Last winter when I was living in Korea, I noticed that I had gained
20 pounds a good amount of weight since I graduated from college. I decided to start eating healthier and working out more in order to lose the weight, and as a result, I lost 10 pounds. However, I lost focus of my goal once I moved back to California the end of March and started indulging in all the foods I had missed during my year abroad, which immediately resulted in my gaining back five pounds. Since then, it’s been a struggle to get motivated to lose weight again. Luckily, I finally found that motivation a month ago when I realized my wedding day was rapidly approaching! Here’s what I’ve done to get back on track with my weight loss goal:
- I work out almost every day (5-6 times a week). I alternate back and forth between running and yoga; some days, I might even do both!
- I’ve cut down on my dairy intake. I used to eat yogurt for breakfast every morning, then drink a latte. Turns out dairy takes a long time digest, so eating a lot of dairy first thing in the morning is no bueno.
- I’ve started drinking green tea in the mornings instead of lattes. Not only does green tea have caffeine in it, it’s super healthy and helps speed up one’s metabolism. Double win.
- I only drink alcohol and eat sweets on special occasions.
- I eat way more fruits/veggies and drink tons of water.
- I eat 5-6 small meals a day rather than 3 big ones– another good metabolism booster.
- I eat less processed food.
- I count my calories and try not to go over 1200 a day.
- I go on my runs shortly after I wake up because doing cardio first thing in the morning helps kick start your metabolism for the day.
- I try to implement strength training exercises (i.e. yoga) into my workout schedule as much as I can. Apparently, muscle helps burn calories, even when our bodies are at rest. So bring on the muscles!
- I’ve lost seven pounds! I’m almost halfway done with my weight loss goal (20 pounds total).
- I feel great: I’m becoming more confident with my appearance and I have more energy because I’m not eating crappy food all the time. I’m slowly becoming a stronger yogi and a faster runner, which feels good, too.
- I can fit back into some of my old clothes. SUCH an awesome feeling!
- My wedding day in less than three weeks. I don’t think I’m going to lose 13 more pounds by then, but as long as I reach the halfway point (three more pounds), I’ll be content.
- Reading my friends’ blogs is a huge motivation for me. Amy and Blythe have taught me that you can’t half ass diet and exercise. They’ve taught me that losing weight takes A LOT of work and it’s not going to happen overnight. They’ve taught me that if I want to lose weight, I have to commit to my goal and make it one of my most important priorities, and I’ve done just that.
- The instructors at my yoga studio inspire me so much. These women are in their 30’s and 40’s, and they have bangin’ bodies. Some have even had children, but you can’t even tell! These women have made me realize that 27 years old is way too young to let my body go.
- Lifelong health: This isn’t just about looking good in a white dress; it’s about living a long, healthy life. My mom, dad, and grandma have all had cancer, which means I’m susceptible to cancer, too. I believe that the healthier lifestyle I live, the better chances I have to avoid such a deadly illness.
Are you trying to lose weight or eat healthier? If so, what are some of the changes you’ve seen? What motivates you to live a healthy life?