2. Garlic is amaaazing. Okay so that's not really "weight loss", but it's delicious, and healthy, and makes awesome explosion flavors in your mouth.
3. You're going to fail. Multiple times. But this isn't a test you're studying for, and can walk away from when you're done. This is life. Get used to it, get up and keep walking. Every day is a new day to start again.
4. Someone who lost 100+ pounds told me it's harder to get on the train, than it is to stay on. She told me this as I was yo-yo-ing in my eating. And she's so right. I was all over the place with my eating, and I felt like I was drowning. I still have those days, and I'm sure there is more to come. But I hope with more experience I will be able to stay on the train.
5. Planning is a bitch. But it's worth it's weight in gold.
6. Always eat before you leave the house in the morning. Cinnamon rolls, bagels, muffins, bean and cheese burritos, etc. seem less tasty when you're not THAT hungry.
7. It's OKAY to be hungry. This is something I struggle with. I'm actually afraid to be hungry, so I always over-stuff my lunch for the day, and end up overeating. But being a little hungry is NOT going to kill me. I'll be just fine.Thankyouverymuch.
8. The scale is not your friend. I repeat. The scale is NOT your friend. It's more like an abusive boyfriend. I obsessed over that stupid number. Weighing myself multiple times a day, several times each time (just to make sure I got an accurate number *eye-roll*), and it would just bring me down. My solution? I had husband hide it from me. Now it's completely inaccessible. If I do weigh myself, it's usually once a month. This lets me concentrate on what's really important.Health.
9. Go Grocery shopping, preferably on the weekends. Don't be all like, "It's okay, I'll go tomorrow and everything will be all rainbows, unicorns and skinny jeans". Just don't. You know why? Because tomorrow will come, and you'll be all tired and hungry and say "Fuck it", and get yourself a cheeseburger and fries. And after you're done, and the bliss of gorging yourself has long since faded you'll be sitting there, feeling gross, asking yourself "Whyyyyy?".
10. Exercise is great, but it's only half the battle. Not even that. It's 20%. That's right. And if you don't believe me, ask yourself how many professional athletes do you know that pig out on oreos, french fries, and Mai-Tai's every day? That's right. None. Unless they're retired...or some type of football player, and even then I'm sure they eat pretty healthy
11. Take it slow. Eating healthy when you spent your life eating a plethora of junk food is a lot like losing your virginity. It's very uncomfortable at first, probably painful, but eventually things get rolling and it starts to feel good. Real good. But you need to take it slow first, because if you just raw-dog it, it's going to suck, you're not going to like it, and you will never let it happen again. Probably. Same goes for exercise.
12. You don't need to spend tons of money buying expensive workout gear. New shoes and pants aren't going to make the workout easier. You just need to be comfortable.
13. Okay don't spend a lot of money on clothes, but invest in a good bra. I'm a size G (Yes, I said G), and if I didn't have a really good bra, my girls would be bouncing all over the place. And not in the attractive Baywatch way either.
This is what I use, yes it looks scary, but this shit [pointing at chest] stays in place. http://www.enell.com/
Other bras that help with the wiggle and jiggle:
14. Get Support. I used to be a person that hated talking about her weight loss, or diet plan, or whatever. But part of the OA program is having a sponsor. And having a sponsor requires you text/email them what you're eating EVERY.DAY. And at first that sounded abhorrent to me, because like I really need another judgey person going, "she ate what?! Gross". But it wasn't like that at all. She was so accepting, and even when I fall she helps me talk about my feelings so I can get back up and keep moving forward. My sponsor is a true blessing. I should probably tell her that more often.
15. This is probably the most important one. Find your trigger foods, and Stay Away from them. Chances are, if you're like me there are certain foods that you don't have an off switch for. Mine is fast food. Yes, I know it's gross and unhealthy, but I like slushy meat, okay? For others, it might be sugar and flour. Whatever it is, there aren't many people that can have a couple bites of their trigger food and simply savor it. Most of the time we "savor" the whole box and contemplate going to get more. That's why it's just better to not have it all.
So I think that's it. I'm no guru, these are just what I'm learning as I stumble along. The main point is, don't give up. You'll be healthy one day, just know you'll be YOUR healthy. Not the ideal according to the media. Trying to look like that will just drive you crazy.