3 Things every woman should know to get fit in 2017 and how this woman has lost 92 pounds and is still shooting for more!
3 Things every woman should know to get fit in 2017 and how this woman has lost 92 pounds and is still shooting for more!
{I’m so incredibly excited to have Diana from Livy Loves as a guest contributor today. I’ve been following her on instagram for ages and I find her journey so inspiring. I believe in these 3 things every woman should know to get fit and I hope it will be a motivation for all of us to take better care of the bodies we’ve been blessed with. She says it best, it isn’t always easy, but it will be worth it and I know we can learn from her.}
Mom to two kids, married and living in Utah. Diana grew up in Southern California and has lived in Utah for 9 years.  She is a graphic designer and runs a shop online called Livy Love Designs.  She has lost close to 100 lbs in under a year and is getting closer and closer to her ultimate goals.  Diana documents her journey on her blog  and instagram  (@livylovestorun) Twitter  Facebook
In early 2013, I knew that I wanted this to be the year that I lost weight.  I knew that I had so much work ahead of me and the thought often times made me intimidated and unsure of myself.  Once I decided to make the steps to achieve my goal, things started to get easier.  I knew I wanted to lose at least 100 lbs.  I have no formal training in exercise or fitness, I just did what I knew and from there researched more about how our bodes and nutrition works and here I am today.
I started walking everywhere.  I took my two little kids in our double stroller and walked all over my neighborhood each day.  I would walk 2-3 miles and sometimes even more.  I am lucky to have several parks in my area so we would walk to the park and then I’d let my kids play, and then we would walk home.  This started to become something I looked forward to because I loved the way I felt after exercise.  I also incorporated a healthy diet which is very important for successful weight loss.  I cut out all fast food, soda, candy, anything that I could buy in a package from the store that was not healthy.  I started to eat chicken, steamed vegetables, almond milk, tons of water (at least 100 oz a day), fruits, turkey burgers, you know very clean and healthy foods.
Of course, it was difficult in the beginning because my body craved sweets.  However, I believe the reason I was so successful is because I let myself have a a cheat day once a week which held me over when I was having intense cravings. Now that I am 10 months into my journey, I can easily control my cravings much better where I don’t really give in.  It wasn’t always that easy, but over time I realized I needed to decide what I wanted more: healthy lifestyle or gaining weight.

 

 

I wanted to share 3 tips that I have for Women who are trying to lose weight this year.

1.  START SMALL

This is my number one tip! You do not need to be cutting out EVERYTHING bad in your diet at first. I feel like if you do, you will only set yourself up for failure.  If you are a diet coke drinker and drink at least 5-6 cans a day, but want to change your habits this is what I recommend.  Try and limit it, to 1-2 a day.  Gradually over time, if you stick with it, your body will get used to the change, but if you take it all away at once, you will be more likely to give up.  In the beginning of my journey, I ate really well, every day of the week except Saturdays.  I worked out Saturday morning, weighed in for the week, then had my cheat day.

I let myself still eat those tasty things that I loved! Over time, it got easier to control my cravings for my cheat day.  Now that I have done for a lot longer, I only give myself 2-3 cheat days a month.  I don’t need it anymore like I used to! I started small in the beginning and now have weaned myself off high calorie food.

2. Count your Calories

I know that some people don’t really like this, but if you are just beginning and need some guidance this is free and easy and will help you.  I still count my calories every single day, even when I cheat.  I am far less likely to cheat OVERBOARD if I still count those calories.  I eat 1300 a day which you may think isn’t that much, but I am still trying to lose weight and all those calories are pretty healthy so I eat quite a bit.  I use My Fitness Pal app on my phone which is free.  It will ask you how much you want to lose and by when and will help you calculate how much you should be eating a day.  This tool really has been a huge reason why I have been so successful.

3. Set Goals

Once I started setting goals for myself, that is when I really changed my thinking and weight started coming off.  In February of last year, I could maybe run for 1 minute straight. That’s a huge maybe.  I knew that I wanted to be a runner, but walking was a good workout for me but over time I just built up my endurance.

In June, I signed up for a 5k and was terrified! I could walk 4-5 miles a day no problem, but running 3.1 miles was so scary to me.  My 5k was in August and once I signed up I trained for it.  I ran the entire 5k in 38 minutes which was way below my goal.  The night after my 5k, I signed up for a half marathon in October.  I just kept setting goals for myself.  The next day, I started to train and it was the best thing I ever did for myself during this journey.

My endurance grew leaps and bounds.  Just 6 months before that, I could barely run for 1 minute and then I was now running 10 miles on Saturday mornings.  It just showed me that my brain was telling me that I couldn’t do it, but my body was.  I definitely had to change my thinking and believe in myself.  I want people to know that YOU CAN DO IT! It will not happen over night or in a month, but over time you will see your body change.

3 Things every woman should know to get fit in 2017 and how this woman has lost 92 pounds and is still shooting for more!

Now I have lost 92 lbs, I have lost over 40 inches combined on my waist and hips (I have started to lose count) and went from a size 20 to a size 10.  I am so honest and open about my journey because I have fallen in love with taking care of my body and I want others to feel the same.

I had so many excuses: two kids under 3, a husband gone at work all day, a busy shop owner, and just basically tired at the end of the day.  However, I wanted this for myself more than I could possibly express and I made it happen.  I just want to encourage other women to know that if you want this, you can and will attain it if you change your life around.  You do not need pills, wraps, fad diets, nothing that’s not long lasting.  Just hard work and dedication.

3 Things every woman should know to get fit in 2017 and how this woman has lost 92 pounds and is still shooting for more!

When I first started, mentally I was afraid and scared to start this because I didn’t know if I was ready to make these life long changes.  Food was such a comfort to me that I didn’t really want to give it up.  I knew that if I didn’t, I would just be more unhappier. It was a really hard transition, but I have made it though and feel like now I can accomplish all my goals.  For the first 6 months, I was not sure I could really do this and still doubting myself because I still craved my old ways, but kept going because I believed that it could only get better.  The more I changed my body, the more I changed my mind.3 Things every woman should know to get fit in 2017 and how this woman has lost 92 pounds and is still shooting for more!

I’ve included photos of some meals that I eat.  They are very basic items that anyone can eat.  I am a very picky eater but have found things that I like and have stuck with them.  I think one of the best things that has happened during this journey is seeing my kids fight over the carrots and broccoli.  I almost have to laugh because it’s great seeing my kids enjoy healthy and nutritious foods.

 

 

 

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