I’ve struggled with my weight for more than half of my life. Not only was I chunky, I was a good head or two taller than everyone I went to school with up until my last few years of high school. So, I definitely had lots of issues with my appearance.
I’ve tried every diet and fad like, ACE, Paleo, a prescribed phentermine medication, and 21 Day Fix. I’ve also tried to starve myself and I’ve even taken laxatives because I thought they’d help get and then remain skinny. All of these fads I tried fell in a span of almost 8 years and all at different points of my life; they didn’t happenall at once; but I digress.
Nothing was really working for me. I was incredibly unhappy with myself and would purposefully not look into a mirror unless I had to. I mean, I couldn’t look at myself without calling myself a bunch of really nasty horrible names. And I was always comparing myself to other women and fantasizing what it would be like to have a body like Kim K.
My mom had great results with a lifestyle program called Thrive. I mean, she looks banana sandwich. She looks amazing! So I started with the pills, shakes, and dft patches (more on this later). But, I wasn’t really doing it properly. I was still eating out pretty consistently, and I wasn’t working out. I would say it took about 5-6 months after I started Thrive that I actually took my life and my wellness seriously.
Now, this isn’t a blog post dedicated to Thrive, because I did a lot of things combined with it that I feel really contributed to my success. I want to share my experience because I know from firsthand experience what it’s like to not feel like yourself and uncomfortable in your own body.
So here’s the major changes to my day-to-day that I made that really slingshotted me to success in losing weight, yet staying healthy and eating a well balanced meal
I, like many other women have a huge problem with deciding what to go get or make for lunch or dinner. It’s so harddd!! There’s always too many options and I’m so indecisive that it tends to end with a trip to Mc Donalds or Taco Bell. Meal Prep took away that issue because you put in all of the work ahead of time so that when it comes to finally have lunch or dinner you can just grab your tupperware from your fridge, heat it up if you need to, and you’re good! .
2. Exercising At Home
I also have a problem with gym memberships because I’m a broke college student who can’t afford one and I also hate people watching me workout. So I work out at home with minimal gear. I only own 2 yoga mats, a pair of 3lb weights, and a pair of 5lb weights. I always start with an at home exercise plan that I get off of Pinterest and then I finish with 2 miles of power walking/jogging.
I’m still doing the Thrive lifestyle! Thrive by Le-Vel is a lifestyle program consisting of dietary shakes, multivitamins, and nutritional supplements for both men and women. I obviously use the Thrive W for women and it comes with different packs of things you can purchase but I go with the Lifestyle Pack. It comes with dietary supplements taken immediately in the morning with water, your choice of meal replacement shake which I have for breakfast 30 minutes to 1 hour after taking the pills, and DFT (Derma Fusion Technology) patches which you stick to your bicep or forearm that helps promote mental clarity, weight management, appetite control, and metabolic support.
I basically just go pills, patch, shake. Boom. Done. I can honestly say from personal experience that Thrive helped my caffeine and Dr Pepper addiction without giving me withdrawal systems like massive headaches! It was a lot easier for me to quit cold turkey. And, adding that meal replacement shake just adds to the simplicity of not having to figure out what to make for breakfast, a lot like meal prep!
For more info on what Thrive is, how it can take your life, and how to get it click HERE.
4. Get a Water Jug!
Okay so I am one of those people who carry around a gallon jug that I repurposed from an old milk jug to drink my recommended amount of water a day. It’s that simple! All I did was wash a milk jug and I used a guide from Pinterest to help me label my jug with the times of day I need to have specific amounts of water drank.
(via Today’s the Best Day)
5. Mental Health
Probably the biggest factor that played a role in my weight loss success is my mental health. True, after you start taking care of yourself with how you treat what goes in your body it will reflect on your mental health. However, I didn’t stop there. I have a relationship with food. A dirty, dirty love affair. I love eating for every emotion. I can be happy, mad, sad, excited, bored, doesn’t matter, I’m eating. I love the experience of eating food with people, the act of coming together for a meal that you all need to provide sustenance. I love dinner table talk! That’s all well and good until you take it too far by pretty much only eating out, and choosing the greasiest and fattiest foods. It’s also not helpful to have an inner monologue of hate when looking at yourself in a mirror.
So, I started celebrating the small victories. I didn’t have one soda all day? That’s a great achievement for someone like me! You didn’t cook AT ALL with butter?? Okkurrr girl, I see you. Once I started giving myself praise for the small things I was changing, it led to helping rebuild my self confidence and encouraged me to do better. Before, it was so daunting to look in the mirror and imagine the hard work it was going to take to get my body back to a healthier state.
There you go! Those are my top tips to integrate into your routine that have worked for me, and I know at least one will work for you. Of course, I can take the time to go further into detail about meal prepping, Thrive, the mental aspect of losing weight, and my workouts in separate blog posts (because no one really wants to read a novel here, I mean come on) if that’s something you’d like to see!