If I said I accidentally started my weight-loss journey, would you believe me? Well, it’s true. However, even though it was unintentional at first, I ended up working my tail off and losing quite a bit of weight!
It all began when my wife and I were planning our summer dream vacation to the Dominican Republic. We went on the trip in July and started planning about six months ahead of time.
When we first started planning and changing our lifestyle, it was more to save money than anything else. See, going to the Dominican Republic isn’t cheap, and my wife and I aren’t exactly well-off.
So we had to make some serious lifestyle adjustments in order to afford our trip. Thankfully (and awesomely!), it just so happened that most of these lifestyle chances not only saved us some cash; they also made us lose some weight!
Hence how it was an “accident” that I first started shedding the pounds.
Before I tell you our weight loss “secrets,” I’ll first give you some background info. I’ve always been a pretty husky fellow. Some people said I was “big boned,” and some just said I was fat. Whatever the case, before our trip, I was just about 300 pounds.
My wife also lost some weight, but she’s always been skinny and healthy, so I’m focusing this story more on my own personal success.
In total, I lost about 50 pounds in the six months before our trip. That’s about eight pounds per month, which may not sound like a lot, but it quickly adds up!
Here’s what I did to “accidentally” lose weight.
Are you surprised? Probably not. Eating healthier is a pretty obvious way to lose weight. To be honest, the only reason my wife and I started eating healthier was because we got tired of spending so much cash eating out. The amount of cash we spent eating out was outrageous, so we had to fix this if we wanted to have enough saved up before our trip.
As a result, I started to do all of our cooking. We no longer ate out, and I was the chef du jour.
I’ve always been quite a bit of a carnivore, so I decided to buy a lot of meats and not many carbohydrates the first time I went grocery shopping. My wife commented that my shopping either looked like something a caveman would buy or someone on the Atkins Diet.
Her comments are actually what inspired me to actually give the Atkins Diet a try.
Now that I’ve been successful with the Atkins Diet, I have to ask: Is it so easy that a caveman could do it? Or were most cavemen actually unintentionally on the Atkins Diet? Maybe we should instead call this diet the Caveman Diet?
If you don’t know much about the Atkins Diet, it’s based on more protein and less carbs. That means meat is a good thing.
In my book, that’s one awesome diet! Before you say anything, I know; I know. Cavemen ate much more than just meat. I guess I’m guilty of being stereotypical toward cavemen.
On our Dominican Republic trip, my wife and I knew we would want to do a lot of sightseeing and shopping. This meant that we’d have to do quite a bit of walking.
Therefore, I started walking as much as I could. This was awesome because 1) it saved a lot of cash I would have otherwise spent on $4/gallon gasoline, and 2) it helped me get in great shape for our trip.
Again, the walking started out more to get me ready for the trip than for anything else. I guess I knew it would also help me lose weight, but I just wanted to make sure my big feet and legs could handle walking all over the Dominican Republic.
Never Giving Up
Like I said, I originally planned to save money, and losing weight was just more of an afterthought. However, once I started seeing some serious weight loss and progress, I really got excited and enthusiastic to lose more and more weight.
Before the trip, I lost a good 50 pounds. I’d say that the vast majority of that was in the last couple of months before the trip, though. The more I lost, the more excited and determined I became.
I’ll admit it; while in the Dominican Republic, I didn’t care one bit about my weight, and I gained quite a bit back. I ate a ton of food, and it really showed.
Once we made it back to the states, it was pretty depressing to once again be “fat.”
This made me get back on the wagon and start actively trying to lose more and more weight. Now, I’m finally back to where I once was. I’ve noticed it is much harder to “re-lose” weight than it is to lose it the first time, but that’s OK!
Every pound you lose is progress. Just remember that. As long as you’re making progress, you’re doing well.