To Lose Weight, Always Start Honestly
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Looking at photos last summer, I wondered if I had gained weight. My clothes weren’t fitting great, but I chalked it up to tightness from the dryer. I knew I wasn’t eating well nor working out, but I pretty much lost track of the duration I had been doing that.
So I went to where it all started: the scale.
When I stepped on it, I honestly thought the scale was wrong. That number was wild. So I bought a new scale. Maybe that was the problem, right?
Well, reality hit me, and I realized that I weighed more than I had ever weighed in my life. Whoops!
I vowed then and there to lose 25 pounds, slowly but surely, and hit a goal weight. Somehow, once I saw that starting number, it wasn’t so scary anymore. It became real and tangible, and was a number I didn’t want to see again.
In order to stay consistent and motivated, we as humans like to see results. Objective results equals a number on the scale. That was motivating for me — so much so that I also invested in a body scan that detailed every metric about every part of my body.
…and let’s just say you need to be in a good mindset before you read the “Fat Distribution Report.”
When you know exactly where you start, you know where to measure improvements. It can be difficult to embrace your current state, especially if it is one that you don’t particularly like.
But the way I saw it, the more metrics I had to improve, the better chances I had of improving at least some of them.
I used a variety of tools to lose 25 pounds in about three months. Of course, everyone’s results may vary, but this is what worked for me.
Use Apple Watch and compete with your friends. My Apple Watch was my best friend, 24/7. I set an aggressive calorie goal and made sure I hit all three rings every day. Comparing it to my chest strap heart rate monitor, I was surprised to see how identical the results were.
Track every calorie and accurately weigh all your food. Annoying but true, this is a surefire way to stay within your calorie range. I personally don’t do well on diets that exclude food groups or macros, so I just stayed within my calories each day using MyFitnessPal. Nerd Fitness has some good calorie calculators for a starting point.
Treat yo self — but plan it out. Business dinner? Birthday celebration? Awesome! Look at the menu and plan ahead, and pre-log those calories. That way, you don’t go over your allotment, and you can still indulge.
Put your money where your mouth is. Using a combination of DietBet and StepBet apps held me accountable and made it fun to hit small goals in pursuit of the larger one.
A group fitness gym membership helps, but isn’t necessary. It motivated me to go to the same early AM workout class every weekday. But as long as you’re burning calories somehow, you’re good.
Weigh yourself every couple of days. This one is always controversial, but I liked to see results, even if they were small. It helped me know that I was moving in the right direction. If I had an off-day, it helped me see that it wasn’t the end of the world.
The best part of all of it was getting another body scan at the end and comparing the two. It’s like doing a science experiment on yourself.
Starting honestly and facing the truth isn’t always easy, but just think of how fun it will be to measure your progress and see how far you’ve come.