‘Three months from now, you will thank yourself’. That was the quote I repeated in my head as a mantra last month. Losing weight never seemed so hard as it was in the last couple of months. In January, I even almost gave up completely. But then I found this quote, which gave me back a little bit of hope. Maybe my fight wasn’t over yet. I just had to find the right motivation.
So I wrote down the quote on a blackboard hanging in my kitchen. And I repeated the phrase over and over again, especially at times when I’d feel weak and wanted to grab an unhealthy snack. And it worked! I managed to make healthier choices most of the times. Sure, I had my weak moments, I’m not a superhero. But apples were eaten and chips were discarded.
I wanted to do more though. I wanted to turn this positive vibe into a real weight loss boost. Wouldn’t that be nice? To stand on my scale at the end of February, seeing that I had undone most of my damage? So aside from the mantra, I took a few additional steps.
Making work-outs a regular thing
Before last month I didn’t work out. Ever. I had taken dancing lessons for a while, but I stopped last summer and didn’t replace it with other activities. Not the activities that require some muscles at least. Of course I knew that in order to lose weight, I had to do something of a work-out at least once a week. But I was very good in making up excuses, so I never did.
Most of my excuses were about not having the money to join a club or not having the right equipment to do the things I’d be interested in. When I realized I was almost halfway on my Day Zero Project, but not halfway yet on actually completing my 101 goals, I decided there would be no more excuses. Now was the perfect time to try accomplishing at least this one goal before half of my project would be over:
#43: Exercise five days per week for a month, at least 30 minutes each time.
I decided to either walk or do the game Dancing Stage on my Playstation. I still hadn’t found my dancing mats for that, but since excuses were not allowed anymore, I bought new ones. I figured the investment would pay itself back in the end. Even when my tv broke down in the middle of one of my work-outs, I didn’t make any excuses. Instead, I looked up some Zumba lessons on YouTube and completed my work-out using my tablet. And on sunny days I walked.
It can be that simple. It’s daunting how often we hold ourselves back from doing stuff, just by firmly believing all the excuses we make. Once you get rid of the excuses, the door to the right path magically opens.
A few months ago, I got two sets of detox pills for my birthday, to help me lose weight. I already did the first detox program, by taking acai berry pills each day. I hadn’t noticed major results in losing weight (although a slight change was noticeable), but I became best friends with the toilet those weeks. was a bit reluctant to try out the second cleanse (a green tea cleanse), not even because of said toilet, but because these pills are big. I mean, Huge! They are monstrous. And I am not exactly a pill hero. Pills need to be tiny and rounded for me to even consider taking them. These were rounded alright, but definitely not tiny.
I had them anyway though, and besides getting stuck in my throat and letting me choke, what exactly was the harm in taking them? They might even help me getting that weight loss boost I was hoping to achieve.
Yeah, they didn’t. I am still taking them, but I haven’t noticed any difference. The weight I’ve lost could easily be linked to the healthier food I ate or the work-outs I did. Let’s see if they will have any magical effects in the last week, but to be honest, I highly doubt it. Oh well, at least I tried.
Choosing low-calorie, simple meals
I often lack the energy to cook. I am still chronically fatigued and I prefer putting my energy in growing as a writer, than in cooking dinner. Ruud also lacks the energy a lot of the times, due to long traveling hours back from work. So pizza was our solution! Oh, we ate so many pizzas. If we’d stack all the pizzas we ate in a month, we would probably melt from shame.
I’d love to eat fresh meals every day, but in reality that’s just not possible. But surely there had to be some other solution than eating pizza all the time? There is. It’s called soup. It may sound silly, but I just never thought of soup. Plain old canned soup accompanied by a baguette. So simple! It may not be the healthiest meal still, but it definitely beats pizza.
So, did it work? I had my mantra which kept me from eating bad snacks, I worked out five times a week, I tried detoxing and I replaced pizza with soup. But did it result in a weight loss boost? Well… Not really. This morning, my weight was 108,7 kg. Thats almost a kg lighter than last month, so it’s heading the right way. It’s not, however, the major loss I was hoping for. I had hoped to lose at least 1,5 kg, maybe even 2 kg.
I have seen 107,5 kg on the scale somewhere this month, but I don’t quite get where it went ‘wrong’. I did order a pizza once, but that’s a week ago already. The effects of that meal should have worn off by now. I ordered fries yesterday, and that didn’t even show on the scale this morning. So I must be doing something right. I don’t know, maybe it’s all the superhero muscle building I do lately. Just kidding. Although working out could actually prevent me from losing weight, since muscles weigh more than fat. Let’s just hope it’s that.
The main thing is, I am losing weight again. I am eating healthier again. I am not binging on snacks anymore. And I am working out. All these healthy steps must lead me to my goal eventually, right? ‘Three months from now, you will thank yourself.’ Let’s keep that in mind. Maybe this one month didn’t make a huge difference on the scale, but three months will. Hopefully. And baby steps are steps all the same!
Of course, a few tips wouldn’t harm. So if you know of anything I should try, please let me know in the comments. How did you succeed in losing weight? I’d love to know!