Losing weight is not really the monster that it’s made out to be. It’s something that can be achieved if you really put your mind to it. At some point it might cause some of us to want to pull out our hairs but it’s really a matter of changing some simple habits

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The Lazy Girl's Guide to Losing Weight
  1. Always start a meal with a glass of water: You’ll stay hydrated and feel fuller instantly, which can help you from overeating.
  2. Make a few simple swaps at every meal: Going for a vinaigrette dressing instead of a Green Goddess dressing at lunch can save you 80 calories, while opting for fresh fruit instead of dried can save you dozens as well. Get a list of simple swaps to save calories here.
  3. Have a piece of dark chocolate for dessert: Instead of opting for the cookies in the break room, quiet your sugar cravings with a piece of dark chocolate. It may not feel quite as satisfying the first few times, but as you wean yourself off your sugar addiction, you’ll be glad you’re saving calories while having a healthy yet decadent treat.
  4. Be diligent with portion control: If you want to lose weight, sticking to the right portions at every meal is important. Measure out snacks beforehand instead of eating from the bag, use smaller plates to visually signal that your meal will satisfy, and put away leftovers, so you’re not tempted to go back for seconds.
  5. Move more: Even if you’re not dedicating an entire chunk of time to a workout, you can burn a few extra calories by making an effort to move a little more during the day. Taking breaks to walk around the office, opting for the stairs instead of the escalator, and parking a little farther from the office entrance are all simple ways to up your calorie burn.
  6. Don’t drink your calories: It’s a common reason why you’re not seeing results — those empty calories from a daily soda, morning juice, or large glass of wine at dinner can really add up. Stick to water flavored with a fresh ingredients likecucumber, lemon, or mint in order to save on important calories.
  7. Don’t go hungry too long: A little hunger can be good for you, but starving yourself all day in order to “splurge” on dessert at night is both unhealthy and diet sabotage. Eat well-timed meals and snacks in order to avoid low blood sugar levels that cause you to crash.
  8. Snack on high-protein, high-fiber foods: When it’s time to snack, make your food work for you. Steer clear of the empty, high-calorie options like chips and crackers, and go for protein- and fiber-rich foods that taste good and fill you up too. You’ll be able to eat fewer calories while still feeling satisfied. One of these150-calorie snacks will surely hit the spot.
  9. Eat a light, early dinner. Try to keep your dinner to about 25 percent of your daily calories, and have it at least two to three hours before going to bed. Eating too much too late can cause digestion and sleep issues that make it hard to stick to a healthy routine.
  10. Get more sleep. Lack of sleep can cause you to eat more throughout the day and not have enough energy for your workouts, so aim for seven to nine hours of sleep every night. It’s an easy and effective way to keep your weight-loss goals on the right track.

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Did you know if you drink in a morning, on empty stomach, 1 glass of water with lemon juice, and 2 teaspoons oh honey , you will lose 3-5 pounds in a week?

Ways to get in shape pretty quickly!

Disclaimer: I’m nowhere near an expert on nutrition or exercise, this is just what I do and what I believe works. Just remember everyone is different and what works for me might not work for you!

So earlier someone messaged asking if I can make a post on exercise ect. And I thought about it, the more I thought it was a good idea!

Like i’ve said before you only will truly look good if you take care of yourself first. And I am NOT saying you have to be skinny to look good! But all of us want to feel good so if dropping a few pounds makes you feel good then do it!

This is what works for me!

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When you Lose your Motivation

A list to reflect on when you have lost motivation…

~Find a new *why* (what are you doing this for?)

~Look for social media support

~Ask for help

~Avoid deprivation

~Consider your pride

~Look back to understand the “fork in the road”

~Don’t look at the number on the scale

~Smaller increments (Yay you lost 0.2lbs!!) (small progress is progress)

~Listen to feedback

~Talk about it (but, choose your audience)

~Look at your before & after

~Find real life weight loss comparisons (bag of apples, bag of flour, box of cat litter, etc.) Hold up that product & be amazed at how much *weight* you REALLY lost

How To Be Healthy: A Beginner's Guide

- Drink water. Lots of water. Think you’ve had enough? Have another glass.
- Eat Breakfast, even if you’re not a breakfast person. Something small is better than nothing. 
- Fruit. Fruit is good. Don’t be scared of sugars in fruits. They’re natural. 
- Vegetables are good too. Eat a lot of them. Snack on them. Blend them. Drink them. Vegetables! 
- Lacking in something? Vitamins can be your best friends. 
- Don’t have time for exercise? Squat while you’re brushing your teeth.
- Try standing instead of sitting (where possible). 
- Do Yoga. Just do it. You’ll be amazed.
- Can’t exercise because you’re tired after work? Do some star jumps. It will only help you sleep better.
- Water. Carry a bottle with you. All the time. Seriously. 
- Can’t afford a Gym membership? There are lots of effective exercises that you can do at home without any equipment. 
- Listening to upbeat music while you work out can be a great motivator. Try to exercise in time with the beat. 
- Need a snack? Don’t fall for sugary options.
- Try to avoid any foods with a cartoon character logo or catchy slogan. 90% of the time they’re unhealthy or filled with unnecessary sugars and sodium. 
- Pay attention to serving sizes! If a bag of chips says “serves 4” that means it should take 4 people to finish that bag.
- You don’t have to count calories to lose weight. Just eat in moderation. 
- Everything in moderation! Even moderation itself. Eating one cookie isn’t going to ruin your entire week of weight loss. 
- Don’t beat yourself up. Weightloss is harder for some than it is for others. Go at your own pace. It’s okay.  
- Stay away from fad diets. You don’t want to be healthy for 2 weeks, you want to be healthy for life.
- Have I mentioned water? Drink water! 

