I’ve gotta lose weight

I’ve gotta lose weight.  I’ve been a little lazy since my trip to Paris…yes that was in September…yes I realize that was a long time ago. I know I should have hit my breaking point before now, but I didn’t.  I’m feeling fluffy and gross and not attractive.  Not to mention I have NO CLOTHES! Why because I got rid of my “fat clothes” when I lost weight last year. So now, I have almost nothing to wear and it sucks. And this is not exactly a fun way to start every morning.

SO….lifestyle changes are required. I have to start putting effort into my diet and stop being lazy.  Today I woke up and did an almost 3 mile walk…not bad right?  I get that alone won’t get me where I need to be, but it is all about effort and baby steps. I can’t say that I will work out every day…I want to have a social life so if I can do 4-5 days a week I will feel good about that.

Modern Belle Life Lose WeightBut the food is going to be my toughie.  It has been proven again and again that a healthy diet is the key to a healthy life and losing weight.  That means I have to cold turkey sodas again because I, unfortunately, let those creep back in. (The withdrawals from sugar and caffeine are no joke…this week is going to suck!) No more being lazy and getting drive-thru on the way home, which means keeping healthy, easy to make food at the house for evenings that cooking just isn’t in the cards.  Or better yet, back to meal planning and doing my cooking for the week on Sundays. Already have things portioned out and ready to go when I get home.

I’m not getting any younger, this isn’t going to get any easier.  I have a lot of stuff I want to do this year and one required a bathing suit, and I really don’t want to be the fluffy girl on the river this year.  I know this is a journey and not a sprint. It will take time, some days will be good and another won’t.  Yes, I need to lose weight, but the reality is I need to adopt a healthier lifestyle.  In addition to the weight loss, I need to start managing stress and my moods better through physical activity.  And with all the family history of issues in my family, it is time I take control and do what needs to be done to mitigate the risks.   So yeah, not short on a list of reasons here.

What are you best tricks for staying focused and motivated when making major lifestyle changes?