Hi everyone! It's your girl Jenn and today I am finally posting the how I lost weight post. If I'm gonna be completely honest, I kinda put this post off because I know diet and nutrition can be a very controversial topic online. First off, I'm not a dietician, I'm not a nutritionist, I just literally used these tips that I'm about to share with you and I lost weight. I can't guarantee that it's gonna work for you because everyone's body is unique and some bodies just react differently.
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All I know is that these tips have helped me lose weight and that's all I can claim. So now that's out of the way, let me just give you some stats about my bod. Last year in 2018, I was the heaviest I ever was, I was 120 pounds and for my frame, that really showed.
And now today in 2018, I am a 100 to a 105 pounds. This took a full year to lose the weight so please do not expect this to happen overnight. It is a gradual process. The only advice I can give you is to start today. Start on your next meal and don't look back. So I'm gonna rundown the 10 tips that have contributed to my weight loss. A lot of it is common sense but sometimes you just need a little refresher. My first tip is to find healthy foods that you actually love eating. It's not realistic to have a salad for every single meal for the rest of your life. It's just unattainable. Go out there and go on a food tour, find the healthy foods that you just freakin' love eating and create a list. So throughout the years, I've learned that I love broccoli, green beans, mushrooms, tofu, I can eat so much of that and never get sick of it. Don't force yourself to eat that dry kale salad if you don't like dry kale. And I don't go out of my way to eat healthy foods that I don't like. For example, I don't like cucumbers, I don't like tomatoes, and I don't force myself to eat it just because it's healthy. I just avoid them and eat other healthy foods and it's really worked out well for me so go out there, create a list, and stick to it.
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The second tip is very important, it is to have no distractions while you're eating. I know it's like second nature at this point to get your hot pile of food, turn on the TV or laptop and just tune out and eat. Your brain takes around 20 minutes to realize that it's full and when you're not paying attention to your body, you don't know when that time comes. And I've noticed that whenever I read something and I'm eating, I tend to eat even more and even faster and a lot of the times, I'm finished with my food but the show's still going so I'll go back and get seconds just so I can like, let the good times roll. But if you wanna lose weight, it's easier to know what your body is saying to you when everything is off. I always try and stop eating right when I get to the sweet spot and that is the spot where I'm not hungry anymore but I'm not like, completely full. It's that really nice in between and I feel like the Japanese have a word for it but I don't know, that's where I try and stop eating and that's really helped me maintain my figure and it's tricky, believe me. It's really hard to get that spot because it's so tempting to just eat until your stomach's like, Oh god, No! Like, that's where I used to love being. It's been easier to maintain my weight because I'm not overindulging and overeating. This next tip is something that I've using since college and it's to have smaller plates and bowls. So if you look in our shelves you'll notice that we have two sizes, we've got a normal big one for Ben, and we've got a smaller one for me. We've nicknamed it the baby plate because it's just little. And yeah, when I have a bigger plate I tend to want to over-portion myself. I wanna cram and fill the plate so with the smaller plate, I can still cram all the food in but it's actually the perfect portion for me. Tip number four is to get a water bottle. I feel like drinking water is one of the most common diet tips but it's so true.
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When you are hydrated, you're not really that hungry and for me, I love having my sippy cup because this makes me drink so much water throughout the day. And it's the CamelBak specifically, I love the like, the bite valve and I love how you have to like suck the water in. I go through maybe three or four bottles of this a day and so I make sure that I'm very hydrated. Whenever you have a craving, chances are you're just dehydrated or you're bored and so whenever when I have like, a hankering for some chips or like any sort of snack or something, I will chug half a bottle of this and I'll wait 15 minutes and if I'm still hungry then I'll go have a snack but most of the time, after I drink it, I'm completely fine and I can wait 'til my next meal. I also should mention that I don't drink any juices, I don't drink any soda or like milk. I only stick to water, unsweetened tea, black coffee and like, soda water, that's pretty much it. My favorite is La Croix, it is so delicious, it has zero calories and it just gives you that carbonated kick if you are missing it. My fifth tip is to never skip any meals especially breakfast. I feel like I have kind of programmed my body to just wake up hungry so I always, always have breakfast. There's a reason why it's called the most important meal of the day. It's because it kicks off your metabolism. And I've noticed that when I skip my breakfast, by the next meal, I am so hungry I end up making really stupid food decisions so I'll just end up overeating or I'll order something like, really gnarly like nachos or something. It's easier to make mindful food choices when your body is not starving. Personally, I only eat three meals a day. I know some people like to have four to five smaller meals a day but for me, it's just too much effort to think of that many meals to eat so I like to keep it simple, breakfast, lunch, and dinner. For my breakfast, that's when I have most of my carbs, I'll have beans on toast or like an egg wrap.
For lunch, I can treat myself of a sandwich, a burger, whatever, But for dinner, that's when I'm kind of the most strict. When I was at like, my most motivated to lose weight, for dinner I would never have any refined carbohydrates so I wouldn't have any pasta, I wouldn't have big fried rice dishes, I would probably stick to veggies, and a protein and that's it for dinner. And then for breakfast, I'll have my carbs. This next tip is something that I really struggled with when I first moved back to LA in 2018. I was eating out at restaurants all the time and I was ordering Postmates all the time. When you go to restaurants, even if you order the healthy dish, you don't actually know what the restaurants put into it. Sure, there's a list of ingredients but you don't know how much butter they put, you don't know how much oil they put or msg, the restaurant's objective is to make the food taste as good as possible and keep you coming back and it's a business so it makes sense so that's why it's just easier to just cook your own meal. You know exactly what you put in it and I know it's like easy to say like, oh, I'm not a good cook, I can't cook but you just need to cook three recipes. Learn how to make three healthy recipes and then you can build from there. It's impossible to just completely avoid restaurants for the rest of your life, it's not gonna happen so when I do eat out, I like to have a balance. So I have this rule called The 2 Rule. So I either pick an appetizer, an entree or an entree and dessert. I'll never get all three, or if I do get all three, it's like a special occasion but yeah, you don't need all three, you don't need an appetizer, entree, and dessert that's just a full package. You just need two. Tip number seven is to reduce your alcohol intake. When I was at my heaviest, I was probably drinking may two or three times a week and it definitely showed.
