I can remember a couple of years ago I was not concerned about gaining weight and if I did, I could take it off quickly. I have always been a healthy eater and a true believer in healthy weight loss. I do not eat or pork and I eat fruits and vegetables. And lets not forget I exorcise and drinking lots of water. This has been my routine for about about 20 years.
Let’s fast forward to today. I continue to maintain a healthy lifestyle, I really do not like fruit, but I juice/blend my fruit and vegetables. About two years ago, I stopped working out as much and gained what I thought was 10 pounds, but until recently discovered is actually 20. 20 pounds is not a good look for me, so I decided I would work harder on my natural weight loss plan I have always used. This past summer I started hiking, walking and light jogging 3-5 daily. I have not been consistent, but I will incorporate crunches leg lifts and light weights, nightly. Believe it or not, I tone well with my own body weight. A couple of years ago, after doing all of these things I would be very lean and fit. That is not the case, today. I am seeing results, but I have to work harder. For self motivation, I have registered for a couple of 5k runs. I am slowly working myself into doing a seasonal detox(I have a seasonal detox book) or either juicing for a week. As I mentioned, drinking water is important. One trick I learned 20 years ago was to drink a glass of water before and after each meal, that will put me at six glasses of water and I will not eat as much food. Drinking throughout the day puts me at 8-10 glasses easy. I drink lots of herbal tea as well, at least 2-3 glasses a day. I do not eat past 7 p.m. and if I do I will eat prunes.
All of these things do work, but as I have gotten older I have to make sure I work harder at it. It has taken me about three months to see results. Results, that were noticeable. It has taken longer than I anticipated, but it is happening and I am working harder at getting it off.
I am a smaller framed woman and 20 pounds does not look good on me. I do not share this with too many people, because when I speak of my weight dilemma, people tell me I sound ridiculous. I do not care if you are smaller or larger. If you have gained unwanted pounds it does feel good. I am confident that all that I am doing is paying off and I will be swim suit ready next summer. Everything I am doing is natural and does take time. Everyday, I look in the mirror or try on clothes that do not fit and get motivated to fit into that article of clothing.
Yes, I want to have the body I had a couple of years ago, but the most important thing is I feel good. When I am feeling stressed or pressured, I go for a 3 mile walk or run after 20 minutes into my workout, I begin to calm down and I feel good.
I am becoming a better me and that is important. I know that sticking to a healthy weight loss program that works for me will produce results. I have to remind myself to be patient, stay disciplined and don’t give up. If I can do it any one can do it.
Disclosure: this is a sponsored post with the Niche Parent Network & Conference