How to lose weight (the unhealthy way)

This is how I lose weight. It’s not a good way to lose weight, but it works. Well, for me anyway.

-Only eat one full meal a day. (For me, that’s supper.)

-Have a light snack every once in a while.

-Eat a shit load of ice. (Yes, it will thin your blood, or so I’ve been told. I’m anemic and they told me that the ice thinning my blood is why I am. But, you’ve never heard of anyone getting fat from eating ice now have you.)

-Exercise for about 15 minutes every few days.

How to prepare for a diet

How many of you have thought that tomorrow you’re starting your diet? Well that’s great but do not do huge drastic changes right away. Here’s some of my tips on how you can prepare before you start going on a very strict diet like korean diets.

  • Have a few weeks eating healthier: Do not watch your portions, just make sure you eat healthy. Feast on vegetables and fruits, not doritos and burgers. Use healthier alternatives to anything you usually eat. Go for whole grain, whole meat, vegetables, fruits, beans etc. These 2-3 weeks(depending on when you’re feeling ready) just eat until you’re not hungry, but eat healthy. It’s not that hard as you think.
  • Don’t count calories: This is a stupid thing, imo. Eat what you think is healthy, this way you’ll learn.
  • Get moving: Don’t do 30 minutes on the treadmill the first day. Walk your dog a little further, take a longer way to the grocery store, take the stairs, bike to work or school, go for an evening walk. There’s no need for crazy changes. You don’t need high quality sports equipment, no gym subscription. Just you and your feet.
  • Write down a log: How has this day been? What did you find out? Did you achieve a new goal? Just write down anything related to your healthier lifestyle. Write down if you had 4 pizza slices instead of 1 because it was soooo good. Just write it all down. It works.
  • Tell someone what you’re gonna achieve: Your classmates or colleagues need to know you’re gonna lose 10kg. Or your best friend, or your mom, or anyone really. Your tumblr followers, whatever. Telling someone about your goals makes you more likely to achieve them. 

So, am I ready to diet now?

Can you go a week eating healthy? Can you restrict your calorie intake a lot? Are you ready to work out and work hard? Ready to cry? Ready to feel the hunger at times? Ready to say nothanks to chocolate, cake and pizza? Go ahead, your diet journey is beginning now. A new you, a new life.

For all those who are craving:

It’s not you wanting to have a snack. It’s your DISGUSTING FAT* trying to trick you into thinking you need to eat unnecessary calories. It just wants to ruin your life, it wants you to hate yourself, it wants to steal from you your body, your happiness. Whenever you binge, whenever you break your meal schedule, you FEED YOUR DISGUSTING FAT, YOU MAKE IT STRONGER AND HELP HIM RUINING YOUR LIFE.
Don’t let it destroy all your sacrifices. Why did you say goodbye to all those delicious foods? Did you exercise, did you put all that effort, just to lose it all, because of an evil voice inside your guts?
YOU have the power, only you. Be strong.

*I’m not talking about a concrete body fat, I’m referring to that sick side of you that just wants to fill its throat with unhealthy food, ruining one of the most important thing you have: your self-esteem

Edit: I removed a comment which said I encourage eating disorders. AS I SAID IN THOSE FEW LINES ABOVE, AFTER THE STAR: I’M NOT TALKING ABOUT CONCRETE BODY FAT, I TALK ABOUT THAT EATING DISORDER THAT MAKES YOU OVEREAT. Jesus. There’s a difference between being hungry and eat (which I’ve encouraged in another post, check my blog before commenting bullshit) and craving and (over)eat snacks and other junk food. I’ll remove any stupid comment, I can explain my point of view but I’ll never EVER accept stupid accusations.

Things that Make the Scale Lie

Here is a list of things that will make the scale say you’ve gained weight:

•Bites, Licks, & Tastes add up
•Not enough water
•Too much alcohol
•Lack of sleep
•Lots of fruit, not enough veggies
•A change in your daily routine
•Lack of variety in food
•Stress
•Lack of exercise
•Not eating enough
•Lots of carbs, not enough protein
•Not enough fiber
•Rationalizing (a.k.a. EXCUSES)
•Not portioning food
•Medications (don’t change/stop medication just because of weight gain!! Talk to your doctor)
•Too much sodium
•Exercising right before weighing yourself (Lactic Acid- your body retains fluid to heal muscles)
•Not eating breakfast

Sometimes you just gotta eat a whole zucchini…

Slice zucchini, place on a plate with soy sauce, coat both sides, heat pan with tiny bit of peanut oil (or whatever oil), plop zucchini in the pan, wait & flip, season with salt and pepper, plate & top with toasted black and white sesame seeds!

