My Weight Loss Update
Since the beginning of this year, I have been on a journey to make my weight loss a priority.
I am a firm believer in the power of the gradual change, so I laid out a plan that required me to make decisions about the healthy habits that I was going to be a priority, and which healthy habits I was going to place as a goal somewhere else down the road.Weight loss had been an ongoing carousel ride of 10-15 pounds and then would gain it all back again.
I have lost nearly 40 pounds, and now I have friends who are asking me “how are you doing it?”
The answer seems to surprise most people.
Be Honest About Your Relationship With Food
When I graduated High School, the chubby outcast, I weighed a little over 180lbs. I had used food as a refuge, and I hadn’t even realized it.
At the age of 25, I weighted 240.
180lbs, close to 190lbs, was the first number I really remember being aware of. I never really weighed myself before or took the time to find out how much other people weigh, so I didn’t really have a solid understanding of what that number meant to me.
That number did a number on me.
I went straight to low-carb, lost almost 20 pounds, went into deprivation mode and abandoned all of my efforts. This cycle went on over and over until I was 235 pounds.
About 8 years ago and had gone through another loss-gain routine and was decided to just give up.I just wanted to keep my house clean and feel better about myself. Click To Tweet
How I Took Charge of My Weight Loss (By accident)
Clean Your House
I’m an educator by trade, so I’m a life-long learner. When I stopped blaming myself and let go of the guilt for how big I had gotten, I did a little research on will power.
When this year began, I had no idea that I would be successfully losing weight, I just thought that my house would be clean.
I began to declutter and organize my home into a collection of functional and beautiful spaces. Suddenly, I wasn’t wasting my energy forcing myself to clean. Cleaning and other household chores like laundry and grocery shopping became infinitely easier when there were routines in place.
If you want to learn more about how to create healthy routines, check out my blog post about it HERE.
Cross Your Letters High
Before I even began to get my house in order, I had read an interesting piece of research that showed a correlation between people who crossed their letters above the halfway point and below the halfway point. The research suggested that people who crossed their letters at a higher point tend to have a higher self-esteem than lower-crossers.
I was a low crosser and purposefully began to cross my letters higher than felt natural. This is purely anecdotal, I have zero data to support it, but I do believe that doing this little trick helped me hack my brain into behaving like a confident brain. What harm is there in trying?
This is impossibly key. I was gaining weight because I was unaware of how frequently I was consuming calories, not because I was hungry, but because I was bored or emotional. Once I started noticing when I was reaching, I began to be able to ask myself questions to be clear about my motivation.
Enjoy Your Journey
I am all about progress, not perfection. It is in the journey, not the destination, that we become stronger. Click To Tweet Find something in you that deserves a clean and organized home. Look at one aspect of your life, besides your weight, that you would like to function better. Move towards that goal, and you’ll learn all of the habits you can apply to your weight loss journey.