@Katie918: I’ve lost 28 pounds over the past year and here is what I’ve learned. I’d be more than happy to PM you before and after pics if you’d like. I just prefer not to post them because I’m in a bikini:
1. Nothing will change until the diet changes.
I’ve always worked out but I was eating like crap. I know people always say this, but it’s true. Eating like crap includes skipping meals and eating too little so take that into consideration when planning your meals. I only eat real foods now (nothing processed). I’ve been gluten-free over the past year and stay away from dairy except for creamer in my coffee. Now I still have my cheat days, like yesterday I ate 3 cupcakes haha.
2. Go Heavy!
If you do any weight lifitng, push yourself. This lady once said to me “I used to be fat and you’ll never see a difference until you go heavier. I know you’re stronger than that!”. I thought she was rude at first but she was definitely right. As soon as I pushed myself harder and started going heavier on the weights, I started toning. Of course, proper form is priority so don’t sacrifice form for weight.
3. Get your mind right!
When I am struggling through a workout, I remember that it’s all mental. I can push my body, it’s the mental struggle that’s toughest.
4. Build a support group.
It took me forever to get my FI on board, but he’s finally commited to a healthier lifestyle and it has helped me tremendously. I also work out with a great group of people and we have FB groups to share information.
5. Try different workouts.
I have tried so many workouts and you just have to find what works for you and what you enjoy. I had no idea I would love weight-lifting until I tried it. Now I’m addicted and learning so much. Just for reference I do CrossFit 3 times during the work week and either a 1 on 1 weight training session or I’ll run a few miles on the weekend.
One last thing. The first week I decided to get serious about dropping some lbs, I did a 30 day challenge of following the Paleo diet (no sugar, grains, gluten or dairy) and after a week my pants were already loose. Cutting the sugar seriously gets rid of some major bloat. After 30 days, I had lost 12 pounds and 22 inches and felt so good. That was enough motivation to push me to keep the healthier lifestyle.
I’m still not to my goal body, but I am so thrilled with my progress. Best of luck to you!