How I Lost 30 Pounds

Being vulnerable is hard, but I think it’s important. By sharing about hard things we’ve gone through and what we’ve learned, we can challenge and encourage others who are feeling the same way. So we’re going to talk about a touchy subject for everyone, especially women…

weight loss.

Weight loss doesn’t begin in the gym with a dumbbell; it starts in your head with a decision.
~Toni Sorenson

Throughout my difficult marriage, I gained a lot of weight (about 40 lbs to be exact), and I wasn’t happy about it. I also didn’t feel great about myself, which I am sure many of you can relate to! When I realized what I had gained, I was only 4 lbs away from my heaviest weight ever, what I weighed when I gave birth to my son. Talk about a wake-up call, and boy did I feel bad…

I recently spoke about this on a podcast interview and had someone private message saying they could totally relate and wanted to know how I lost it. And I do still have about 10 lbs to go but feel too great to almost have it all gone. 🙂

So I made some changes, and I’m going to share with you what I did to shed that weight! And it wasn’t an overnight process but a slow and steady focus.

  • Moving more. It’s so easy to just sit most of the day working and not even realize how little you’re moving! So I got a Fitbit and had it give me reminders to move every hour. It made a world of difference in helping me move more!
  • Watching what I eat. I stopped snacking and started making sure to eat decent meals. I used the free app MyFitnessPal (yay for free tools!) to help me keep track of what I was eating. Still use it to this day!
  • Exercise. I completely understand how daunting it can be to find time in busy schedules to exercise. But it doesn’t have to be a big commitment! I started with literally just 10 minutes a day. Whether it was doing yoga or walking, I made sure to do something for those 10 minutes.
  • Health. Make sure there’s nothing going on healthwise that has caused the weight gain! For me, I found out that my cortisol level was high. So I bought a supplement on Amazon. I think it helped so much in the beginning!
  • Accountability. You don’t have to do this alone! Having someone else going through this with you to encourage and challenge you can really make a difference. I had a friend who would walk with me, and it helped motivate me to keep my goals!

Losing weight and staying healthy can be such a slow process, but I feel so much better physically and emotionally than I did before I started.

I challenge you to find small, simple ways to make changes this week to meet whatever weight or health goal you have! I’d love to hear about what changes you’re going to make or what tips you have for what has helped you. Send me an email and let me know!

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