So this is me! Yep started off the chubby chick on the left and by changing my lifestyle within 16 weeks I had lost 8 kilos. I didn’t go to the gym and I didn’t hit the latest FAD diet either. It was nothing fancy, just lifestyle changes.
I did it by eating more of the right healthy foods and introducing some shakes to replace some meals. I cut back my meal portions, which I think is a huge contributor. I also balanced out the food groups there was no longer 6 large potatoes on my plate just 2 small ones. I didn’t fill up my bowl of rice just 2 dessertspoons full. I cut back from 6 coffees a day to 2 and dumped my can of coke a day habit.
If I had take away I went for healthy options, wraps, juices, salads and sure that Big Mac looked tempting at McDonalds but a salad or wrap with no chips or coke did wonders for my waste and my wallet. Cutting out unhealthy food for 5 out of 7 days was easy and I treated myself to a few extra treats on the weekend. Sure I confess I love my chocolate so I switched from a block of milk chocolate a day to a piece of small dark chocolate.
I still went to parties and ate, I just had a couple of chips – not a whole a hand full, a small piece of chocolate cake instead of the biggest piece I could get my hands on. During the week I had water or soda water instead of cider or wine then on the weekend I had a couple of glasses of champagne, not a couple of bottles.
For exercise I walked, and walked, and walked. I mixed it up with some jogging and bike riding. I used my new found energy to get more involved with my kids, taking the dog for a walk and instead of sitting by the pool watching the kids I jumped in and did some water aerobics. When I took the kids to sport instead of sitting on the sideline I did laps of the field (keeping one eye on the kids of course didn’t want to miss a wicket!). I threw in the odd sit ups, lunges and planks too.
Tracking my journey with my friends was the best motivation and they kept me accountable with our weekly weigh ins. Tracking your steps shows you how much time you do spend on your feet up and down the stairs, getting up to kids and dancing around the house doing housework.
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