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Ahhhhh this is one of those post where you are either going to love me or hate me! January 1st begins the whole war between the "New Year New Me" peeps with there constant gym selfies & check ins & the people that laugh when they see these statuses posted all over the interwebs.
I find myself to be one of the odd ones in the middle of this whole New Years war. I do tend to roll my eyes when I see people post ridiculously, most likely Unachievable goals, but being the biggest believer of the law of attraction & a former gym obsessed gal pre- mommy days, I want to be supportive & believe anything is possible. If you really believe you can lose 100lbs in a month, we'll keep believing gurlie. Maybe you will discover the break thru diet the world has been waiting for & not only be a whole lot slimmer, but a whole lot richer thanks to your discovery ;-)
So being the person in the middle of this war, I thought I would give y'all my realistic tips on how you can achieve a slimmer bod without over doing it & burning out after a week. Being an ex-model I like to think I have fabulous tips on this topic. So here we go....
1. A huge percentage of weight-loss success is mental.
That's right. Going back to the gurlie I was talking about above, if she really wants to lose that 100lbs she has to believe it. Changing your lifestyle is a mental game & your mindset is just as important as nutrition and exercise. There are so many times you need to fight through wanting to give up because it's a lot of work, but if your mind is in the right spot, you’ll get through those times. Learning to change your perspective so that the healthy choice is the only obvious choice can mean the difference between steady progress and failure. Alter your perspective and you’ll change your bod for the better!
Drink at least 64 ounces of water a day! I am one of the crazies that does this daily & have been doing so for more years than I can remember! Water works guys! It really really works! Oddly enough, one of the best ways to get rid of water weight, is to drink water. Kid you not, you really will shed afew lbs doing this alone. Seems kind of contradictory, but it’s true. When you are trying to lose weight, it’s absolutely essential to make sure you are drinking enough water. It helps keep you full longer, gives you more energy to exercise, and helps keep you from getting dehydrated. When you are exercising more, you are sweating a lot more, which can lead to dehydration if you aren’t replacing that water that is being lost.
3. Always Choose The Stairs
This seems like a no brainier, but so many people avoid stairs like the plague, my hubby included -_- The Centers for Disease Control says that 10 minutes a day walking up and down stairs is all it takes to help you shed as much as 10 pounds a year (assuming you don’t start eating more). So if you work in a building with lots of stairs, TAKE THEM! Bored at home when the toddler is napping? Do some stair walking. Pinterest is a fabulous place to look up some stair workouts if you want to spice things up ;-)
4. Put your fork or spoon down between every bite.
Sounds silly doesn't it? But if your have ever traveled globally, you will see this is a very popular way to eat in other countries. Most of these people you see doing this don't even realize why they do this since they grew up thinking this is the proper way to eat. After seeing countless people do this during my travels, I finally had a French lady explain it's to avoid over eating! Must be true because I don't think I've ever seen an over weight French gal ;-) Truth is, Your brain lags your stomach by about 20 minutes when it comes to fullness signals. If you eat slow enough, your brain will catch up to tell you that you are no longer in need of food. Only in America do we try to eat dinner as fast as possible & for this we end up eating a hell of a lot more than we should. We need to slow down folks and savor our food like the rest of the world. Our waistlines will thank us for it!
5. Order one drink and dance it off!
Still hitting the bar scene?! Then use the model trick! When I was modeling this was a legit thing other models would do. People like the Anna Nicole Smiths of the world give models a bad name. Truth is in all the years I modeled I never met one anorexic and only one druggie. The rest of the girls? Straight up gym junkies & honestly kind of boring to be around since gymtalk is all anyone talks about. When on the road though, night clubs can be a lot of fun. To a gym junkie though one drink filled with empty calories is a total nightmare. So instead of just sitting at the bar, enjoy your drinkie then grab your girls and burn that drink by hitting the dance floor. Not only will you burn those calories, you will have a pretty good time as well.
6. Throw out your “fat” clothes for good.
Once you’ve started losing weight, throw out or give away every piece of clothing that doesn’t fit. The idea of having to buy a whole new wardrobe if you gain the weight back will serve as a strong incentive to stay fit. Who wants to go shopping for new fat clothes when you can stay on track and go bikini shopping instead?
7. Use hot sauce, salsa and Cajun seasonings.
This tip comes from all the Brazilian girls I ever worked with!!! These girls are beautiful & they claim they have spicy foods to thank for there hot bods!!! I'm spicy food obsessed so I always wondered if this was one of the reasons why I was always on the thinner side. After googling what these girls were even talking about I found out that spicy foods provide lots of flavor with no fat and few calories, plus they turn up your digestive fires, causing your body to temporarily burn more calories. So always choose spicy anything over butter, creamy or sugary sauces. Brazilians are beautiful so it works.
