Hello lovlies, hope you all had a fun and relaxing weekend. My weekend started out quite busy and tiring but I felt so much better after a super nap Sunday afternoon. This weekend I tried sorting out my inbox and found some photos from 2006 of chubby Nemi, feels like a different lifetime since I was overweight. Most people that have known me just recently find it hard to believe that I used to be chubby, I even find it hard to believe because I feel like a different person.
When trying to lose weight most people fail and end up in a 'YO YO CIRCLE OF DOOM' because they try to make temporary changes which is what mosts diets really are. Over the years I have learnt that the key to losing weight and keeping it off is to make PERMANENT CHANGES. The whole idea of a permanent change need not scare you because most times they are not drastic changes, they are just little changes without a deadline.
Here are some simple changes you can make that will result in permanent weight loss and zap you out of the vicious diet cycles and yo yo-ing.
Move moreI have noticed that most naturally skinny people hardly diet or run many miles a day, what they do is move more. They walk almost everywhere, they don't sit still for too long and are generally up and doing. This I believe, is one of the keys to a sustainable weight loss, the human body was not programmed to be still and sat at a desk for 8hours a day then in front of the TV for another 3 before bed, that is just too much sitting. I read an article about women that do more house work having better bodies not because they eat differently but because they moved more. Moving more everyday by walking, doing chores, playing outside with the kids and being generally active will give you better long term results as it is sustainable, does not increase your appetite like most workouts and is natural for your body.
Love your body
If you love someone you treat them good right? You would not do anything that will hurt them and will want them to look and be the best that they can be right? Then why do we put things in our bodies that will hurt it? Why do we compare our bodies to other people and unreal images in the media('comparison is a brutal assault on ones self). Why do we binge, starve, smoke, eat processed food, not drink enough water and do all the things that have a bad effect on our bodies. Perhaps we don't love our bodies as much as we should because if we did we would treat it better. Loving your body is the key to being disciplined and will give you the strength to make better decisions
Think like a slim person
My husband and I have something we call a 'chubba fantasy' which are simply unhealthy thoughts and attachments to food. Everyone struggles with this every now and then but former fatties like myself have to fight it regularly and the good news it that over time it reduces. An example of a chubba fantasy is the desire to get in bed with tub of Hagen Daz instead of dishing out a few tablespoons in a bowl or going for a KFC bucket instead of a meal. These over the top diet choices make people fat and most people still struggle with them during and post weight loss. They result in binging then feeling really guilty, starving then binging again...aah must be painful! My trick is to ask myself what a natural slim person would do and do that instead. Always works for me.
Few years ago I had a routine where I went on a fast every Friday for religious reasons from morning till 6pm. I did not realise it then but looking back at pictures I realised that I was in great shape without any dieting and I felt so much better generally. For many years fasting has been recommended by many religions for cleansing the mind, body and soul. And in recent years science has proven its numerous benefits like detoxification, fat loss, reducing blood sugar, reduced high blood pressure and many more. Fasting does not have to be extreme or drastic it is as easy as skipping 1 or 2 meals to give your digestive system a rest.
Trust the process
Post wedding/honeymoon I gained around 10lbs and I've been struggling to lose it. I went down the popular route of fad diets but did not last which let to some serious yo yo. I recently read an interview with Fitness Model Jamie Eason(My best friend in my head), she recently had a baby and put on quite a bit of weight, she said she was able to enjoy the pregnancy and eat what she wanted because she 'trusts the process'. The phrase stuck with me, she believed that if she eat clean healthy food and lifts weight the excess weight will fall off and guess what? It did! Not over night but in good time and she looks great! This really inspired me to trust my process by moving more, loving my body, fasting weekly and being patient.
Have you lost weight and kept it off? What was your process?