5 Healthier Lifestyle Choices That Helped Me Lose Weight
5 Healthier Lifestyle Choices That Helped Me Lose Weight
** Trigger warning – In this post I will be discussing weight loss. Please avoid reading if this is something which may affect you.
I try to avoid talking about weight loss. It’s a very taboo subject and hard to talk about without feeling like you may upset someone. So I try to stay away from talking about specifics of weight, avoiding words like diet and calories. In this post, I’m going to approach the subject from a different angle. I’m not going to tell you to go on a fad diet, cut calories or spend your days hungry. In the long run – it’s not realistic to keep up with these diets or cutting so many calories. I’m going to be talking about healthy lifestyle changes which will benefit you in the log run and improve your overall health – because that’s the most important thing!
My before weight could be somebody’s goal weight – so I’m not going to sit here and say I LOOKED AWFUL Because a) that’s damaging to other people and b) I didn’t look awful.. I looked fine!
I wanted to lose weight because I have always been a very small petite, person. I am 5ft2 so I’m on the shorter side. Over recent years my eating habits slipped. I’m not just talking about weight loss here, I’m talking about general health. I was eating fast food everyday because it was convenient with the job I worked in at the time. I was drinking heavily every weekend. I never drank water – always fizzy pop. I am a huge chocolate fanatic. If you give me anything smothered in chocolate, I’ll eat it. One day I looked in the mirror and it felt like overnight I had gained all of this weight. My confidence had completely gone. My clothes didn’t fit me. I always wore crop tops and tight fitting trousers, which I no longer felt comfortable in. Weight was something I never worried about before so this was a new experience for me and I hated it.
For years I’ve felt down about my appearance – on yo yo diets which didn’t work or working out religiously. I’d diet for 2 weeks, not see any progress so go back to my unhealthy habits. It felt like an endless battle. I was eating because I was annoyed and my relationship with food wasn’t the healthiest because I’d eat in response to my frustration.
I’ve recently started losing weight – finally after years of struggling to. I said to my partner ‘How am I losing weight? I’m not doing anything different to what I usually do?’ I was so confused, but when I really sat down to think about it, I realised I had lost weight without even trying – just by trying to make healthier choices for my overall health and not for weight loss.
Cutting Out Alcohol
This year I told myself I would cut back on my drinking. It always left me feeling crap. I suffer badly with anxiety after drinking, so it didn’t benefit me anyway. I started to think about why I was actually drinking and honestly, I couldn’t come up with a good reason.
I’m confident that cutting out alcohol has aided my weight loss. Not only that but I feel so much better – my skin is better, my productivity is better, my sleep is better and my mental health has improved.
Cutting Out Fizzy Pop
I love fizzy pop – I used to think just because I drank Diet Coke, it was healthier but it has the same affect on your body. Your insulin levels still spike in the same way.
Fizzy pop is not good for your health at all. So it’s best to avoid it completely. I really haven’t missed it either, which I’m surprised about.
Drinking 2 Litres Of Water Daily
This has been a big change for me – I never drank water. If I did, it would be one glass maximum. I’m now drinking 2 litres daily and I feel so much better.
I ordered myself a giant water bottle, which has helped a lot with keeping me in the habit of drinking 2 litres a day. I fill this up first thing in the morning and by the afternoon I’ve drank it all.
Water helps towards weight loss as it fills you up so you don’t feel the need to snack in between meals. If you feel like you need to snack, half the time you’re probably just thirsty. Water also helps with your metabolism.
Cutting The Sugar In My Coffee / Tea
I never thought I’d be the type of person to drink black coffee with no sugar! But I now prefer it over having coffee with sugar and milk.
I love my coffee and tea. I used to drink 7+ cups of tea a day, with 2 sugars. Cutting the sugar in my hot drinks has been the most difficult thing to do out of everything and it did take some getting used to. A cup of tea in my house is something comforting, it’s warming, it means let’s have a catch up, let’s relax. A cup of tea is a hug in a mug. There’s nothing a good cup of tea can’t solve! I could drink tea all day, every day. If I visit my family the first thing we say is ‘I’ll put the kettle on.’
At first I hated the taste of tea and coffee with no sugar, but your taste buds get used to it. I’ve also found that black coffee tastes quite sweet, now I’ve gotten used to the taste.
Exercise Doesn’t Have To Be Grueling
My partner got me a Fitbit for Christmas and it made me realise how inactive I am. I always used to work in job roles where I’d be up and about, constantly moving but ever since I converted to an office job it’s been hard to stay active.
The thing is – you don’t need to leg press 350kg or run for an hour straight on the treadmill, just find an exercise you enjoy. Even a simple walk will help your health.
I was taking an all or nothing approach to exercise before, but honestly it’s not necessary. Just stop overthinking it. Go for a little walk. Instead of driving to the shop, walk. Try a dance class or go for a swim.
I’ve also tried to incorporate something I enjoy to my exercise – I love dancing and when an 80’s classic comes on, I can’t stop myself from moving. So I’ve started following 80’s dance workouts on YouTube – it has made working out so fun!
I would highly recommend Pamela Reif’s workouts and Zumba Sulu. I love their dance work outs.
If I’m having a particularly inactive day, I’ll just go on a quick walk around the block with the dog to increase my steps and get my blood pumping. Like today – I don’t usually work out on Fridays, but I will take the dog out on my lunch break as a substitute so I get some form of exercise at least!
Summary Of 5 Healthier Lifestyle Choices That Helped Me Lose Weight
Those are the 5 changes I have made to my life to help improve my health, which have also benefited my weight loss. As you can tell, most of the changes are to do with the liquids I was putting in my body and they’re quite simple changes.
I’m in no way a dietitian – but these are changes that can definitely lead to a healthier life style. I still eat my 3 meals a day, I don’t spend the day hungry waiting for my next meal. I still eat what I like, within reason. It’s just about making healthier life choices. For example – if I wanted to treat myself before, I’d do this by getting myself a KFC or a Subway on my lunch break. My treat now is to have 1 or 2 biscuits with my afternoon cup of tea. See how much of a difference there is?
In total I have lost 10lbs so far and I feel great! I’m building my confidence back up and my clothes have started to fit nicely again. I haven’t felt this good about myself in years, not just on the outside but on the inside too. I’m not napping anymore, I have loads of energy, I feel motivated and productive. It’s helped not only my health but my mental health.
I hope you enjoyed reading!
And remember, you are all beautiful as you are!