With summer coming around the corner I, like every other woman, dream of lounging in a bikini poolside. Problem is, like every other summer for the last six years, my body is not bikini ready. The difference with this coming summer, though, is that I’ve been working diligently toward that bikini body I dream of, and have lost a total of 30 pounds in four months. I have officially beat the halfway point of my 50-pound goal, and with just another 20 pounds to go, I’ll be ready for my bikini debut in no time.
Unfortunately, my recent weight loss did not come without many prior failed attempts. My biggest enemy is the diet. I’m a self-proclaimed foody and diet restrictions are frustrating. I could never get through a full week of dieting without giving up and gorging. I realized on my hundredth attempt at weight loss, that dieting was just not an option for me. So instead of choosing some crazy fad diet, I started my journey by simply making healthier choices. My energy level and motivation increased within the first week. Fast food, freezer meals, sweets, and snacks are all filled with addicting sugar. I craved these foods on a regular basis, and I did not cut them out completely, but I did dramatically reduce the amount of these foods I ate. I drank a significantly less amount of juice and soda and increased my water intake.I substituted bagels for greek yogurt, chips for apple slices, and mochas for tea. With these small changes I started seeing a difference. After about a month the idea of eating anything from a drive through sounded repulsive, which was a blessing.
I contribute my weight loss to my dramatic lifestyle change. My sedentary lifestyle and desk job is not conducive to maintaining a healthy weight. Even if I’d been heavily dieting, losing weight would be nearly impossible with the lack of activity I did on a regular basis. After changing my eating habits, I decided I’d try working out. I signed up at the local gym and made a promise to myself that I would go every day for twenty-one days to form a habit. It actually worked, and after three weeks I was consistently going to the gym for over an hour a day. I started with cardio, and would switch the machines regularly to avoid boredom. After about a month I got really good advice: Muscle requires energy and will burn fat to get it . What this translates to is that the more muscle you build, the more fat you will burn. With this advice I began working on larger muscle groups like my legs and back in addition to daily cardio. Although, I could not immediately see results in muscle mass, I did begin dramatically losing weight a consistent two pounds per week.
The most important thing I did on my weight loss journey was that I avoided getting frustrated and giving up. I did not see dramatic results after a month, and I continued anyways. It was only after twenty pounds did the people around me start to notice a difference in my appearance. I realized it was important to keep going, that I wouldn’t wake up after a week or even a month of hard work and be the size I want. However, by this summer I will be bikini ready due to the hard work and dedication I put into my weight loss by exercising regularly and making healthier food choices.