The bags of sugar being 1kg each! :)
Losing weight is always a battle for the majority of us. I have currently decided to go on a strict weight loss regime and thought I would share with you what I'm doing.
I currently weigh 60kg and my aim is to be 55kg which is my standard weight that I have been used to over the years. I have lost a few kg already so it can hopefully only get better. When I say I need to lose weight I'm generally confronted with people saying "why? you look fine, or it's nice to be curvy" well, it's because I feel uncomfortable, poeple need to take into consideration that I know how to dress to look slimmer than I am. I don't like having my love handles splurging out on the sides of my jeans. I love my curves, and don't plan on losing them, my extra weight has managed to settle on my stomach area, and a little on my thighs. Trust, me when I am 55kg I am nicely in proportion :) FYI: I am roughly 5'5" or 5'6"
Why did I put on some weight? Well, clearly I didn't exercise and indulged in junk food whenever I wanted to.
What will I be eating now?
- No junk food, eliminating all artificial sugars which includes chocolates, biscuits, cakes etc.
- I will be eating lots of fresh fruit and veg.
- No processed food.
- To use no butter or oils apart from olive oil.
- Eating 3 times a day with sensible portions and snacking on fruits and nuts.
- I will also be having lots of green tea throughout the day.
- I will be cutting out refined carbs which include white bread and white pasta.
- Instead I will be having complex carbs which include wholegrain bread, potato's, pitta bread, oats and brown rice which are good sources of slow releasing energy foods.
- I have decided to include complex carbs no more than two meals a day.
- Drinking plenty of water.
How will I exercise? Well, exercising for me is boring, I always get motivated at the gym which lasts for about 2 days, and then I can't be bothered again. So, I have given up with the excuses for not going and decided to work out at home.
How often will I workout? Everyday, yes it seems a bit much, but it wont be when you are having fun doing it!
FUN EXERCISE ACTIVITIES INCLUDE...
BELLY DANCING: One activity I really enjoy is dancing. As a child I aspired to be a belly dancer but my dream was soon wrecked when I realised that it wouldn't be sensible. However, this didn't stop me from dancing. As a child I would watch those dancers and copy their moves and perfect it until I got it right. Now I am very critical of dancers, I would say I am almost at a pro level and am very proud considering I haven't had any proper lessons and taught myself.
Photo: Shakira (Google)
I would highly recommend you watch some You Tube videos of Didem and Asena for inspiration. Belly dancing is such a good way to lose the calories as you are literally working every muscle to move those hips, hands and feet. Try and do an hours worth of dancing, and you will be surprised at how much you sweat and how fast time goes by. Call your friends round and have a laugh! :)
WALKING: Put on your most comfortable flats or trainers and go window shopping. Make a wishlist of the kind of dresses and tops you want for when you reach your ideal weight.
WHILST WATCHING TV: Why not do some squats to take away from the fact that you are actually exercising, try and enjoy it. Just make sure it isn't a food programme lol.
DANCE TO FUNKY HOUSE / DRUM AND BASS: The fast beat should keep you moving, use the rhythm in the song to add some arm raises, lifts and even punches to burn more calories.
BODY POPPING: Perhaps sign up to some lessons, or practice at home in front of the mirror, I love this as the sharp sudden movements really make your heart beat fast and silly moves just make it all the more funnier and enjoyable! :)
BUY A WORKOUT DVD: Get some friends round for motivation or alone in the mornings to kick start your day on a positive note.
DON'T FORGET TO WARM UP AND WARM DOWN WITH STRETCHES!
The best time to exercise is in the morning or before your food, exercising really motivates you to eat healthier and encourages you to be in a healthier mood throughout the day. Another thing it is good for is your skin, your face needs to sweat to get rid of all the toxins. If it meant my skin was going to improve just because of exercise that would be enough motivation for me!
Do you have "fun" exercising tips? If so, please let me know :)
TIP: when your friend offers you a bag of crisps, don't say your on a diet. Just say you don't fancy it or you have just had a packet. There's no need to remind yourself constantly about the fact that you are trying to lose weight. How many times have you told your friends or family that your on a diet and they just say "meh, heard it all before" well, prove them wrong with the results and stop justifying yourself!