My weigh in on Monday was for 148, however when I weighed myself on Wednesday I was down to 147, which is 15 pounds down! 15 pounds down and 12 more to go!
I wanted to put together a list of things that have helped me lose 15 pounds, including food to always have on hand, and practices that have made this whole thing doable.
Always have a protein bar within reach
No joke, I never leave the house without a protein bar in my bag or pocket. My protein bar of choice is this Kirkland brand, either cookie dough or brownie.
These protein bars will save you from crappy food choices when you are out and hungry. They will also get you through sugar cravings; I cut them up into a bunch of little pieces, and it’s like eating brownie bites!
You can read my review of protein bars here, including my two other favorite.
Go For Bulk when Meal Planning
I am still using Weight Watchers, and it has taught me how to bulk up on fruits and veggies with every meal. Especially avocado, did you know that eating avocado with meals helps you stay fuller longer? Plus they are delicious.
The idea here is to be as full as you can with as little caloric and fat content. Avocado and eggs are good fats, and on Weight Watchers eggs are zero points. The bagel above wasn’t a great choice, but it just looked so good I had to have it!
Eat the Things You Love, Just Eat Less at a Time
When I’ve dieted in the past, I’ve cut out all the unhealthy things I used to eat. Inevitably, I’d get bitter that I couldn’t eat what I liked, and I’d break the diet making it that much harder to get back on track.
This time around, I’m allowing myself to eat my favorite foods, but I’m super aware of how much I’m eating.
This is my best example:
This is one of my favorite breakfasts, from a local Diner called Johanna’s in New Milford, CT (the other Stars Hollow). I ate half of the meal shown, and I tracked it all, and didn’t look back. A meal like this isn’t going to throw me off my game, and it’s not going to make me feel guilty. I’m going to enjoy every bite of it, stop halfway through it, and call it a day.
Track your Steps and Activity
Just do this. For real, it will make such a difference. I use my Apple watch, but you can use your phone. If you’ve got an Apple phone, you can use the Health app, and if you’ve got an Android you can use Google Fit.
This has made a huge difference for me. When I try to close all of my rings, which means burning a certain amount of calories, standing a certain amount of the day, and exercising for 30 minutes, my weight loss goes so much faster.
Also, about the Apple Watch, it’s expensive. And because of the cost, I was super reluctant to buy one. But now that I have one, I will never go without a smart watch. It is super helpful to have a watch that can tell you when to stand up, how many calories you’ve burned, and how many hours you’ve slept, while allowing you to text and take calls. It has freed me from having my phone in my hand at all times. Such a game changer.
Find Your Healthy Favorites
I’ve started eating quite a few new foods this year, include roll ups instead of bread, Laughing Cow Creamy Swiss instead of American cheese, riced cauliflower as a bowl base for breakfast instead of bread, and spaghetti squash instead of pasta.
These favorites have changed my taste preferences and cravings. Most days for breakfast I want a big bowl of veggies as opposed to a bready sandwich or bagel. And bagels were my jam! Or egg and cheese on a hard roll? So good. Now, I barely crave those things.
Tell Everyone About your Journey. Everyone!
One of the great things about Weight Watchers is Connect, their online community. I try to get on there at least once a day, and when I need inspiration, I reach out to this group. When I feel like my weight loss is going too slow, I reach out. And the people there are so supportive!
Also, be that guy, take pictures of your food and share them. If you follow me on Instagram, you know that I’m a fan of posting pics of my healthy foods. I even created a second Instagram dedicated solely to healthy foods.
Don’t go this journey alone. The more you talk to people about it, the more accountable you make yourself. The more pics you share of your food, the more you will want to make your food healthy and beautiful.
True story, I started using the bowls in my pics because they are very Insta-worthy, and now I use them exclusively because they look good to me. And the better your food looks, the more you’re going to want to eat it. It’s a small change, but it makes a big impact.
Let Yourself Slip Up
The other day I dropped my mom off at the airport, and I had my daughter in tow, and I was just feeling crappy. She kept asking me for water, so I stopped at a grocery store. Honestly I stopped because I really wanted kettle chips, a weakness of mine.
I got her some snacks and a water, and I got myself a bag of kettle chips and a Kit Kat. And I ate the whole bag, and the whole Kat. I didn’t feel bad about it, even though I knew it was not on track with my new way of eating. I wanted it, and I let myself have it.
If you are going to break the diet, just break it. Don’t feel guilty, don’t beat yourself up, enjoy the indulgence and get back on track.
Try Intermittent Fasting
I wrote about Intermittent Fasting in my last Fitness Friday post. It has changed my life. Literally. My mood, my body, my energy levels, everything has changed.
And believe me, I was very skeptical of it. But I jumped in and gave it a shot, and here’s proof that it works. Last week I went over my points by more than 44, and I still lost a pound.
These are my tips and tricks I used to lose 15 pounds, but losing weight is hard, I’m not going to lie to you. There are weeks that are easy, and weeks that feel outright impossible. But it’s a journey. There are very few journeys that reach their destination directly without taking any turns.
Be good to yourself and you’ll get through it. Don’t give up! It’s so easy to give up, and go back to the way you were, but you don’t want that! Imagine how good it will feel to reach your goal! Imagine how you will look at yourself in the mirror, how clothes shopping will feel, how much more energy you will have, how much healthier you’ll be! So many rewards!
You got this! I got this! We got this together! And yes, I just quoted My Little Pony #noregrets.