Getting motivated to do anything can be difficult…including writing this post. I have wanted to write about this for months, but I wasn’t sure where to begin. Every time I sat down to write I felt like a fraud – like I didn’t do anything to “warrant” losing weight, which is not even remotely true.
It may not seem like the traditional way, but it’s my way.
What can I say about weight loss that hasn’t been said? Not much. But I know that as many times as I’ve heard these same things over and over again, they didn’t motivate me until I was ready.
I didn’t go to meetings – this time.
I didn’t log food – this time.
I didn’t take on an exercise regimen that claimed I’d lose “10 pounds in 10 days!” or anything like that. (I don’t believe in that stuff.)
Here’s what motivated me to get on a path to being who I truly am and lose weight along the way.
10 Lifestyle Changes That Motivated Me To Lose Weight
Carry a water bottle everywhere.
When I’m around the house, I usually have a dedicated water cup for the day and I try to make sure that there is always some level of clear liquid in there.
If we’re heading out, I’ll grab a Tervis tumbler or my Swell bottle. People like to make jokes about “what’s in the bottle”, but yeah, I really only drink water, apple juice, and the occasional unsweetened tea.
I will never believe someone when they say that they can run off of 4-5 hours (or less) of sleep. Maybe they think they can, but I could just about bet that their body is craving sleep. Plus, this isn’t a contest of who can sleep the least? And if it is, I don’t want to win…
“LET ME REST AND RESTORE!” (<– that’s the body screaming)
There was a few months when I thought I would never sleep again. I was up all hours of the night – and day. My mind was wandering and leading me deeper and deeper into a depressive state. Thankfully I was able to get into a sleep routine once I started feeling better about myself and have been able to get around 7-8 hours of sleep a night and feel quite rested, most days. (Naps do occasionally happen.)
Make time for family and friends.
When I was in a depression cycle I felt stuck; home, work, weight, life in general. Thankfully I had a few people I knew I could turn to. Not always for “life” support, sometimes just to talk or say hi. Something as small as sending a text could feel like a HUGE ordeal when I was fighting anxiety, so knowing that I had a couple people there for me was a major help and weight off my shoulders.
Whether it’s face to face support from people we know (which can be harder in general) or virtual support via emails and texts from family and friends/internet friends, someone can be there for you if you let them.
Take time for yourself.
Being around people can be good, but sometimes I need a break from the world and everything that is going on, so taking time for myself has been crucial. Whether it’s reading, yoga, or playing with the cat, getting some time away from it all is good for the brain, which is in turn great for overall.
I’ve also realized over the last couple of years that I don’t need to keep people in my life. Whether it’s friends or family, it’s hard to break cycles of negativity keeping certain people in day to day life.
Break times around here can include taking the cat outside while getting some reading done 🙂
Therapy to help combat high/ALL levels of anxiety.
I spent a few months seeing a therapist, and while it didn’t work out (she was…not the right therapist for…anyone), I was able to talk through enough things with her and get it out of my system and was able to start working on it.
I was having extremely high levels of anxiety all throughout the day (not that it’s completely vanished), but having anxiety over what someone in a car next to you is doing is not something that can be controlled and I am always trying to learn how to deal with those sorts of things.
My well being and how I treat myself and others is one of the only things that is in my control. And that is something that I am continually trying to work on and improve.
When I say supplements I do not mean weight loss pills or anything like that. I am talking about herbs – unfortunately not the cannabis kind, but that would help with anxiety, pains, and things that one may experience, since you know, it is a plant also.
The herbs I am talking about are ones that helped me combat some depression symptoms without going on medicines. (And as much as I hate to even feel the I need to say this, there is nothing wrong with medications. I felt they were not for me at the time.)
The therapist mentioned about putting me on something due to depression, racing thoughts, anxiety, sleep, etc, but after talking it through and telling her about the herbs I was taking, we agreed that if I started feeling better with them then I should try that for a while.
Thankfully I had Stepfanie as a confidant/resource to talk things through. She was able to drop some herb knowledge on me multiple times and was a fantastic friend to me during one of the hardest times of my life, and still to this day.
Sunlight + light activity.
Swimming is my jam. Well, actually getting in the pool and moving my arms and legs around is my jam because I enjoy getting in the pool with a book to read and flail my appendages everywhere and normally the next day, I’m feeling sore.
While my treadmill is in the garage (no sunlight), it is nice to have that controlled environment so I can walk whenever.
Not quite feeling up to activity? (Been there/still there from time to time.) Open the blinds every once in a while, let the sun shine in. A small amount of light can change a lot.
Find some thing you love to do and focus.
Focus is a big issue for me. There are so many things that I enjoy doing, but I never seem to make the time – photo, video, writing, LEGO, doodling.
Photography has always been something I’ve enjoyed and I know that I want to strengthen my skills, so I need to put the time and energy into it without feeling like a “must do”. It’s something that I want to do.
We also started selling on eBay and that has really given me something to focus on because we are always having to list things and keep the store running. Plus it doesn’t hurt that it’s helping pay the bills.
I did not say that I was going to give up “x and y” foods this time around. Though I tend to not eat much dairy products (milk, cheese) because it upsets my insides, I do enjoy ice cream and cheese occasionally 🙂
Thankfully we started eating at home a lot more to save money, so that definitely helped with multiple things. However we do still eat fast food, but I know that my food choices are so much different now than they were a year ago, even six months ago.
Plus, I don’t always eat all the fries and most of the time, I realize when I am getting full.
Learn to love yourself.
And then I realized how sad it was that a book like this needed to be written because SO many of us are doing the same things to ourselves. What the f?!
I would love to pass one out to each one of you because I feel like this book really can help break down a wall (or two, or three.) Order it, get it from the library, borrow it from a friend. *This is not sponsored, I really believe that if you’re beating yourself up this book can help if you give it a shot.*
All of this to say, when the time comes you’ll know.
But the first step is getting out of your own head.
Hug yourself. Love yourself. Be yourself.