Deep thought Sundays: Weight loss journey pt 2

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Happy Sunday y’all! Ok maybe it’s not so happy as it’s back to work tomorrow 😦 hehe

Even though my blog is mainly about beauty and fashion, I also wanted to document my weight loss on here and hopefully help/inspire those who have or had the same struggles. If my story could help even one person, that’s all I could ask for. I named my blog ninafashionlife as I wanted to talk about all things fashion and all things life… this would be the LIFE part 🙂

As I mentioned in my pt 1 weight loss blog ( check my older blog posts for that please) I was never obese or fat or whatever word you want to use but I was always a girl whose weight fluctuated and I always struggled with a few extra pounds. While I don’t strive to be thin as I appreciate my curves, I want to be fit and most importantly HEALTHY.

When you are younger, it’s easier to lose weight, so I never particularly worked out, or watched what I ate, unless there was a vacation coming up . WRONG! Right after that vacation I would gain even more weight.
As I mentioned in my previous blog, I gained over 20 lbs in one year as I struggled with some issues and it took me seeing that 169 lbs number on my scale to get a REALITY CHECK. I knew that it’s not about losing weight for a vacation or an event, it’s about a lifestyle.

I lost 20 lbs altogether and I would like to lose about 10 more and I am working on this still. In this blog, I would like to  tell you how to get up off your ass and lose those first 10 pounds.

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1. STOP SAYING TOMORROW.
There is no such thing as “ Ok starting tomorrow, I am not eating anymore junk food and starting tomorrow I am hitting the gym“. If this is your motto, then tomorrow will never come. START NOW. You don’t have to get up and run to the gym right away but start now by going for a walk, a light jog, and eliminating the crap out of your diet right away.

I began  by heading straight to the grocery store, literally right after I got off the scale, and doing an entire new groceries.
Please see below for my grocery list.

2. ELIMINATE FAST FOOD AND SWEETS – COLD TURKEY
There is that saying that goes something like we need to eat a little bit of everything as long as it’s in moderation. Bullshit. There is absolutely no need for clogged up arteries that KFC and McDonalds will give you. Stop with all the greasy fried food and soda. Not only will the pounds melt away alone from this but you will feel incredible inside.

3. DRINK PLENTY OF WATER OR LEMON WATER
I am not a big fan of water unless I am parched. I am sure everyone knows the benefits of lemon water by now but if you don’t here it is. I would squeeze half a lemon into a bigger glass filled with water and drink this every morning before I ate anything. It made me feel so refreshed. Then I would take my bottle water and squeeze the other half of lemon in that and drink it throughout the day. I would also drink plain water in addition.
Benefits:

  • eliminates toxins
  • cleanses liver and kidneys
  • improves your skin
  • vitamin intake
  • AIDS WITH WEIGHT LOSS

Now, lemon water is not a miracle worker. You have to eat clean and be active in order for it to help with weight loss. It will boost your system and help you shed those pounds but not if you are still eating crap and being inactive.

4. EAT 4 SMALL BUT SOLID MEALS AND HAVE HEALTHY SNACKS IN BETWEEN
Never skips breakfast. Never ever. It is the most crucial meal of the day. Please see some suggestions for breakfast, lunch , dinner and snacks suggestions.

5. BECOME ACTIVE – SWEAT AND BEING SORE ARE YOUR FRIENDS
Basically you can lose weight only by changing the way you eat. But if you want to lose it faster, get your blood circulating and heart pumping and be even healthier you HAVE TO EXCERCISE. I started by going to the gym 3 times a week. And that is nothing!
I did 30 to 45 mins cardio which was walking at a faster speed and running every 10 mins for about 2 – 3 mins until I built my stamina up, or using an eliptical machine. After about 2 weeks of straight cardio I incorporated light weights for my arms and legs and stomach toning.

If you are anything like me, gym is incredibly boring. I mean I love the after feeling of being sore yet feeling you did something so productive and you can take on the world, I still get bored easily. This is when you have to switch it up, skip rope, go out for a walk, dance, etc.

6. LEARN HOW TO READ THE NUTRITIONAL LABELS AND KEEP A DIARY OF YOUR FOOD INTAKE
You have to find out what the proper intake for your age, sex, etc of carbs would be. Check calorie, fat and carbs content. I know you should look at sugar and salt contents but I really only paid attention to those 3.
I also wrote down my meals and I took pictures of everything I made as it helped me keep on track.

I lost my first 10 lbs in 2.5 weeks. A lot of it was water weight but it was very noticeable physically to other people as well as internally how I felt lighter and leaner with significant energy boost. After I saw that progress I was so motivated to keep going which is when I lost my second round of 10 lbs . This was much harder and it took a month and a half but very much doable . Stay tuned for next Sunday’s blog about that.

It really is not easy but it is more than possible. You will have down days, days when you want to give up, days when you worked out so hard yet the scale ain’t budging – THE KEY IS TO KEEP GOING. Results will come. Allow yourself to feel down but don’t stay down, keep going.

Important to mention: I did not starve myself. I still ate sweets but I made them myself, such as low fat calorie banana oat muffins, low fat coconut cookies, baked apples with cinnamon and it is YUMMY.

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My Grocery List in the Initial stages:

  • veggies such as asparagus, broccoli, peppers, tomatoes, kale and spinach.
  • fruits: bananas, blueberries, grapefruit, kiwi, apples
  • Baby spinach organic salad and raspberry vinaigrette salad dressing
  • Salmon, Tuna and Shrimp
  • Chicken Breast
  • Whole wheat toast
  • Honey Mustard
  • Peanut Butter
  • Lemon
  • Mushrooms
  • Quinoa
  • Oatmeal
  • Corn
  • Egg Whites
  • Avocado
  • Sweet potatoe

This was pretty much the list for 2 months and I experimented with what I had and created meals and recipes.

I am not going to go into detailed recipes in this particular blogs but here are a few suggestions for meals:

Breakfast ideas:
Peanut Butter Sandwich on Whole Wheat Toast with a banana
Oatmeal with a spoon of peanut butter or without.
Cereal (pay attention to the nutrition labels)
Egg whites with spinach and tomatoes, feta cheese on the side with one whole weat toast slice

Banana Oatmeal

Lunch Ideas:
My lunch was mainly salads:
Chicken salads, tuna salads, avocado salads, shrimp salads

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Dinner Ideas:
Salmon with brown rice
Shrimp with Quinoa
Chicken Breast with Salad
Sweet potato and roasted asparagus

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Made this myself: salmon and mixed veggies; banana muffins and oatmeal cookies.

Snack Ideas: Low fat yogurt with almond and fruits, granola bars, popcorn chips, low fat popcorn, stuffed mushrooms.

Stayed tuned for more blogs about my weight loss journey with detailed recipes and my before and after pic 😉

Nina XO

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