Tuesday, September 2, 2014

1 year apart

I was looking at some photos of where I was a year ago from my instagram.  I am so glad that I decided to document my entire weight loss through instagram because now I have this photo journal of how I have done this past year in my weight loss.  The photo on the left was from 52 weeks ago according to my instagram.  I remember that day feeling pretty amazing in my size 16 jeans and I think I had lost about 50 lbs.  I was running quite a bit getting ready for my first half marathon and feeling pretty accomplished.  I also remember that we went to a neighborhood dinner and someone complimented me telling me I looked so much smaller! It made my day and made me want to keep trying harder.  Who knew even a year later, I would still be working towards my goals and actually committed to my weight loss goals.  I definitely was just treating my new way of life as a lifestyle like I talked about in my previous post.

I love now that even when I mess up and even when I skip a workout, I don't just give up and throw in the towel.  I actually tell myself to work harder and this little slip up is a going to happen and I have to live my life.  I am just more aware and cautious of what I eat and how much I exercise.  I am grateful my mind has transformed with my body because that is where the real change is.     

Monday, September 1, 2014

Committing to a Healthy Lifestyle

How many times do we say to ourselves "I'll start Monday" or "Next week when I don't have as much going on, I will start eating healthy"? Then that designated day comes and all we can to do is avoid the very thing we challenged ourselves to do.  I know there are some out there who are really good for a few hours or even a few days and we basically give up and think that it's too hard and we start to tell ourselves that you are happy this way and that it's okay to eat whatever you want.  

I was extremely guilty of this until recently.  For years, I would challenge myself to a weekly goal of eating as healthy as possible without giving into any temptation of food whatsoever.  So much so that by day 8, I was dying for something, anything that would make me feel normal again.  Like every time before, I would hit up a drive-thru and eat my sorrows and think that I was never going to be successful so I might as well just stop trying.  

This thought process is flawed beyond belief.  I think my first problem was setting a day.  Why not right now! Why wait until the new week to start.  You might as well get to your goals faster by starting now. I was also wrong in cutting it all cold turkey.  How can someone go from eating fast food 3-5 times a week, never exercising consistently to eating only salad and spending 2 hours a day at the gym.  Of course I am going to want to quit.  I don't even do that now and I have lost over 100 lbs! The last thing that I would do wrong was give up, eat my feelings and tell myself that I could never commit to my goal and that it was too hard.  In that moment, I am so overwhelmed that it feels good to tell myself that it's just too hard so there is no point in even trying.  

Now that I have seen success, my view on this trap has been enlightened and this is how I tell people to approach this very situation now.  First, start your lifestyle change now. It's not a diet and never will be if you are planning to lose weight and keep it off.  Yeah it might stink that you can't have your last big treat before you start your healthy lifestyle, but guess what! You can still have those cheats while living healthy! It won't be your last time, I promise.  Secondly, approach the situation with what you can handle. Don't set yourself up for failure.  Instead of spending hours at the gym or only eating salads, research what exercises and foods you like.  For me, I used to walk a ton in the beginning. Someone who is 50-100+ lbs overweight is not going to be running right off.  You need to steady yourself into exercise and do something that is challenging but not painful.  Also, there are millions of healthy food options that not only taste good, but aren't just salad! Pinterest is full of great ideas.  Check out my healthy eats board for some of my favorite ideas. I also just released a 20 healthy recipes and ideas e-book that shows you foods I cooked to lose weight! There are so many options out there!

And lastly, there are going to be moments where you are going to want to give in and quit, believe me! I have been doing this for 18 months and have wanted to throw in the towel a thousand times! However, my goals and desires for long term results were stronger than what I was wanting in the moment and you have to remember what you REALLY want when that piece of cake is staring you in the face.  Maybe you do give in and eat the cake.  Then you feel guilty and think that it's not worth it so might as well eat the whole cake! False! Take a deep breath, realize what you did wrong and move on! There is no point in stewing and relishing on an unplanned cheat.  Just means you need to work harder and stop beating yourself up. 

Anyone can lose weight! It's just emotionally preparing yourself to get up and go exercise or prepare that healthy meal for yourself.  We make weight loss more complicated than it needs to be and I hope that I can help those out there really searching for some direction on how to take control and reach their goals. 

Saturday, August 30, 2014

Livy Loves to Eat recipe and idea book!

I am so excited that my new recipe book is live!! This has been a labor of love.  Being able to help others know what to eat and how to lose weight has been something that I have taken very seriously! This book includes 20 ideas for anyone wanting to start eating healthy! The best part is no recipe has more than 6 ingredients or more than 500 calories! They are all easy to make and taste very delicious!
To download this book, click here!

Friday, August 29, 2014

Weight loss update

I haven't done a weight loss update in forever!! I wasn't losing any weight for a really long time so I just kind of decided to stop updating since I knew that I was still changing but in other ways.  Well I am back to explain how my last few months have gone. Overall, I have been doing great! 

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Current Running Playlist

I love knowing what others listen to while working out, so here is what I am currently listening too.  I recently discovered that hip hop sure gets my heart rate going and makes me want to run, so I am just running with it (pun intended).  I am not ashamed to say that I am a huge fan of Ariana Grande's new song, but I am thinking it may have to do with Iggy Azalea.  That girl is something! 

Also, I am hosting a Polar Giveaway! There are 2 winners this time and each person will win a Polar ft60 watch!! These watches sell at over $100 each.  Make sure to follow my instagram to enter. 

Incase you aren't familiar with this watch, it's something I use daily and refuse to workout without! It's a heart rate monitor that you wear below your chest to pick up your heart rate.  Doesn't even hurt or bother me when I workout.  Then you wear the watch and it shows you how many calories you are burning! It's seriously made my workouts so much more interesting and effective!

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Facebook Giveaway

Want to join more Livy Love fun? Go like my Facebook page to enter yourself to win a $25 gift card to Target! Giveaway ends 8/27 at 9pm! 

Monday, August 25, 2014

Effectively Losing Weight While Counting Calories

I know not everyone is a calorie counter.  I can see the benefits of not doing so, but I know without a doubt that had I not counted my calories, I would not have lost 100 lbs.  I might have lost 50 lbs, but for me knowing what goes into my body and how much I need to burn makes complete sense.  It helps me be more aware and realize that the piece of cake isn't worth the 450 calories that I don't have for the day.