the wagon, that’s not the problem. Yes, you should acknowledge the area that caused you a problem and work to fix that, but the important thing is to get back on the wagon. It doesn’t matter if it’s been a day, a week, or a month since you last were on your plan, get back on. Don’t let you prevent you from looking how you want to look, feeling better, and doing what you want to do.
7. Like I said, you are your biggest enemy. Your excuses, rationalizations, and every other strategy you make up to keep yourself from being what you could be, how you want to look like, anything you want. Get out of your own damn way!
8. Move your butt. No seriously, move your butt. It doesn’t have to be huffing and puffing every day, but the amount that most of us sit every day is as bad for you as smoking. Sit for an hour, and then get up and walk for a few minutes, take a moment to do a couple of chores, and you’ll be amazed at how good you feel. Take your husband, kids, dog, or your own bad self and go for a walk! Just MOVE, and you’ll make a difference. Combine it with a few of these other things, and you will truly astonish yourself.
9. Don’t give up. Just don’t. It doesn’t matter if you screw up, don’t ever stop believing in your ability to change every habit that you don’t like. Don’t say you can’t do something, turn it around and figure out how you can. Everyone is capable of far, far more than they think they are. You just have to go out and get it!