8. Brush your teeth or use mouth wash after every meal, especially dinner.
Some people swear by chewing gum to keep their sweet tooth at bay, but peppermint mouthwash is what does it for me! Keep a bottle handy at your desk at work, in the kitchen, or anywhere else where a snack attack is bound to happen. And, use it right away after a meal so that clean, minty freshness will serve as a cue to your body and brain that mealtime is over..
9. You can't trust the grocery store to make good choices for you.
The grocery store is specifically designed to make you spend money on things you don’t actually need. Marketing folks spend countless hours making labels look shiny and pretty to make you buy whatever it is they are trying to sell! To ensure that you stay on the right track at home, enter the grocery store with a list instead of relying on your impulses. If you say "no" to junk food in the store, you only have to say "no" once. If you bring junk home, you have to say "no" every time you see it on the shelf. Don’t bring things that tempt you home!
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1/6/2016 12:05:17 pm
OMG, I have done nothing but pig out for the last 3 weeks. Ever since the boys started vacation all I have done is eat AND I haven't worked out once. Even now that they are back in school, the pigging out continues. I SO need to get back on track.
1/6/2016 12:45:35 pm
Great tips! I was very healthy two years ago and slacked a little. I need to get back into it! I do try to drink at least 75 oz. of water a day!
1/6/2016 01:30:11 pm
so true! I start my new years work out with a trainer on the 11th - wish me luck!
1/6/2016 01:41:52 pm
Great tips. I am working on water intake now... it's challenging, but I know it will be worth it in the long run.
1/6/2016 02:10:23 pm
I start my shopping in the produce section. That helps to stop the impulse buying.
1/6/2016 03:48:31 pm
Great tips! Sometimes we get these crazy ideas about weight loss and they totally impede our ability to actually lose weight.
1/6/2016 04:38:22 pm
I drink unsweetened flavored seltzer water. The water hydrates you while the bubbles fill you up.
1/6/2016 06:01:13 pm
I really like #4! It's small but would probably have the biggest impact for me. I tend to hold my fork in the "ready position" while I chew, just waiting to scoop up the next bite.
1/6/2016 07:44:22 pm
I didn't realize that spicy sauces helped with weight loss, that's an amazing tip! They would provide more flavour, so you wouldn't feel like you're missing out either!
1/6/2016 07:50:19 pm
These are all great tips. I need to lay off the caffeine and then I would drink more water. I don't drink booze, so no worries there
1/6/2016 09:00:30 pm
I think its about time to do my plan of weight loss, this is such a clever tips.
1/6/2016 09:04:08 pm
I have never seen so much sweet things in one place than at my workplace before the holidays. I am ashamed of how much of it I had...LOL
1/6/2016 09:10:18 pm
I would love to try Nutrisystem.
1/6/2016 09:45:01 pm
Wow, this looks awesome, I'm going to check this out.
You're speaking my language woman! LOVE this! I especially love your hydrating tip and taking the stairs! My last "real" job was on the 5th floor and I took the stairs religiously every single time. It wasn't that many, but I assure you by the 5th floor, my heart rate was definitely elevated. I also used to take walks or a yoga class during lunch.
1/6/2016 10:26:37 pm
I am horrible at drinking water...I definitely need to replace my daily coke with some much healthier water!
1/6/2016 10:33:27 pm
Wow this is amazing system ever. I would like to try it.
1/6/2016 11:03:48 pm
New Year Resolutions are actually hugely motivating for me. I am doing good right now and I hope I can keep to it!
1/6/2016 11:29:15 pm
I like the idea of brushing my teeth after a meal. The awful taste of food after brushing would help keep my munching at bay!
1/7/2016 12:08:49 am
It's really mostly about what you eat, I believe that too. Exercise is just the support. When I had the twins, I shed the pounds off by walking up and down the stairs twice a day.
1/7/2016 12:21:37 am
Yes i need to lose weight in this 2016. and i need to remember drink more water
1/7/2016 12:26:55 am
I did NS years ago when I was in college and still have a lot of the good habits in place today! ;)
1/7/2016 01:12:01 am
These are awesome tips! I've heard time and time again how important it is to brush your teeth or use mouth wash after each meal (for a variety of reasons) and I never do. I definitely could stand to drink more water as well.
1/7/2016 06:07:46 am
Thanks for the great tips! These will definitely help me on my weight loss journey :)
1/7/2016 07:01:15 am
I've been focused on drinking more water this year. Some days it's hard to get the right amount when things get busy.
1/7/2016 07:39:27 am
Wow - that meal plan doesn't look too bad at all. Normally they make me cringe, but I like this one!
1/7/2016 09:18:57 am
Great tips and a fab post, thank you. I need to set some realistic goals regarding eating healthily and exercise! Kaz
1/7/2016 09:43:01 am
reading your post makes me think about my diet plan and how it was still unfulfilled up to this date
Drinking enough water is a HUGE need for me if I want to shed excess pounds. Setting down your utensil between bites is something I used to do all the time, but will admit it has gone by the wayside as the ups and downs at the dinner table have me wanting to eat my dinner while it is still warm. Great reminder!
