Happy New Year everyone! Are you feeling a little like this lately? Gung hei FAT choy indeed!
At this time of the year we all get inundated by bad advice, quick fix promises, and specials for the local gym. I know it can all be a little overwhelming and we all want results quickly, but quick fixes rarely lead to long term success. For me, the best way to approach making healthy changes in my life has been by taking small, sustainable steps.
The journey begins…
Many of you (yes, I’m talking to you Mom and my three other readers) know that I blogged about my wellness journey over the past year and a half. It all started with wanting to finally get rid of those last “15 baby pounds” (even though my baby is now 8) and to learn some better lifestyle habits. So I hired a wonderful trainer, worked out regularly, lifted weights, ate less chips, drank (a little) less wine and ate less chocolate and slowly but surely over the last 18 months I lost those “last 15 pounds”. Yay me! But believe me, it wasn’t easy…
I lost the weight but something still didn’t feel right. I felt deprived all the time. I was craving sugar like crazy, was hungry ALL the time from working out and then I’d work out more to compensate for the extra sugar and food I was eating. That made me tired and sore as heck ALL THE TIME. It was a bit of a vicious cycle and I couldn’t seem to get the scale to budge any further.
It was time to make some small changes…
A few months ago I was introduced to Bulletproof Coffee – you can read more all about my experience here and here – but in short, it helped reduce my sugar cravings, gave me more energy and keep me feeling fuller longer during the day. It was one small change to my normal coffee routine that had big results for me!
This inspired me to make a few more small changes like…
- Using a smaller plate for every meal. This way I was eating less volume, but since my plate still looked full it seemed to keep me more satiated than normal.
- Doing LESS cardio. I was spending way too much time at my workouts – I was getting bored, and was plateauing. I started doing much shorter and more intense HIIT/Tabata workouts and alternating with strength training. Also be sure to check out The Whole Life Fitness Manifesto as a great way to commit 30 minutes to yourself every day!
- Drinking more water. This was great because I was always dehydrated from exercising, and also kept me from mindlessly snacking when all my body really needed was water. (ps -I am also over the moon excited about trying NEW FatWater from Bulletproof soon so stayed tuned for more info on that in the coming months!)
- Eating more FAT. Yes, that’s right – more fat! Of course it was the healthy kind – think Avocados and Greek Yogurt and of course Grass Fed Ghee and Brain Octane Oil. Healthy fats do all sorts of good things for your body like helping keep you feeling fuller longer, delivering energy to your body and brain more efficiently, and it has the lowest impact on insulin levels. For more info on why healthy fats are good for you check this article out!
Ok ok, so what were your BIG results already?!
Alrighty – so last week my trainer had me hop on the scale for my 3 month progress report. “Ugh!” I thought as visions of all the guacamole from our Mexican vacation, and extra Christmas treats floated through my head. As I peeked out through squinted eyes fearing the worst…what to my wondering eyes should appear but an additional 12 POUND WEIGHT LOSS IN 3 MONTHS!!!
Yes, it’s true. I was shocked. Honestly, I haven’t weighed this little since my 20’s. I don’t weigh myself often but did notice that my clothes were feeling looser than normal and that friends and family were commenting that I looked like I had lost weight.
Small changes = big results. Hmmm…I think I am on to something here!
This post was generously sponsored by the fine folks at Bulletproof360 but as always my smart-alec opinions are purely my own!