How I lost a stone (14 pounds) for free and without hardly changing my diet

Hi Peeps,

I hope that you are all doing well.

I know that today was meant to be a Christian blog post (apologies for that!) I am working on one and writing about something else will really mess up my planned posts for the rest of the year.

But I wanted to share something else today, something that is on my heart, and it’s something that may help others too.

Back in 2005 (ish), I decided that I wanted to lose weight as I was far too big. I didn’t want to start it in January because it wasn’t a resolution I was making so I started in the April. I got myself a personal trainer and achieved my weight loss goal (yay!), then I was inspired to train to be a personal trainer myself, which I did. I also taught several fitness classes that I enjoyed doing and all was fine – until I became ill.

After a couple of major operations, (I’m all better now but still can’t do certain things) I wasn’t able to do what I did before, so I gave up on fitness and had to do something else. The weight pilled back on and I thought that it wouldn’t go off again. Until now.

Which brings me onto the blog post. 😊

During the hot Summer we had here in the UK, I decided that this would be the time that my weight loss would start. I wanted to maximise the fact that I was sweating more so the weight loss would be easier to begin with because of the weather.

I have tried several diets over the years and they work for a time but once you stop, the weight piles back on again – I didn’t want this to happen. Also, I used to weigh myself every week, then if I hadn’t lost any weight, I would be discouraged and ended up giving up – again, this is something I wanted to avoid.

I decided instead to:

  • cut down on my portion sizes,
  • eat less bread,
  • and exercise more.

I used to have sometimes three slices of bread a day, not every day but at least three times a week. Even though it’s wholemeal, it was still far too much. So, at most I have one slice a day along with some no bread days, but not two days together as my bowels have trouble, lol. If I have a sandwich it’s only one slice of bread, which would be messy if I was out and about but being at home is fine. I use one cal spray (fry light), if I’m not using my non-stick pan, and have cut down on pasta, rice and potatoes. I still eat them, but I don’t pile them on the plate, everything is portioned better.

Then I’ve been going on about 30-minute walks. I happen to live near a massive park, so this is an ideal place to go. My walking time has now increased to 40-45 minutes and both my stamina and muscles are stronger. I started doing a few exercises at home too, mostly squats and the like, without weights, but now I’ve added a light pair of dumbbells to my routine and I can do a lot more repetitions now. Of course, the best thing is being able to feel the difference in my clothes!

It’s an awesome feeling to be able to see the weight coming off. I’m averaging about half a stone (7 pounds) a month, so before the end of the year I’m hoping to have lost another two stone (28 pounds).

Admittedly, I can’t see much of a difference myself, but I can feel the difference. I still have a lot more weight to lose but at least I’m on the right track.

If you’re serious about wanting to lose weight yourself, then make a plan of action to get it done. Stop procrastinating and do it. Think about the kinds of food you are eating, the portion sizes of each, the time of day you eat them. It may be, that like myself, what you eat isn’t too bad, it’s burning some of it off that’s the problem so include a bit more exercise to your regime. Could you park a little further away and walk more? Do a few squats whilst washing up. Walk up and down the stairs a few times extra during the day, walk around the block. Little steps make all the difference.

We have become so lazy as we have everything for convenience and we want everything in an instant, that we have become a lazy and ‘can’t be bothered,’ generation. We go from the car, to the store, and back again then park as close as possible, so we walk less.

Think about what small steps you can take to reach your goal, it may not be weight loss, it could be anything, but making small steps towards it makes you that bit closer into attaining it.

This is not a weight loss guide nor an exercise plan. This is my story. Do please check with your doctor before starting an exercise plan, if necessary.

Thanks for reading! Feel free to share,

Sarah. 😊

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