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There's a lot of empty calories in alcohol and the problem with me was I would always have drunchies. When I would come home drunk, I would just open up my cupboard, make a snack, throw it in the microwave and I would just eat all of it to soak up the alcohol and then go to sleep. But I mean I don't even know if that's scientifically proven but basically, I would eat all that shit and I would wake up the next morning, hungover and I would always order a burrito. Yeah, it was like a vicious cycle. Obviously, I still drink. I like to go out and have a good time but I only drink once a week now. If I'm gonna drink more than once a week, then I'll only have one drink, that's it. And every time I go out, I only have a vodka soda with fresh lime, that is my favorite drink of choice. But then I call it the Skinny Minnie because it only has the calories of the vodka and I think a shot of vodka is what, like a hundred calories, and that's it! This next tip is about snacking. I don't keep any snacks that tempt me in my house because I'm the type of person where if I have Hot Cheeto Fries or just any form of Hot Cheetos, I have to eat the bag. It's kinda like, calling my name as I'm just in the house. So I just like to cut the temptation and not have any of it in my house. If I really, really want them, then I'll have to get off my ass and go by them. But if they're not in the house, then I'm not thinking about it. So I know I've been blabbing a lot about food and diet so I'm gonna talk about the next obvious thing which is exercise. I like to exercise around three to five times a week and when I was training super hard, I was going five times a week and that in combination with all the tips that I said made me really shredded.
For the first two months, a lot of that weight came off because of those. I know the ratio is something like 80% diet and 20% fitness but when you put the exercise in, that 20% goes a long way and when you are just combining both those forces, a lot of it just melts off. So it's really important to find a form of exercise that you hate the least. So whether it is kickboxing, palates, swimming, running, whatever, for me, it is to train alone. I love going to the gym by myself, it's become my own little sanctuary. Each of my workouts are around 50 minutes long. I am obsessed with this app called Seconds. I have talked about it in a previous post. It's basically like my little personal trainer. So I like to start off with 20 minutes of cardio. I'll use my high-intensity interval training workout so I'll be on the StairMaster for five minutes just walking normally, and then I'll run on the StairMaster for 30 seconds, and then I'll walk again for a minute and 30 seconds, and then I'll run again for 30 seconds. And I'll do this six times and then I'll cool off with five minutes of walking on the StairMaster. And by the end of this, I am literally drenched in sweat and now I'm ready for my strength training. For my 30 minutes of strength training I won't get too into it but I basically have created a bunch of playlists that work different parts of my body out. So I have three full body workouts, I have one for the waist, one for the abs and arms, it all depends. I feel like I'm just gonna do a separate post on that workout because if I incorporate that into this post, I feel like it'd be way too long.
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So be prepared for my workout post in the future. These days, I only workout three times a week. It's because I'm not trying to lose any weight, I'm only trying to maintain the body I have right now. I'm really happy with my weight and I'm not trying to change anything. I've noticed that since I've been doing the strength training and the weights, it's been easier to just keep my body the way it is. My last tip is to find motivation that really resonates with you. Back in the day, I feel like a lot of my weight loss inspiration was quite superficial. It was just about like, I wanna be skinny for my birthday or I wanna be skinny for Coachella. Once I've found a deeper reason of why I wanted to be fit, it just propelled me to stay in shape. The reason why I exercise and I tried my best to stay in shape is for my mental health. I've noticed that back in the day, when I wasn't working out consistently, I had a lot more breakdowns, I had a lot of meltdowns and I was just very sensitive to stress. Now that I workout three to five times a week, I don't really have that issue that much anymore. I'm not perfect but I am so much better than how I was last year. Some days, I just wake up and I am just bummed but before, I would just kind of be bummed and just let it be like a sad day. Now, if I'm feeling sad or if I'm feeling anxious or stressed, I hit the gym because 95% of the time, I come back after a workout and I feel better. Ben is the most important person in my life and he lives with me and I hated being the Debbie Downer.
Ben is generally a super positive person and having a bad attitude is just so contagious and I hated bringing him down and so I knew that this is something that I really needed to work on and exercise has helped me so much. So find a reason that really sticks with you whether it's because you wanna be stronger, you want to be able to lift something, whether you wanna run a marathon, or you wanna have inner with yourself, once you find a deeper goal, it's easier to stick with it. Alright guys, those are my top 10 tips on how I lost weight. Honestly, the first month is the hardest, I swear, but once you pass that hurdle, it's all downhill from there. And then once you start seeing physical changes in your body, and once like pants start to feel loose, then it becomes even easier. If you'd like to leave any diet tips in comments down below or words of encouragement, I'd love to hear them. I just want this to be like a positive place for people to talk about fitness and nutrition. If there's something that you don't agree with me, it would be awesome if you just said it in a constructive way as opposed to a way of just attacking me. My point is not to shame people into losing weight. It's just for the people that need that extra kick to wanna live a healthier lifestyle. So I hope you guys enjoy the rest of your day. Thank you so much for reading and I'll see you guys in the next one. Bye! (smooth jazz music).