Before I get too far into this post, let me just say 2 things:
- I am not a doctor and do not profess to be a medical professional of any kind. Before beginning any diet or exercise program, please speak with your primary care physician about what is right for you.
- I cannot promise this will work for you. I wish I could. Unfortunately, every person is different, and what may work for one may not work for another.
Now that that’s out of the way, let’s get on with the post!
- My gym closed down. No more “New You Fitness.” No more 24 hour opportunities to go work out.
- We were broke. With 2 more babies, and 6 other growing kids, we have a total of 10 mouths to feed. That makes for a large grocery bill every month – plus diapers, wipes, clothes, and every other expense that comes with having a large family.
I wanted to lose weight, but I had to do it completely on my own. I couldn’t afford Shakeology, It Works!, or any other “magic” potion I could buy.
That’s where sheer determination kicked in.
In March of 2015, I had to stop nursing Sawyer, so I could totally focus on weight loss. I was down to 201.8 pounds. Still over 200, and I hated everything about my appearance.
Here’s what I did to help lose weight:
- Cut portion sizes. Tremendously. I stopped using a regular dinner plate, and I switched back to only using a salad plate for my dinner. And absolutely NO SECONDS. Once I finished what was on my plate, that was it.
- I increased my exercise. I started walking again, and made sure I walked at least 30 minutes every single day. Some days I walk on the wii fit, other days it’s the treadmill, but I try to walk outside as much as I possibly can. If I have the opportunity to walk more than 30 minutes, I take it. There have been many, many times, (on my husband’s days off!), that I will walk 5 – 7 miles in the morning. Those are the days I feel the best.
- I invested in a Fitbit One. There are several reasons why I love the One.:
– I had the Flex first, but it doesn’t count your steps unless your arm is swinging. That doesn’t help me when many of my steps come while pushing 3 kids in a shopping cart through the grocery store. The One clips to my pants, or I can drop it in my pocket or even in my bra if I’m in a dress for church. Way more options!
– I started participating in Fitbit Challenges. I am a super competitive person, and the challenges force me to meet my step goal for the day, and sometimes even cream the competition!
– The One is a great motivator to take more steps and meet my walking goals for the day. The more walking I do, the more weight I lose!
- I stopped drinking so much water. Now, this one usually stumps people. They push drinking gallons of water every day to help you lose weight. However, I have discovered that my body actually retains water. If I drink to much of it, I can’t lose weight. I drink enough to keep from getting thirsty, but I’m no longer drinking it by the gallon. (This may be something you want to talk to your doctor about first!) And, yes, in case you’re wondering, I still only drink water, I just don’t drink a lot of it anymore. Still no soda, no sweet tea, just water with lemon in it.
- I will NOT eat after 7pm. This can be difficult, because I feel like family dinners are so important, and my husband doesn’t usually get home until late. So, the kids and I will eat dinner together, and then I will sit down at the table with hubby while he eats, and just talk to him about his day. It’s really, really hard to keep from eating all over again with him, but I won’t. I’m not active at night, so I don’t want to put calories into my body that are just going to sit there.
- I revamped my life in Christ. I truly believe that in order to become a new person on the outside, you have to become one on the inside. You must first be someone so truly devoted to your Savior that you become “hungry” for Him instead of the junk hiding in your pantry. I recently started a 4 week weight loss/spiritual growth study called #GodBeforeGoodies. It’s designed to grow your life in Christ while helping you shrink your body. 😉 If the group goes well, I’ll be sharing the study here on the blog. I truly believe that if we want to lose weight, it has to be a total life change. But, that life change must first start in your heart. It has worked for me!
I have people tell me all the time that if I just “drink these shakes” or “try this crazy wrap thing,” but they don’t understand that I cannot afford to spend any extra money. Yes, it might be a great value for some, but $150 for a month of shakes is a lot of money when you have 9 other mouths to feed besides your own. I need to be able to lose weight without spending a dime – and I’ve done just that! I still eat exactly what my family eats, I just eat smaller portions. I haven’t drastically changed my diet and started adding in expensive organic food. I just don’t snack like I used to, I eat way smaller portions at meals, and I don’t eat at night.
I’m not at my goal – yet, but yesterday, I actually got into my goal dress! This dress has been hanging in my closet for 13 years. The last time I wore it was on our honeymoon in 2002! For 13 years, I have hung onto this dress, praying I would make it back into this dress someday. It took me a long, long time, but after 7 babies, a hysterectomy, and lots of ups and downs, I finally got back into this dress:
I still have 20 pounds to go, but I KNOW I can do it! I just have to keep the same determination I’ve had for the past 6 months.
Before I close, I want to say one more thing: If you ARE a fan of Shakeology, It Works!, Plexus, or whatever else is on the market, and it has worked for you, THAT’S GREAT! Keep it up! I’m just saying that I can’t afford it, and I have to do something that won’t cost me any money. If you CAN afford it, more power to you! You rock it.
I hope these tips help you. If you have more tips you’d like to share here, I’d love to hear them!