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5 Things That Helped Me Lose 100 Pounds
My 100 pound weight loss did not happen overnight. I actually took about a year and a half. In that time I’ve learned so much about food, exercise and myself. I learned that food is fuel and energy and good food is necessary for my body to be at it’s optimal health and happiness.
Good food never makes me feel bad after I eat it. I never feel ashamed or regret working out and when I see the scale going down, I never feel defeated or discouraged. Every time I do these things I’m telling myself “I Love Me”.
I’ve had a terrible relationship with food for as long as I can remember. Who knew that unhealthy relationship would affect almost every relationship I had during that time. I didn’t love myself enough to treat my body right therefore I certainly didn’t attract the people that would treat me right.
It’s a vicious cycle but you can make it a healthy and happy cycle. You can turn things around by making small changes. Small changes become habits and before you know it, they are big changes. A consistent drop of water over time makes a very big pond.
This is why I started this blog. To inspire and share what I’ve learned. These are the top 5 things that have helped me the most in my journey to shed 100 pounds.
EAT WHOLE FOODS: Read and repeat…put crap in, get crap out. Gone are the processed food days. Foods with laboratory created ingredients, preservatives, dyes and chemicals have no place in my body. The least ingredients on the label, the better.
I purchase organics every chance I get, from poultry to cheese, even spices. GMO’s (genetically modified organisms) scare the crap out of me. GMO labeling is required in 64 countries but not in the United States. Why? The big food companies are afraid they will lose billions if we are informed of the cancer causing, nutritionally void foods they are putting on the grocery shelves. I encourage you to do your research.
“Natural” doesn’t mean organic or non-GMO. The label needs to say that it is certified organic or at the very least “is a non-gmo food”. Only certified organic labeled products are certified organic. Know what’s in your food.
By eating organics, I know I’m getting the full nutrition benefit of the food I eat. This way I can make an educated decision based on the nutritional benefit of my food. In doing so, my body doesn’t require a truck load of food to get the same nutritional benefit as a cup of organic food provides. Simple organic whole foods, period.
HOT YOGA: When the hubby and I decided to get healthy for each other, we knew exercise would need to be a part of our lives. We needed to find something we loved enough to stick with. The hubby originally tried jogging but it was just too hard on his body. He ended up falling in love with biking.
I had not found my niche yet but I started biking with him. I really liked it but I wasn’t in love like he was. My co-workers were all taking hot yoga, they looked great and were losing weight. I remembered taking a regular yoga class years ago and really liked it. I started researching the benefits and found that it was a great way to build strength and lose weight so off I went to my first class.
Guess what. In love. Addicted. I attribute to at least 70 pounds of my weight loss to hot yoga. It makes me feel like a warrior when I’m all done soaked with sweat on every single part of my body. I feel confident and strong and sleep like a rock after a yoga class. I still do other forms of exercise like biking, light weight training, a P90 video here and there, some wi-fit and hiking when the weather permits. But hot yoga is my main and favorite form of exercise.
PORTION CONTROL: After meeting with a nutritionist and re-learning about food, she helped me see food in a whole new way. I used to eat until I was stuffed, took huge bites, didn’t always chew my food and down went huge chunks of unchewed food.
This was wrong for a couple of reasons. I would be full LONG before I stopped eating but because I was eating so fast, my stomach didn’t have time to tell my brain. We do not require a belly full of food. I can’t even count the times I had to loosen my pants or went into a food coma from eating so much.
Another reason this is bad was because I was taking down chunks of food at a time, my digestive system had to work extra hard to break down that food and get the nutrition from it if there was any. This left me with all kinds of digestive issues.
Today I eat 6 -7 meals a day, 3 – 4 ounces at a time. The key is to make each meal count nutritionally. I give my body what it needs now. It does not need junk food or processed foods.
In taking smaller bites and really chewing my food, it made me eat slower and savor my food. It also made my smaller portions go a long way. Then by the time I swallowed, the digestive juices in my gut were able to easily absorb the nutrition from the food and not putting undue stress on my digestive system. It also keeps my metabolism constantly running which in turn helped the pounds to come off even without exercise. I actually lost my first 30 pounds with just diet.
BYE-BYE BAD CARBS: I still eat carbs, just heavily limit the bad ones like white bread, pasta, rice, white sugar, white flour, rice, potatoes, etc. I am not gluten-sensitive that I know of but have noticed a big difference in how I feel when I eat gluten-free foods.
I rarely eat bread but if i do it’s a small piece of sour dough or pumpernickel and usually has 4 or 5 ingredients or I make my own. I use zucchini or spaghetti squash for pasta, quinoa in place of pasta, rice, meat, potatoes and oats. Lots of quinoa. I also use coconut flour and coconut sugar. Real maple syrup and honey are staples in our house too. I still get all the taste, I just make better food choices.
Don’t get me wrong, I do love my sweets from time to time. I just make much better choices now to satisfy my craving and I don’t take down the whole box of cookies. I actually eat the suggested serving size, take small bites and savor it. It’s a once in a while treat, not a daily routine anymore.
STAY HYDRATED: Last but not least. We’ve all heard we should drink 8 glasses of water a day. I just couldn’t stomach all the water. I felt like I was drowning. But it wasn’t the actual water that was giving me hesitation. I just hadn’t found the right “water” for me.
While I was in the hospital for hernia surgery I was supposed to drink water but just couldn’t get it down so the doctor suggested warm tea. It was like the skies opened up, the light bulb went on and I realized what the problem was all along. My tummy loves WARM liquids. Ever since then, I get in my 8 glasses and then some in each day. I even take lukewarm tea to yoga. The key was finding what “water” worked for me. Everyone is different and one glass of water does not fit all.
That’s my story. Thank you for reading it and allowing me to share it with you. I hope you’ll come back and see what’s new here at The Organic Rabbit real soon.