This week I wanted to share my simple ways to stop worrying about weight - I suppose in essence for me that was to lose weight. But now I have shifted a few pounds (stones - I actually don’t know because I never weighed myself!) I don’t worry about weight anymore. I feel happy, I’ve definitely still got a way to go but from now everything is a bonus. I actually think for me my next step is exercise - but that’s a whole other story!
I am all about keeping things simple and lovely and that definitely extends to weight loss. If it’s complicated, time consuming and tasteless it’s not for me! I hope my top ten tips will help inspire you to start your own journey to not worry about your weight!
Buy a few clothes that fit your body now!
They don’t have to be fancy or expensive, it’s better if they are not, you (hopefully) won’t be wearing them very long. But to make positive changes to your body you have to come from a positive place. If everyday you look in the mirror and hate what you see it will be harder to keep going. However, if you think ‘hey I look alright’ you will think I deserve to feel even better.
Eat, eat, eat
As I said we follow Slimming World and this fitted me so perfectly because I hate fuss, counting calories and anything that takes time. To have ‘free food you can eat as much as you like’ was life changing. I found what I liked within free food and had no restrictions. My mum was doing Slimming World but wasn’t eating enough, I was eating a huge amount and losing much more weight.
Document your journey
I have been documenting my journey mostly through pictures and clothes. Pictures were for me to see changes over time instead of weighing myself because weight doesn’t mean a huge amount to me. I also loved packing away clothes I thought I would like to get back into and then getting them back out after three months and some of them being too big was an amazing feeling.
This was easy for me because - something I mentioned a few weeks ago - I love routine. So everyday I had the same breakfast and lunch. This may sound boring but I knew the ‘syns’ and it meant I didn’t have to think at all. If I wanted something different I just made something different - easy. So for three months everyday for breakfast I had a fried egg sandwich (healthy extra B) and pesto pasta (with cheese) and crispy kale for lunch (healthy extra A and about three syns).
Separate food from emotions
I don’t think to myself anymore ‘oh this is a treat, I deserve this’ or ‘I’m feeling horrible this will cheer me up.’ Food is separate from your emotions. If you feel terrible don’t secretly eat a whole sharing bar of chocolate - ring your best mate and share how you’re feeling.
Have relaxed days
Having just said separate food from emotions, I’m not saying don’t treat yourself. Think about what you love most that is restricted on your chosen ‘healthy lifestyle’ and pick a day to have it. For me, I love Chinese - nothing will ever beat a Chinese takeaway for me, so I always like to know when I’m having my next takeaway. I always choose it as my birthday meal but also choose a few other dates in the year. This way I don’t feel I’m losing out because I know I will eventually get a Chinese.
I know I know. So basic. Everyone knows we should be drinking more but why is it so hard?! I felt best when I drank more. My sister always says when you feel thirsty you’re too late. You will notice yourself looking younger, feeling better and generally having much more energy only by drinking more water. Get yourself a lovely water bottle and take it everywhere.
Find a community
We didn’t go to a group but as a family did it together. To be in a healthy competition here someone really helped us and it felt good to be going through a journey together. But you can do this online - so many people share their own weight loss milestones on Instagram so reach out and link up with other people.
Immerse yourself in the community
Some of our favourite recipes we found through watching ‘what I eat in a day’ videos, searching Instagram hashtags and googling different websites. There is some amazing free content out there, experiment and try new things, it will keep you going when you lose sight of your goal.
Make your goal positive
‘I hate how I look’ is not a good starting point. Change your goal to something that feels good. ‘I want to be able to wear jeans with tops tucked in’. ‘I want to feel strong.’ ‘I want to take more pride in my appearance because I deserve it.’ You deserve to feel good about yourself and if shedding a few pounds will help then you have got this!
All I wanted was to get to a point where I didn’t think or worry about my weight. I feel like I’m almost there. It doesn’t consume me anymore. I feel so much more free and a mental weight has gone as well as physical weight.
If you have reached a breaking point and want to change then now is the time to take the first step! I love talking about Slimming World food and also reaching out so I am always up for a good old chat!