Making simple changes for a true lifestyle change

Way back in 2007, which really feels like it was a year or two ago, not 11! I went hardcore and dropped 60 lbs in 6 months and went from a size 1XL to a size M. Then I found out I was pregnant (with my now 10 year 0ld), quit my job when he was born to be a stay at home mom and then well life just happened. I tried (and failed) to lose weight many, MANY times over the last 11 years, but the biggest problem I had was trying to do everything all at once.

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And then of course I would just quit. Always with the promise of doing better the next day, the next week, the next month.

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When I started the One/80 Challenge in December, I was really nervous about doing something for 80 days. But I quickly realized it wasn’t about being perfect. It was about putting myself first, making myself a priority. And then- changes started happening.

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Here are the 5 simple changes I have made that have made this lifestyle permanent.

1. Get rid of the all or nothing approach. If I splurge on a meal, or we go out to eat, or I didn’t hit my steps goal or workout- it’s not the end of the world. My day is not ruined. The next time I eat, I make a healthier choice.

2. Ditch the diet sodas. I drank an alarming amount of Diet Pepsi and Monster energy drinks. Instead of cutting them out all at once, I let myself have one with dinner or just in the afternoon. Now, I still love a nice cold diet pepsi, but it’s all water all the time at home. And as for the Monsters? I’m all about the Spark now.

3. Add in foods, don’t delete. I’m not knocking other diets out there, they do work for some people. Not me. The second you tell me I can’t have something, it’s all I want and I can’t stay away. Instead of focusing on foods I should eliminate, I try and add in healthier foods. I started eating a cup of vegetables and a cup of fruit with lunch and two cups of vegetables at night. No more loading my plate with delicious carbs, I actually crave vegetables now!

4. Move more. I have the Garmin Vivoactive HR and one of the greatest features is the daily step goal. Instead of just an arbitrary amount of steps, it changes every day to keep you aiming for a little better than the day before. And it vibrates if you have been sitting too long. When it starts vibrating, I take some laps around the house or just walk in place for 5-10 minutes, those steps add up!

5. Prep. I used to roll my eyes at meal prep. Now I totally see the benefit! I chop our vegetables and leave them in the fridge for quick grabbing, same with hardboiled eggs and lately I have been keeping a batch of cooked quinoa and rice in the fridge too for quick grab and add lunches.

I still have a long journey ahead of me, but it no longer feels like an uphill battle that I can’t win.

I will probably do another post like this as I get further, any tips you would add?


  1. Wendy says:

    #1 is the key. We see it all the time–every time the news reports some health benefit from something, people go overboard. I always say, everything in moderation.

    Good luck!

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