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Losing weight ~ My 5 Steps To Succeed In 2016

December 31, 2015

I didn’t have any illusions at the beginning of this month about losing weight. As you may remember, November was a very difficult month for me, in which I gained weight instead of losing it. Getting back on track wasn’t going to happen in December, the hardest month of the entire year, with all the holidays. I accepted the fact that this would be a month with another unpleasant number on the scale.

And yes, I gained some, but it wasn’t all as bad as expected. This morning my weight was 107 kg (235,9 lbs), which means I only gained half a kilo (1,1 pound). That’s not too bad! Okay, I still have to survive tonight, with all the New Year’s Eve food, but I’ll manage.

The hardest part will come in January, when I’ll have to leave all the binging behind me again. No festivities to hide behind as an excuse. In January it’s just me and my addiction again. But I’m determined. I want to overcome this. I want to be healthy. So I will find a way.

I won’t call it my New Year’s resolution. After all, I’ve been doing this weight loss journey for the last fourteen months now. I didn’t suddenly not want to get rid of my excess fat anymore. Losing it has always been my attention, I just encountered a few downfalls along the way.

So, how exactly am I planning on finding the road to success again? Well, I’m thinking of a few steps.

Twinkly Tanya ~ Losing Weight: My 5 Steps To Succeed In 2016 | Health | 101 in 1001 | Day Zero Project

Step 1: Do not buy sweets and treats again

This might be the most important step. When it’s not in the house, I can’t eat it, right? Sounds simple enough. But I actually believe this will be the most difficult step of all. After all, I will visit supermarkets for my groceries. How will I fight my desires there? What will prevent me from buying all the sweets presented in every isle? A strong mind? I hope so. I have experienced a strong mind sometimes is not enough though. And minds can be weakened as well. I’ll try though. Maybe the next step will help.

By the way, this will also mean I probably won’t buy any sweets for my pen pals for a while. They’ll have to do with tea, cute stationary and home-made gifts instead. Which none of them will probably mind. I guess it also means I will have to ask my pen pals not to send any local sweets anymore for a while. Bummer.

Step 2: Visit the supermarket as least as possible.

So let’s not torture my mind by visiting the supermarket too often then! Ruud is already the one doing the most groceries. I think this is really helping me getting less junk food in the house. We can also order our groceries more often. That way they will get delivered and none of us has to challenge ourselves by entering a supermarket. And it leaves more spare time for us as an added bonus.

If I really need to go to the supermarket, I will write down a list of the things I need and only buy exactly what’s on the list. Another challenge! But I think it will work and make things easier. And a proper grocery list will let us buy all the groceries need for the week. Which means we won’t have to go a second or third time to buy stuff we forgot the first time!

Step 3: Make a fruit and veggie plan

Having fruit and veggies available to eat isn’t the problem, we actually have them laying around in the fridge most of the time. But somehow I always forget to eat them. Or I choose not to and take a bad treat instead. Well, the bad treats will be gone now, so that’s out of the way. But changing my habits into actually eating the fruits and veggies will take a bit more effort, I think. I managed to eat fruit everyday when I was doing it as one of my 101 goals. So maybe I’ll need just that. A concrete plan of eating fruit and veggies during regular snack times.

Preparing the fruit and veggies beforehand might also help. Whenever I am craving for a snack, I do not want to clean and slice a bell pepper first. I want to grab something and eat it right away. So why not clean the bell peppers right after I bought them, slice them up and save them in little containers? Fruit might be a bit more difficult to prepare beforehand, but at least the veggies at up for grabbing then.

Twinkly Tanya ~ Losing Weight: My 5 Steps To Succeed In 2016 | Health | 101 in 1001 | Day Zero Project

Step 4: Have only one plate of food during dinner

This might be even harder than not getting snacks in the house. Ruud mostly cooks and he is very good at it! And often there is more food left after my first plate, so I eat more. I shouldn’t though! I just don’t know how to say no to a second plate of delicious food waiting for me in the kitchen.

So maybe we need to cook less, as to take this temptation away. Let’s just try it out.

Step 5: Exercise

Oh how logical this may sound. Wanna lose weight? Then exercise! But somehow I am not doing that at all. And I don’t have a job where I move around a lot either. So I’ll actively have to push myself to do some exercise.

What though? It should be something I will actually do. I had a health club membership for two years and I almost never went. Because of my Chronic Fatigue Syndrome it’s hard to get me places. I even skipped a lot of my dancing classes last year, and dancing is something I really love! I figure the less I need to travel, the better. So I thought of two things I will at least do:

  • I’ll have a daily walk of 30 minutes each day (assuming it doesn’t rain.)
  • I’ll get back to playing the computer games Dance Dance Revolution and Dancing Stage.

What, a computer game, you ask? Are you serious, you ask? Yes, I am. These computer games require dancing mats, a sense of rhythm and a lot of endurance. It’s sweating guaranteed! And it’s nothing mushy and mellow like the ‘fitness’ on the balance board. This is the real shit! This will absolutely help me with losing weight! I did it for years when I was younger and I loved it. And I don’t have to go anywhere to be able to do this. I just need to find some dancing mats to buy, because I’ve misplaced mine…

I will think of other things to do. Maybe I need to get back to dancing weekly, or sign up for a work-out program. I’m not sure. Let’s just start with doing at least something. Walking may not be the best work-out for losing weight, but at least it’s better than nothing, right?

Other steps

I have been thinking of way more steps, such eating low-carb meals more often, experiment with new, healthier breakfasts and lunches, start making drinking tea a habit etc. but I figured five steps are enough to begin with. Let’s first accomplish the basics. Who knows, the other things might follow naturally. After all, they are already in the back of my mind.

Are you also planning on losing weight in 2016? What’s your plan on how to succeed? Let me know. We might learn from each other! Happy New Year!

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  • Reply tianna December 31, 2015 at 6:17 pm

    you can do this! great tips for success! Other things that have helped me are to include more fruits and veggies in my diet (get full on those first + less room for junk), drink lots of tea and water, daily stretching and walking, workout 3 times per week at least 30 minutes, and focus on adding nutrients your body needs like lean protein, greens, etc. this takes the focus off weight loss or what you “can’t” have and onto what you can have! happy new year to you!

    stop by and chat ♥

    • Tanya de Kruijff
      Reply Tanya de Kruijff January 1, 2016 at 4:18 pm

      Thanks for the tips! They fit to what I am trying to accomplish: focus on the positive changes, instead of the restrictions. Happy New Year to you as well! 🙂

  • Reply Karen December 31, 2015 at 6:19 pm

    I like you plan. As you shop, you may want to always ask yourself this question before putting food into your cart, “Will this food nourish my body and help me achieve my goals?” Also if it is really difficult to not have a second plate of food then use a small plate, fill it with less food and then when you go for seconds limit yourself to one small scoop. I had to do this because the act of taking seconds was huge for me. I know use 8″ square plates. They look like I am eating a lot, but not as much as with a larger plate. Best wishes to achieving your goals.

    • Tanya de Kruijff
      Reply Tanya de Kruijff January 1, 2016 at 4:20 pm

      Hmm, interesting take on the second plate! I might just try this! Although the most difficult part for me is knowing there’s more in the kitchen. But who knows, it might work. Thanks so much for sharing. 🙂

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