Since my teens, I have had a back and forth battle with my weight. I lose, I gain. I gain, I lose. It’s always been my story. I’m also short. Short stature, short torso, short arms and legs. I guess I’d be a liar if I wasn’t honest enough with you to say that there are days that it shakes my confidence a bit but now that I am in my 30s …like really in my 30s… I have really been taking a stance of learning to love and embrace so much about who I am as a person. I’ve discovered myself and work each day on self-exploration and deeper self-love and if I can start to enjoy the inside of me so much then the outside needs to be part of that package!
In really delving into this self love, I have also had to realize that a lot of my habits are unhealthy. Some that have led to the weight gain and some that have just led to issues with my health. So with 35 around the corner, I decided that it was time to take my health a lot more seriously. I have started working with a wonderful health coach/personal trainer, Vanessa from VFitBoston and she has been amazing helping me to really get my eating habits in track the last couple of weeks. EVERY SINGLE DAY is a struggle but it gets a little easier as time goes on. I am a hardcore foodie. Went to culinary school and everything. So limiting the foods I eat is very hard for me. Working with Vanessa has made it much easier for me to stay focused.
If I had to give some tips and tricks that have helped me to stay on track this is what I would say:
It sounds crazy but it really makes a difference. Praise your self for the good choices you have made instead of putting yourself down for the bad ones. Yes try to stick to good habits but don’t beat yourself up for little slip ups. I lost quite a bit of weight a few years back and so I beat myself up over falling off the wagon when I could be at my goal but instead of focusing on that I try to focus on the fact that I’m making changes now and I’m on the right track NOW
Know your weaknesses and ask for help
I finally came to the realization that weight loss and healthy eating was just not something I could do on my own or even with online help. I need an accountability partner. So it helped to have a coach that I could see in person and who is a real person to me who is on my side. As much as we may like to everything on our own, we can’t always and knowing when to seek out help makes you stronger in your endeavors
Track your Actions
Write down the things you’ve done, the food you ate, the workouts you’ve completed. Keep track of your accomplishments. Not only will it help keep you accountable, it will be a journal of successes for you to look back on when you are having a day when it just gets too hard or you fail like you’re not succeeding in the way you would like.
Are you on a mission to get healthy? What are some of your ways to stay on track?