Everyone has their own definition of what they want their body to be and that is certainly more complicated than just “skinny”. I want to be more on the muscular side while keeping my curves. First things first, what are your body goals, what is the body you always wanted?
I attribute TWO things to dropping 2 sizes in less than 6 months. (Yep, I was a size 14, now I am size 8-10. I buy size small shirts!)
The first one is SUPER simple. It’s getting rid of white sugar consumption.
For me, the number one place I had sugar was in my coffee – about 2 to 3 tablespoons in each cup with an average of 2 cups a day. This equals 240 calories or 63 grams of sugar. Ouch! To put it in prospective, that’s 1680 calories a week, about half a pound of fat, which is 2 pounds a month, GONE!
That’s 12 pounds in 6 months, where 10 pounds equals around 1 size. #boom.
Of course, I got rid of all other sugar for a period of 3 months and had only 1 cheat meal after 6 weeks of being super strict. This additional sugar came from wine, I was drinking at least a bottle a week (5 glasses of wine)! This is an average of 123 calories per glass, at 615 calories a bottle, and 2460 calories a month – that’s almost 1 pound of fat a month, GONE! Let’s add that to 6 pounds in 6 months, half a size down. Other areas, I cut out were all processed foods – my meals were strictly fish, chicken, quinoa, salad, and veggies which definitely helped shed the excess weight.
Of course, I also worked out 5 times a week with weights which helped me actually SEE the muscles and tone up nicely. Ultimately, your diet will be the reason you lose weight, not as much as your cardio/training – that helps but diet is wayyy more important.
The second thing that I did was changed the way I thought about my body.
I stopped calling myself fat or hating parts of my body, like my thighs and butt. I stopped feeling guilty for my cheat meal or an occasional slip up. I started to take those things my yoga teacher said about “loving yourself” to heart. One day, I actually believed it. I loved myself for who I was at that moment and my goals would help me enhance it all to another level. I also started to feel deeply grateful for the strong beautiful body I had that allowed me to do weight training and yoga everyday. I call myself silly things (in my head) like honey, girl, sweetie, love, beauty which helped me see myself as someone who is loved and appreciated.
I didn’t allow one negative thought to come in about how I looked or felt about my body. I just became immune to it through constant positive reassurance that I was beautiful, strong and capable. This internal positivity translated to outside as well. I no longer looked at other fit women with feelings of envy or annoyance. I now, (in my head) complimented them on how amazing they looked and cheered them on. I sent them positive vibes to continue on being healthy and looking amazing.
That’s really the top things I did: eliminate Sugar and eliminate negative self-talk. Now, I have this deep sense of appreciation and love for myself that I never had before. This is truly the body I always wanted and I can’t wait to keep enhancing it more!
Good luck on your journey. Remember, LOVE YOURSELF ALWAYS!
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