How I Lost 2 lbs Last Week From This One Small Change

Sunday, January 17, 2016

It's Sunday! Time to start fresh and just do it!

As I mentioned in my previous post, I've been thinking about making some changes here on the blog, and one of them is to post about fitness and health every so often. I was even thinking about starting a separate fitness blog...but for now, I'll just start here.

Health and fitness have, to some degree or another, been a huge part of my life, and I strongly feel they are an integral part of 'living our most beautiful lives' both on the inside and out. Physical health and fitness are only partially about vanity, but also about enhancing self esteem, feeling good holistically and changing our lives for the better in a whole range of ways. And I'd like to share some of the wisdom I've gleaned from my own personal and ongoing journey with my struggles with food, fitness, and my own self esteem, and maintaining health and youth into my late 40's and beyond.

In the past 3 years I have run a 1/2 marathon and rode a total of 120 miles in two bike-a-thins (please sponsor me HERE for my upcoming one, you can be my first sponsor!) and those achievements have literally changed my way of thinking about fitness and life in general.

Let me preface this with the fact that, although it seemed I was on a perpetual diet since I was 12 years old (more about that in future posts), I was never really a fitness fanatic. I used to sound like you (you know who you are).  "Oh, I can't run, but I walk a lot and really fast!" OK, yeah. We love to BS ourselves into thinking we are working so hard and eating so little. But then I was literally pushed into running my first 2 miles by my daughter, and right then and there I realized that the word "can't" is a lie.

So here is what I've learned from those experiences: Never say you can't do anything, you can do a hell of lot more than your little ole brain tells you you can. And I have applied this principle, not only to my fitness goals, but in dealing with many issues across the board, in my life as well. The point is, that with a series of small yet challenging actions, done consistently, we can all achieve anything!

I can go on and on about this topic, and that's why I'm excited to build in some exciting and meaningful future blog posts on fitness and health. Fashion blogs can sometimes feel a little too glossed over and fairy-tale perfect, but here you will always get the real life, behind the scenes version, with some glossy glamour thrown in sporadically for fun. Because isn't that what real life is too?

So, for now, let's just try to start this brand, spanking new week with a small change in attitude, knowing that if you really want something, you can do it it with just one small change after another.

And, if you're feeling hopeless about your eating habits or overwhelmed about staying on track this week, here is the one small change, that I personally implemented last week that allowed me to lose 2 lbs.

I simply ate regularly during the day, and then planned a measured, early (before 6 pm) dinner that included 4 oz of protein, 1/2 cup of carbs, and a side of veggies using only a bit of olive oil as dressing or for sauteing. And then I stopped eating for the rest of the day.  Period.

It's really so simple. I have personally met many women who struggle with their weight and they all have the same complaint: "I literally don't eat all day, and I'm still fat!"  Then I ask them, "Well, do you eat dinner?" And the reply is always the same, "Yes of course, I come home and eat!"

Well, have you ever tried not eating all day and then coming home, tired, stressed and starving? It's not pretty. We can literally consume more calories in a 5 minute stress/starving binge than we would in two days if we'd only eat nutritious, portion controlled food throughout the day, including a measured dinner.

We run around and burn calories all day, but at night we start to slow down. And so does our metabolism. So plan your dinners, measure them, then stop eating.

Try it this week and see what happens.



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  1. YES that is the problem - binge eating while making dinner - too hungry to wait - a little of this and a little of that - if i dont eat by 6 i will have eaten enough calories for 2 dinners.

  2. Of course I clicked through when I saw the IG for this post! I would love to see more posts like this. Great advice and very encouraging and supportive. Thank you!

  3. I like the fact that you don't accept excuses. We all have them and they keep us from our goals ( whatever they might be). Keep the encouragement, advice and support coming!

  4. Eating light and early for supper is the easiest and most full-proof way to lose weight. Eat more earlier, less (or not at all :P) later.

  5. Great post Sharon. I am THAT girl that says "I can't run but I do walk a lot" (even the latter is not true ;-)
    I've been reading a book about the Kaizen method called One Small Change Can Change Your Life. It's all about the Japanese philosophy of the very thing you have written about; just one small change over a period of time has a compound effect. I highly recommend it to anyone who feels that their one small change won't have any impact.

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