Admitting there’s a problem.
Too often our friends and family tell us we look good, instead of telling us the truth. We never see the problem, or should I say don’t want to see the problem until it is too late. The majority of the time you will admit to the problem when it has created other problems, such as health issues. The first start to changing your lifestyle is to admit that you are overweight, and taking the proper action to correct the problem.
With me personally, it took for me to become out of breath when I walked, a border line diabetic, and to have to go up in pants size. I had been small all my life, and then to go into a department store and have to get a larger pants size was ridiculous. But what was even more ridiculous was when I went to try the pants on and it made you tired. That was my time to change, I started off, by joining challenges, walking more, and changing the way I ate.
I stayed on Youtube with different weight loss/lifestyle videos. My first challenge was in November 2011 with a girl called Beautifulbrwnbabydol. Here is the link http://youtu.be/svcrIvG2yGk. I stuck with this challenge and after that, I continued, I have to admit it was hard, but I stuck to it. I started jogging when I was walking and challenge myself to jog more.
I am where I am today because of dedication and motivating myself to work hard and see results. I started joining more challenges and challenging myself to push harder,creating my own challenges and when I fell off I got back up and continued. I joined weight watchers for a year and did workout videos and Wii Fit at home; I also worked out with my husband from time to time. I started taking pictures and doing my measurements and journaling my journey to hold myself accountable.
Again everything was not easy, drinking water alone was a challenge to me, and I hated water. Giving up sodas and sweets and mainly cutting back on my rice (I ate rice breakfast, lunch, and dinner). I give myself a cheat day once a week to keep me from getting bored, but even on my cheat days I do not eat a lot of food. Changing your lifestyle is mostly mental to me, if you don’t have your mind right it will not work. You have to be mentally ready as well as physically and emotionally. Start by setting small goals, planning your meal, exercise, and your day.
Write down everything from how you are feeling, what you put into your body, what exercise you are doing, and your thoughts. Stay positive, focus on the big picture, and hold yourself accountable for you. If you fall down, get up and brush yourself off and keep on moving. It is all about being able to make errors in judgment and finding a way to fix them and make it happen. Good luck to everyone who is up to taking the challenge to starting a new lifestyle.