5 Strategies for Losing Weight

5 Strategies for Losing Weight

Last year I got sick and tired of being sick and tired. The number on the scale was nearly the same as it had been when I was nine months pregnant with our first child. I am not judging anyone else in that situation when I say: for me that was completely inexcusable.

Yes, my body changed after having children and no, I honestly did not want my 20 year old physique back. The extra weight was affecting my mood, my health, and of course, my wardrobe. Frustration I had for my own lack of self-discipline was leaving me short-tempered with those I love most. Frustration over the circumstances of our lives was leaving me so distressed that I found myself in the emergency room with Bell’s Palsy.

I knew that if nothing else changed, my attitude needed an overhaul because God did not put me on this earth for that kind of joy-less living. That was when I decided I could at least make small, baby-step changes towards the healthier living I’d experienced in the past.

I stopped drinking diet soda.
I started drinking more water.
I tried adding more fruits and veggies to my diet.
I read about the theories behind Whole30.
I started walking 4-7 times a week with SkipperClan.

I closed out 2014 a full 15 pounds lighter.

I’ll wait while the applause dies down…

Thank you, thank you, I may have done the happy dance a few times over these last few months.

I realized over the last week as I started to come back off of the high-sugar intake from holiday treats, that there are actually several other strategies I’ve been using to get healthier that have nothing to do with food.

Here are my 5 strategies for losing weight {that have nothing to do with food}

  1. Brushing my teeth, flossing if I’m feeling really munchy
  2. Going for a walk – I realize this is easier for me living in Florida, but maybe for you it’s 2 dozen crunches or squats
  3. Clean the kitchen and close the pantry – instead of having our daughter clean up after dinner, I will personally spend the time cleaning everything, wiping down the counters and physically closing the door to the pantry as a way of telling myself that the kitchen is closed for business
  4. Work on a craft – right now I have a detailed cross stitch project going and it requires a lot of concentration because of the way the pattern was printed
  5. Phoning a friend – or family member or anyone who can talk, we make voice calls so rarely anymore that it’s usually a great way to reconnect and distract me

These are a few of the techniques I have read about in the past but fully implement now to make sure I’m not eating out of boredom or stress. By eating meals that are balanced with protein, veggies, and a healthy fat {the basic Whole30 principle}, I know I have eaten what I need. These distraction and mental tricks help me make sure I am eating for health, I hope they will help you in the New Year as well.