1/7/2016 10:47:22 am
Thanks for explaining the Nutrisystem Turbo10! I have made my 'new me' resolution...need to lose 10% off my current weight :)
I also think menu planning and prep is your friend if you're trying to stick to nutritional goals, weight loss or otherwise--when you plan ahead and don't have to scramble, the chances of hitting a drive through or pizza delivery decrease :) We're just trying to watch our portion sizes and move around more this year.
1/7/2016 11:59:28 am
I love hot sauce on everything! Throwing out your fat clothes makes sense.
1/7/2016 12:14:28 pm
These are great tips. I need to work on drinking more water.
1/7/2016 12:33:13 pm
Great tips! I love the dancing one!!
1/7/2016 12:37:32 pm
Great tips. Sounds like a good plan. I definitely need a better plan this year and lose a few pounds!
1/7/2016 12:58:07 pm
Great tips, I need to get better about putting my fork down and brushing my teeth after meals - baby steps, but they help for sure. Thanks for the reminder. Cheers to a healthy 2016!
1/7/2016 01:05:41 pm
These are awesome tips. I really need to lose the pounds I gained during the holiday season.
1/7/2016 01:48:23 pm
These are all great tips and this is the perfect time of year to make a lifestyle change that will better our health. This will help many people who struggle and it seems effortless to implement these tips!
1/7/2016 02:18:29 pm
These are great tips. I will have to try putting my fork down between bites. I got a fitness tracker this year for Christmas. It really helps me be accountable.
1/7/2016 02:25:57 pm
These are great tips. I'm not even trying to lose weight and I feel inspired. These are all about quick tips to being healthy and they all feel like easy little steps that we take to feel great.
Totally knew that the grocery store was evil! Now you've proved it. Lol. These are some seriously awesome tips and just what I need to keep myself on the right track. Thank you. I'm sure that me 6 months from now will thank you more. ;)
1/7/2016 04:10:09 pm
These are really great tips to lose weight. I like how you mentioned that part of weight loss is mental. SO TRUE! I feel like so often we are our own worst enemy when it comes to losing weight and keeping it off.
1/7/2016 05:02:08 pm
Great tips. All so simple and very doable.
1/7/2016 06:39:02 pm
Nutrisystem is a wonderful program for those who need a little help with their meals and dont want to count points or weigh foods. I did the program when I was a teen and back in those days you had a center to go in to weight and have a class. The program saved my life.
1/7/2016 07:25:39 pm
Hurrah for good meal plans. And double hurrah for realistic goals.
1/7/2016 08:32:38 pm
Nutrisystem is an awesome product for weight loss! These are also key pointers in maintaining a healthy diet!
1/7/2016 09:24:11 pm
I have had success using SparkPeople online. It was a huge help for me.
1/7/2016 09:59:42 pm
These are great tips. I need to follow all these.
1/7/2016 10:00:31 pm
lol In the war I'm the girl laughing and rolling my eyes, while I shove another piece of pound cake in my mouth (hmmm so good). I know it will catch up to me lol When It does I will have to check out Nutrisystem for some help! In the meantime, I do try my best to stay hydrated.
1/7/2016 11:16:45 pm
I love the order and drink and dance it off!! Great tips!
1/7/2016 11:55:11 pm
As I'm reading your blog I was getting my water in. It's been a hard one since I'm not a water drinker. 2016 I will do better with this!! Great tips!!
1/8/2016 12:42:08 am
Water is the key for me-- and eating right. My gymrat friend says you cannot out run or out lift a bad diet.
1/8/2016 01:24:02 am
Nutrisystem is a great way to loose weight and keep it off. These are indeed awesome tips to loosing weight. Thanks for sharing them. I would love to try the Turbo 10 system.
1/8/2016 09:39:44 am
Hehe I'm one of those people that are going to be sharing weight loss weigh-ins, not selfies of course though lol. I'm just eating better this year with NO processed foods, soda, etc.
1/8/2016 09:57:26 am
This post is awesome! You have some very valuable secrets in here for weight loss! Love the Spicy one! I think spicy is also the fountain of youth! Most people who like spicy foods age well :-D
1/8/2016 12:43:13 pm
I love these tips. I am a huge water drinker and it really helps I keep track on an app too
1/8/2016 08:17:41 pm
I really don't get #3. My son is in a wheelchair and we take the elevators quite often, but with us are usually able bodied people just too lazy and thinking that the elevator is quicker.
1/9/2016 03:10:06 am
My cousin has been struggling with her weight for years, I need to make her read this. Hopefully it can assist her this year.
1/10/2016 09:44:52 pm
Oh, I love the tip to put your fork or spoon down between bites! Also, love that you included hydration. How many people go into the new year with huge weight loss goals but forget how important it is to drink plenty of water. Seems like common sense, but it's easily forgotten! Great list.
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