1. How did you lose X pounds?
Through pure hard work and determination. There’s no easy way to be successful with weight loss. You get out what you put in. No “quick fix” method is going to work long-term.
2. What kinds of things do you eat?
I don’t limit myself to anything, really. I consume carbs, fats, and dairy on a daily basis including chocolate, cheeses, and bread. The key is portion control. You need to allow yourself freedom if you want this to work. In general though, I try to follow certain guidelines. I eat 1300-1500 calories per day, try my best to get below 2000mg of sodium, limit my saturated fat intake, eat at least 20g of fiber, and meet my protein goals for the day (usually around 65-70g).
If you have an account on MyFitnessPal, feel free to add me as a friend and see my daily food logs.
3. What does your exercise routine look like?
I need variety in my life, so I don’t commit to any one exercise each week. I take a 90-minute yoga class on Wednesdays and usually work out 2 more times each week. This can be an exercise video or a walk/jog outside. I don’t have a gym membership (nor do I want one). I also take a 15 minute walk each day on my break at work.
4. Do you have loose skin?
I think it’s virtually impossible to lose as much weight as I have and not have a little bit of loose skin. I mostly see it in my stomach, my inner thighs, and under my arms (my wings, so to speak). It’s definitely there, but I try not to stress over it. My BF says that he doesn’t ever really notice it and only does when I point it out. I’m honestly not to concerned about it. I’ll take loose skin over excess fat any day of the week!
5. How do you keep motivated?
I’ve said this before, but you truly have to want this more than anything else. You have to keep things in perspective. Sure, I’m going to feel amazing gulping down that piece of cheesecake in 5 minutes flat…but how am I going to feel the rest of the night? Is it truly worth it? I also believe that each of us has a time that is right for us to begin our journeys. Sometimes, it’s just not the right time. You need to be in the right mindset to make this permanent lifestyle change.
6. How do I get started?
Honestly? Just do it! Start small—go for a walk for 15 minutes. The next week, increase it to 20 and so on. Eventually you’ll be able to jog, run, sprint, etc. In terms of eating, the same principle applies. Start with a small goal like tracking your calories. Then move on to bigger changes.
7. Can you recommend any other bloggers?
Yes, I can! I actually compiled a list of my favorite healthy living bloggers (on Tumblr and not) which you can find here.