Mom to two kids, married and living in Utah. Diana grew up in Southern California and has lived in Utah for 9 years. She is a graphic designer and runs a shop online called Livy Love Designs. She has lost close to 100 lbs in under a year and is getting closer and closer to her ultimate goals. Diana documents her journey on her blog and instagram (@livylovestorun) Twitter Facebook
I wanted to share 3 tips that I have for Women who are trying to lose weight this year.
1. START SMALL
This is my number one tip! You do not need to be cutting out EVERYTHING bad in your diet at first. I feel like if you do, you will only set yourself up for failure. If you are a diet coke drinker and drink at least 5-6 cans a day, but want to change your habits this is what I recommend. Try and limit it, to 1-2 a day. Gradually over time, if you stick with it, your body will get used to the change, but if you take it all away at once, you will be more likely to give up. In the beginning of my journey, I ate really well, every day of the week except Saturdays. I worked out Saturday morning, weighed in for the week, then had my cheat day.
I let myself still eat those tasty things that I loved! Over time, it got easier to control my cravings for my cheat day. Now that I have done for a lot longer, I only give myself 2-3 cheat days a month. I don’t need it anymore like I used to! I started small in the beginning and now have weaned myself off high calorie food.
2. Count your Calories
I know that some people don’t really like this, but if you are just beginning and need some guidance this is free and easy and will help you. I still count my calories every single day, even when I cheat. I am far less likely to cheat OVERBOARD if I still count those calories. I eat 1300 a day which you may think isn’t that much, but I am still trying to lose weight and all those calories are pretty healthy so I eat quite a bit. I use My Fitness Pal app on my phone which is free. It will ask you how much you want to lose and by when and will help you calculate how much you should be eating a day. This tool really has been a huge reason why I have been so successful.
3. Set Goals
Once I started setting goals for myself, that is when I really changed my thinking and weight started coming off. In February of last year, I could maybe run for 1 minute straight. That’s a huge maybe. I knew that I wanted to be a runner, but walking was a good workout for me but over time I just built up my endurance.
In June, I signed up for a 5k and was terrified! I could walk 4-5 miles a day no problem, but running 3.1 miles was so scary to me. My 5k was in August and once I signed up I trained for it. I ran the entire 5k in 38 minutes which was way below my goal. The night after my 5k, I signed up for a half marathon in October. I just kept setting goals for myself. The next day, I started to train and it was the best thing I ever did for myself during this journey.
My endurance grew leaps and bounds. Just 6 months before that, I could barely run for 1 minute and then I was now running 10 miles on Saturday mornings. It just showed me that my brain was telling me that I couldn’t do it, but my body was. I definitely had to change my thinking and believe in myself. I want people to know that YOU CAN DO IT! It will not happen over night or in a month, but over time you will see your body change.
Now I have lost 92 lbs, I have lost over 40 inches combined on my waist and hips (I have started to lose count) and went from a size 20 to a size 10. I am so honest and open about my journey because I have fallen in love with taking care of my body and I want others to feel the same.
I had so many excuses: two kids under 3, a husband gone at work all day, a busy shop owner, and just basically tired at the end of the day. However, I wanted this for myself more than I could possibly express and I made it happen. I just want to encourage other women to know that if you want this, you can and will attain it if you change your life around. You do not need pills, wraps, fad diets, nothing that’s not long lasting. Just hard work and dedication.
When I first started, mentally I was afraid and scared to start this because I didn’t know if I was ready to make these life long changes. Food was such a comfort to me that I didn’t really want to give it up. I knew that if I didn’t, I would just be more unhappier. It was a really hard transition, but I have made it though and feel like now I can accomplish all my goals. For the first 6 months, I was not sure I could really do this and still doubting myself because I still craved my old ways, but kept going because I believed that it could only get better. The more I changed my body, the more I changed my mind.
I’ve included photos of some meals that I eat. They are very basic items that anyone can eat. I am a very picky eater but have found things that I like and have stuck with them. I think one of the best things that has happened during this journey is seeing my kids fight over the carrots and broccoli. I almost have to laugh because it’s great seeing my kids enjoy healthy and nutritious foods.