Hey guys! Coming to you from Lake Como, Italy! This place… is… beautiful!!! I wish you were all here with me! I can’t wait to catch you all up on what we have been up to!
While I’m off enjoying myself in Europe, my super stylish friend is here to entertain you! My former supervisor at Circuit City (oh so sad) is a brilliant, hilarious lady! I wish I had her style. But since I don’t, I brought her to you! Also, check out her Instagram page for great outfit ideas!
When Rachel asked if I was interested in writing a guest post while she was on vacation I was ecstatic! Her blog is so fun and she truly is an inspiration when it comes to living a healthy lifestyle and having fun!
I have been blogging for 4 years over at thetruereligionproject.blogspot.com. It’s been quite the journey as it originally started off as something that would keep me accountable to my weight loss goals. Since then I have lost and gained and lost again probably 100 pounds – talk about a yo-yo! The blog has also morphed into more than just a dairy of my eating and exercise plans – it has also become a sad chronicle of my horrifically entertaining dating life and also my obsession passion for fashion. Although, please don’t expect to find deals and steals on my site… I will leave the bargain hunting to Rachel!
Since I have tried about every diet imaginable and every fitness trend and gimmick I consider myself somewhat of an expert. So here are some things I have learned along the way…
Nothing Works Better than Blood, Sweat and Tears
If losing weight was easy we would all be a size 2, right? I have tried every diet plan or scheme out there and when it comes down to it, the times when I was most successful and kept the weight off was when I just ate healthy, didn’t deprive myself of my favorite things and I burned more calories than I took in. I know, you were hoping I was going to bestow upon you magical pill or little gold nugget of wisdom, right? Sorry! It’s hard work but you just have to stick to it and be patient.
You Gotta Wanna
Because losing weight is not easy you have to want to make a change in your life and commit to it. The mindset of wishing to be 10 pounds thinner or wishing you could run a 5K doesn’t work. I’ve always wished that I was a size 4 but it wasn’t until about 4 years ago that a spark inside of me ignited and I realized that my fairy godmother must be on a permanent vacation because I was the only one who was going to make this weight disappear. Stop with the excuses, stop with wishing and stop with the I’ll start tomorrow. You want it? Go get it!
Vanity, it’s Not Such A Bad Thing
Sounds kind of crazy right? Follow me on this one… I know what it feels like when your favorite pants won’t button or your face is starting to resemble a perfectly shaped pumpkin. You want to go to the gym but don’t want anyone to see you in your over sized t-shirt hiding the bulge. My suggestion… go shopping and get pampered! When you look good, you are going to feel good which translates into being more motivated. Go out and buy some cute workout clothes (although don’t spend a lot since you are gonna need to go back for a smaller size soon!), get a spray tan because tan fat looks way better than stark white fat! And then buy some new lip gloss or mascara – put a little effort into your appearance. I swear, your psyche will change and so will your attitude!
Change It Up
If you are going from the couch to the gym sometimes it can be hard to get started. And if exercise or sports have never really been your thing then you might not know what you like? Try out the different classes at the gym, change it up between the elliptical, treadmill and stepper, take a walk outside, rent a paddle board or sign up for a charity walk. Once you find your groove, the thing that you look forward to or the exercise that really makes you feel like you worked hard and burned some calories, it won’t always feel like work!
Find Your Support
No matter how much determination you have you are going to have a bad day or even a bad week. It’s important that you surround yourself by a strong support network and positive people. I love my friends but I felt like as soon as I announced that I wanted to “get back on track” they ask me to go to lunch or happy hour, and I am like, really?! I finally had to have a talk for them to understand what I was going through and that not all of us have a metabolism of a 13-year-old boy!
Now those said friends are great! They are supportive and always up for a walk or a run. It’s also super important to have a gym buddy – someone that will hold you accountable to going and someone to celebrate your success. Accountability is why I initially started my blog – if I announce to the blog world that I am going to lose weight, try a new spin class or train for a triathlon then I have to do it! I have to report in and say how it went… and if it didn’t, well I would have to own up to that too. You may not all be into publicly announcing your fitness or weight loss goals – you have to do whatever works for you – find your peeps! Call your mom! Heck, you can call my mom… she is great for moral support for getting back in shape!
There are so many other things I could share here but those are some of key things I have learned in my quest to wear the ultimate skinny jeans. If you want to know more head on over the TRP and check it out!