Hindsight is always 20\20 and we all have things in life we would of done differently.
I thought I'd share some things I wish I had known, 50 pounds ago.
Maybe it will help someone not make the same choices I did.
I could of reached my goals a lot faster if I had just done a few things differently!
1. Cleaned up my Eating!
I balked at the mention of clean eating, like no way could I do it successfully.
I thought it was too hard and too much of a hassle.
I was SO WRONG. I won't sit here and say I do it 100% BUT it has gotten me to a whole new level as far as making better choices goes.
Most of my pics from this period were chest up.
I wish I had:
cut out chips, even 'light' ones
switched my calorie packed flavored yogurt for steel cut
Switched my flavored yogurts to Greek
Ate less pasta at night
Cut out 'empty' calories; 100 calorie packs, granola bars
Ditched the 'Smart Ones' at lunch
Ate more salad
Ate on a schedule!!
2. Run Less, Lifted More
Running is my first love and I hate to cheat on her, but weights is where you will change your body.
This is me at 150.
This is me close to the same weight, 146. Muscle tone is much better.
Pretty sure those dead fish are giving me a nice curve on the sides of my belly :)
I've always done some type of weights, lunges, squats, etc.
But after I hit my YEAR EFFING LONG PLATEAU I decided if I couldn't lose the lbs I would build the muscle.
I wish I had started that from the beginning and done more. I thought I needed cardio, cardio, cardio.
The more muscle you have the more calories you burn just sitting on your ass,
so I burn more calories when I'm watching TV :)
3. The Dreaded Plateau
I found this picture from last December.
I jumped from 148-150 for a year.
I wish I could go back and tell myself not to stress about it.
I just needed to learn to eat better and exercise more effectively.
Everyone has to learn things their own way, but maybe after reading these something will 'click' for you.
Like after I read, "This is Why you are Fat" it clicked that eating should be for fuel, I should eat things even if I don't like them, and I should eat clean like it's my job during the week.
Also about the evils of sugar, I won't say I never eat it but I am MUCH more aware of how much sugar is in food and what it does to your body.
That knowledge is what makes me able to turn down ice cream and cake at night.
Old pic, shirt from Ruffles with Love on Etsy.
I was a work in progress then and I still am now.
Maybe I'll never be 'done'.
I don't know, but I know I enjoy working towards 'it' :)