-Drink water. If you're gonna eat the pizza, the cake, the wings, etc, AT LEAST guzzle it down with some water. Drink only water, so you don't have to worry about beverage calories, only food calories.
-Smaller portions. If you have to have it, put it in a small Tupperware or on a small plate so that you'll eat less.
-Don't eat too fast
, and give your body a chance to see if you're full. I once got full off of 4 chicken tenders from Burger King. I ate them because all I had was a dollar and some change until I cashed my check and I was hungry so I stopped there before the bank. By the time I went to the bank, I had to wonder what I ate, because I had NO desire to eat anything else. My body was like, "I'm cool"
-Work out first thing. Well, technically I say my prayers and brush my teeth before I work out, but the sooner you get that work out in, the quicker it's done with. Maybe wake up 10 mins earlier (if that's all you can give) so that you have 10 mins to dedicate to working out.
-Pray. If you're a believer, prayer works. My job has unlimited cake and ice cream, and one day I KNEW I wasn't going to be able to help myself, so I prayed for help and when I went to the cafeteria, there was NO CAKE. I was so grateful and I truly believe it was God that did that. I also have some other prayers and stuff that I do daily, PM me for details. I'm Christian, if you're wondering.
-Don't eat past 7p. This is HARD, I know, but ladies I promise it's doable. I get off work usually around 10p and I found it hard to come home and NOT eat. So if you have to, go home and brush your teeth or swish some Listerine (U CANT eat until 30 mins after Listerine anyway). Go to sleep when you get home (U can shower first lol), but don't take a long time unwinding, because chances are, you're going to eat.
-Can't do 7p? Well, wait 3 hours after eating before you go to sleep. So if you usually go to sleep around 12a, don't eat past 9p. Ladies, there's no point in eating right before bed. You may as well wait until morning, because you can't feel you're hunger in your sleep and you're gonna wake up hungry anyway.
-Work out on an empty stomach
(or 3 hours after eating). I think there are mixed feelings about this, but I swear by it. That's also another reason to work out first thing in the morning. When you work out after eating, it can cause a feeling of fatigue PLUS your body will start to burn off what you ate BEFORE it starts to burn the fat you already have. But if you don't have food, the body will burn what's already stored. I've never had any problems working out on an empty stomach, but if you have, than by all means, listen to your body.
-Think and Do. If you ever catch yourself thinking about your weight, then do something, ANYTHING! Do 5 jumping jacks, do some crunches, box up half your food, throw away the last few chips in the bag, whatever! Just do something EVERY time you find yourself thinking about how you wanna lose weight and etc. Too many times we'll be sitting around, snacking and watching tv, thinking about how we wanna lose weight. Ummm, no.
-Strength Train. Mostly everyone does this, this was more of a personal thing I had to get into my head. I looove cardio, but ask me to do some situps or some pushups and I'm done, but strength/resistance/ weight training is essential to weight loss and toning. What the difference is between strength/ resistance/ weight training is..? Now that's a good question for another one of these ladies, lol. *Also, I like to do crunches and tricep dips right before bed, even if I did cardio earlier, because those are my..er... flabbier areas lol*
. A lot of times we want to stop something because we aren't seeing immediate results, but give it time. It will happen. Don't expect to lose 20lbs in 3 days and stop looking for a way to do that, just make weekly or monthly ATTAINABLE goals and give yourself a nice
when you reach them.
. I say a big "Thank You Jesus!" whenever I step on my scale (which is usually every Monday). I don't care if it's 2lbs or .2lbs, as long as I'm not gaining,
I'm so thankful. I'm so thankful that I'm alive and can manage to use my limbs to get some exercise. I'm so grateful that I am able to choose what I want to eat, while others are not so fortunate. I'm thankful that I am healthy and I am able to walk up a flight of stairs. I may be tired, but shoooot, I made it up there! You could be skinnier, yes, but you could be fatter.
-Progress. Add more and more each week so that you don't plateau. I love putting the treadmill on random every now and then, and increase your resistance on your bands or increase your dumbbell weights. If you can do 20 situps without stopping, do not do UNDER 20 without stopping, but instead try to keep increasing it every week.
Sorry so long, but these are tips I honestly use and I really hope these can help you ladies. I have lost 12lbs in the past 5 weeks and I want to get to 199lbs (I was 208lbs on 3/1) and then I have a secondary goal of 170lbs. I will keep you guys posted!