Super easy, super delicious, super making this again tomorrow night (but adding some protein)

Weight Loss Tips and Tricks

I’ve been wanting to put together a post of some of the things I have learned on my weight loss journey so far for my new followers and for me to remind myself how far I’ve come on my journey. Here it goes!

I started my weight loss journey in January 2017 with my highest weight at 210 lbs. I have lost 21.4 lbs so far. I still have about 45 lbs to lose, but I am not worried about any kind of time frame. I want to lose it slow and steady so it will be easier for me to keep it off at the end and not just gain it back.

I don’t follow any type of diet. I don’t track macros. I just try to keep my meals balanced: protein, carb, vegetable. Simple. I keep my portions smaller. I weigh everything, log everything I eat, and exercise.

Well besides exercise in general, I try to be as active as possible during the day. Getting my Fitbit step goal is sometimes a separate thing from exercise in my mind. I might achieve my step goal by doing some exercise, but if I’ve been on the couch all day and then go on a run at 11pm, there’s no way I will get 10,000 steps by midnight.

As far as exercise goes, I need to do intense exercise to lose weight. I need to run, or swim. Walking just doesn’t work for me. But YOU may be different! Walking may work for you, and most likely should be the first thing you try if you have a lot of weight to lose and are not used to exercise. But, if you’re walking and eating right and the weight is not melting off, you may be like me and need to kick it up a notch. Or you might have a thyroid issue.

Ok enough about exercise, here’s some tips and tricks about food. Here are some easy things to do to change how you eat without going on a “diet”–

1. Don’t drink your calories! The only beverage I like to have that has calories is coffee. Get used to water, or have stuff like La Croix or ICE instead.

2. Eat less sugar! Sugar is addictive! I have stopped putting sugar in my coffee, because usually milk or cream already has sugar in it.

3. Avoid extra calories! That mayo on your sandwich, the whipped cream on your frapp, the full-fat dressing on your salad, the breading on your chicken, and the oil you cook with are all unnecessary!!! Instead of mayo, use a Sabra hummus spread. Use low-fat dressings. Avoid whipped cream ALWAYS. Eat grilled or baked chicken instead. Use Pam or a bit of healthy oil like olive, coconut, or avocado oil when you cook.

4. Weigh your food! Cooking pasta? Eating chicken or steak? Going to have some chips or popcorn? Weigh that shit! You will get accurate calorie amounts that way and will take all the guessing out of eating.

5. Don’t bring unhealthy foods into your house! If it’s there, you will eat it. If you live with other people, kindly explain to them that your health is important to you, and if they care about you they will help by not buying crappy junk food.

6. It’s ok to eat Fast Food! Sometimes you have no time and you gotta pick up something quick. But you just have to make better choices! At McDonalds, Wendys, Burger King? You can’t go wrong with a grilled chicken sandwich. Just ask for no mayo and you are good to go! Avoid the fries! If you’re at McDonalds you can get a parfait or some fruit on the side instead. At Wendy’s you can get a baked potato or some chili on the side instead. EASY!!!!!!!

7. Don’t deprive yourself! If you’re legitimately hungry, eat. Not sure if you’re actually hungry or just bored instead? Drink some water and have a healthy snack like an apple or orange, or eat some protein like some string cheese or a HB egg. Listen to your body and fuel it right.

8. Meal prep! If you work Mon-Fri, meal prepping is the perfect thing to help you eat a balanced yummy meal for lunch every day and help you avoid the bad stuff. Sunday night, cook up a batch of your favorite protein, veggies, and healthy carb, and then you’re done for the week! Don’t know what to make? @mealpreponfleek always posts great ideas! You can even do meal prep for breakfast so 2/3 meals for the day are already taken out of the equation.

9. Last thing and possibly the most important: It’s OK if you mess up a little bit. It’s not the end of the world. Someone’s throwing a bday party in your office? I’m sure there will be cake. Go ahead and have some, it’s not the end of the world. If you feel guilty about it, it will make you want to hide the fact that you ate it and will most likely ruin the rest of your day. Life is all about balance. One piece of cake is fine. A whole cake? Not so much. But, if you do eat a bit too much, just remember tomorrow is a new day. Don’t give up. Keep going. Don’t say, I’ll start over next week. Saying that is a never-ending cycle. Each new day is another opportunity to eat better and to exercise more.

If you are trying to lose weight, I hope this helps. Just remember, it’s a lifestyle change, not a diet.

And I don’t have all the answers. I’m not a nutritionist. I just know what works for me and my body.

Download a calorie counting app: Lose It
Get a snazzy fitness tracker: Fitbit
And see what they say about YOUR calorie intake and level of activity.