Welcome back! I’m so glad you’re still here 🙂 Today I thought I would share some of the most frequently heard comments and questions about my transformation since it is #TransformationTuesday.
By NO MEANS am I trying to be negative or sarcastic with this post. I’m trying to be helpful in my own way of writing. You guys know me by now, I’m just real. That’s the only way I know how to be. So please read with humor in mind but also know that your journey is literally ONE SINGLE STEP away. If I can do it, you can too. And maybe your journey isn’t weight loss or fitness but some other hobby you want to start. JUST START!!!! Same principles apply. WANT IT MORE THAN ANYTHING ELSE and see what happens 🙂
“You are so lucky you have the free time to be able to work out like you do.” “Must be nice to have so much free time.”
WHAT???? Ok, so I don’t have a family in the traditional sense, but YOU try taking care of 7 dogs, working full time and quite a few overnight weekends since I work in information technology, and even some overnights during the week. 🙂 It isn’t about being lucky – it’s about choices and what you choose to make the time to do. You can make excuses or you can make positive changes. I chose the second option.
I admit that most “normal” people can’t make the sacrifice that I made for the past year to lose the weight I lost just due to other demands. What I did and still do is extreme, and you don’t have to do all that to see results. But for me, I knew there was no halfway in. I did give up some things that used to be important to me because my health was far more important. I chose to free up time to go to the gym twice a day, it was not luck. It is very difficult to make complete lifestyle changes, but for me, it was more difficult NOT to because I was so unhappy and unhealthy. I won’t lie to you and tell you that every single day was easy and that I got out of bed super excited to work out. I’m human! Of course I have bad days, off days, whiny days, days where I don’t want to eat fish and veggies one more time. BUT if it were easy, everyone would be fit and there wouldn’t be an obesity epidemic in our country.
Truth be told, getting started isn’t that hard. Start small with simple choices and you’ll be surprised where you find yourself a few weeks in. Choose a smarter option with each meal, park farther away, take a walk around the floor during your break, make use of the amazing weather and walk around the building. It isn’t difficult, you just have to WANT it. In my experience, people just don’t start because they think simple small changes can’t make a difference. They think it has to be some big bang theory type of change, so they choose nothing. I was there, I know this feeling so well. But it’s just NOT true. MORE THAN ZERO, remember?
The secret of getting ahead is getting started.
How much water do you drink?
Typically a gallon and a half to two gallons, because I’m on a high protein diet and I workout twice a day. To which people say “I don’t have time to stay in the bathroom all day. There’s no way I could drink that much.”
- My body got used to it, and when you have a higher protein diet and work out twice a day you need water! It isn’t that difficult – look how many sodas people drink per day! Substitute water and BOOM, you’re getting what you need 🙂 Strive for 8 – 8 ounce glasses at first and go from there. You will surprise yourself how much better you feel; with the heat of summer coming on your body needs hydration.
Don’t you get tired of the same food all the time? Don’t you miss being able to go out to eat and have drinks with friends?
- I can go out to eat, I just have to make smart choices when I go. I can always look at the menu ahead of time online and plan what to order, and these days it is so easy to get something custom made for your nutritional needs. You just have to WANT IT!!! See the trend here? No, you can’t eat all the bread you want like your friends might, but you can enjoy the festivities and still stay on track, I promise! And when it comes to drinks, I can have some wine once a week, but I just have to think about the calories and the overall goal. Once you commit and start seeing results, it isn’t a sacrifice to give up a few things. And just because I have a meal plan doesn’t mean my food is tasteless! You just have to change the mindset from living to eat to eating to live.
How do you deal with no carbs?
- (I hate this, because vegetables are carbs and I eat lots of those, but for some reason people think I’m suffering because I don’t have complex carbs in every meal).
- Simple: my body doesn’t need starchy carbs every single meal. My brain might think differently, but I just follow my meal plan. Was it hard at first? OMG yes!! I was the pizza, pasta, rice and bread queen! But (here it is again) I wanted my health back more than anything else in the world, so I was willing to follow the plan. You just DO – you just deal with it, because the results are worth it. You don’t think about what you’re missing because it doesn’t take that long for your body to adapt. It’s your brain you have to convince, because the body is an amazingly adaptable machine.
Tell me what to eat and what kind of workout to do!
- I can’t – every BODY is different. Your body is totally different from mine, you process food differently and your fitness level is different. The most important thing is TO START!!!! Quit overthinking and just DO! There are so many things that are applicable to everyone – start there. Cut out sugar, cut out the stuff you know you shouldn’t be eating! Come on now, that isn’t rocket science and you don’t need me to tell you what you shouldn’t eat. 🙂 You just have to make the decision to STOP eating and drinking things you shouldn’t, and then move a little more. Stop sitting all the time! IT IS THAT SIMPLE when you first get started.
Something has to be out of whack with my hormones, I just cannot lose weight.
- Sure, by all means get a physical and have everything checked out. But guess what? I thought the same thing, and everything always came back normal. Are you REALLY trying to lose weight, and giving it all you’ve got, exercising and eating right? Plain and simple, I had to put in the work, I was overweight and only proper diet and exercise would fix it.