My Journey: losing 40 pounds

My Journey: losing 40 pounds

It was Saturday, November 2, 2019, when I decided to get serious about getting healthy. I was attending my cousin’s wedding, and I could only fit into one dress. I felt tired and frumpy!

I saw a picture from that night, and I knew something had to be done, once and for all. So that Monday night, I signed up for Weight Watchers and printed out a workout schedule from Beachbody.

I wrote out my WHY STATEMENT for wanting to lose weight and to get healthy. My WHY STATEMENT is what keeps me going when I want to give up! It makes me stronger than my excuses. It also holds me accountable to myself! My WHY STATEMENT is plastered all over the place!

My WHY for losing weight is so I can feel healthy and have more energy. I want to fuel my body with nutritious foods, while still enjoying life with family and friends. I wanted to have energy to be able to run around and do things with my kids. I also want energy to spend time with my husband and give him the best of me. I want to feel confident and sexy in clothes. I don’t want to wear oversized clothes to coverup my body! I want to finish my workout with more energy than I started.

Here are tips when you want to get healthy and lose weight:

  1. Write down your WHY and post it everywhere! Read it every day, so it helps you when obstacles come your way.
  2. Find a support system or an accountability partner for your journey. Weight Watchers is my support system; however, my husband and kids encourage me and support me too!
  3. Celebrate your victories, even the small ones!
  4. Document your journey with photos so you can physically see the changes. I also encourage you to journal your journey too. You will discover how you change emotionally as well.
  5. Keep a food journal so you can keep track of what you are eating each day, as well as tracking your water intake. I also like to write the emotions while I am eating because that can impact my weight loss journey.
  6. Only weigh yourself once per week at the same time then put the scale away till the next time you need to weigh yourself again.
  7. Drink half of your body weight per ounces in water.
  8. Get movement every day for at least 20-30 minutes
  9. As you lose weight, donate your clothes that are too big
  10. Try new recipes to add variety in your meal plan, so you don’t get bored.

Since beginning my weight loss journey, I have lost 40 pounds. Because I am working out 6 days a week, my body is toning up, and I am gaining muscle where there was once fat. On average, I lose 1-2 per week, which is the recommended amount by Weight Watchers.

My goal is a lifestyle change, not a quick fix in weight loss, while teaching my kids how to eat whole and nutritious foods. 

Remember slow, and steady wins the race! And your Why is greater than your excuse! You got this!

xoxox

Jennifer

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