So we’re coming up to it being two months of us changing our lifestyle habits & eating healthy. I thought now might be a good time to share with you what I’ve learnt so far, things that have helped us, what we would recommend to those who are wanting to lose some weight for the summer, or just who can’t get into the right mindset just yet & need a little motivational boost. I hope this helps! 🌸
1. Have a goal.
For me, having something to work towards, really helps. It’s definitely just as important to focus on the journey as well as the end result, but we all need a goal. Mine has always been our holiday to Turkey in June, I wanted and still want 3 stone off by then, mainly just to feel healthier within myself & have more energy.
2. Monthly weigh ins are a god send!
Literally. I cannot believe I used to weigh myself multiple times a day when I had bathroom scales at home. We don’t own a pair of scales now, which is definitely a blessing. We weigh in monthly at Boots. Sometimes we’ll do a mid month weigh in just to see how we’re doing, but I never want to get back into the pattern of weighing myself all of the time. It’s not healthy and it’s demotivating as our bodies fluctuate daily whether it’s through water retention, our time of the month, etc. It’s really important to not be hell bent on the scales! Non scale victories all the way!
3. Self love is everything.
Love yourself at the beginning of your journey, just as much as you love yourself at the end! You deserve to live the life you have always dreamed of, so fight for the fairytale because it does exist! Put yourself at the top of your to do list every single day and do not stop until you’re proud. Appreciate every little victory because they all become part of your journey. Treat yourself. For me, it’s either minutes on the sunbed, getting my nails done, buying something nice for my holiday or even a new bath bomb! Nobody can do you, better than you can.
4. My 600 pound life is my saviour.
Tazmyn & I literally watch an episode of my 600 pound life on a daily basis. We absolutely are obsessed with Dr Nowzaradan and want him to be our doctor. We would smash the weight loss goals he gave us and make him so proud. But seriously, it’s hands down the most motivational TV show I have ever watched and I think everybody should watch it. I think it should be shown in schools up and down the country, they should play an episode in the waiting room when you’re at the doctors, they should have it shown on a 300 inch plasma in gymnasiums all across the United Kingdom. It’s my favourite thing to watch and I wish I’d discovered it years ago, the end.
5. Doing this with somebody, HELPS.
So I’ve lost weight before, 7 and a half stone to be exact. But I did it on a crash diet of meal replacement shakes, I had zero social life, my hair fell out, I got gallstones and had to have my gallbladder removed, and I was miserable. This time I am eating sensibly with the absolute love of my existence, living our BEST lives and doing it together! There’s no better feeling and there’s no better motivation than your future with the person you love most in the world. It’s all for us. It will always be all for us,
6. Coffee shops are a saving grace.
This may not be the case for everyone, but sweetie in Italian, I could live in a coffee shop. We find them so helpful, go have a coffee, sit and chat, meal plan, listen to some music, and bobs your uncle. I don’t know where I’d be without my daily cortado fix. (Costa vouchers for my birthday please mum!) 🤣🤦🏻♀️
7. MOVE MORE.
So every morning after breakfast, we do 20-30 minutes of cardio. It’s become our morning routine now and it’s something we would neverrrrrrr have done prior to a couple of months ago. If you have Spotify, there’s hundreds of cardio playlists you can listen to, or just your favourite music that helps you work out. It sets you up for the day and you feel so good afterwards! We also go swimming every week too which we love.
8. Cravings don’t last.
My darling Tazmyn came up with this one & it’s so true, they don’t! You’re gonna want that dominos pizza, especially on Tuesdays when it’s buy one get one free, but you’ll go to bed that night super proud that you didn’t click that order button. Temptation is nothing that the mind can’t control.
9. Always carry a healthy snack.
Okay so I’m more of a savoury kinda girl where as Tazmyn is a sucker for anything sweet. She always craves chocolate and I always crave something salty, so I tend to always have individual packets of popcorn in the house or on me when I go anywhere & Tazmyn really likes the chocolate slimfast bars that you can buy in Boots or Superdrug. It’s just handy to have something sensible on you, for those times you are struggling.
10. Preparation is key.
Such a good one. Meal planning for us has been vital in helping us stay on track. Prepare what you’re going to have for dinner and lunch and breakfast so that you’re never in a situation where you don’t know what to do and end up having something really bad.
I spend hours on Pinterest, just scrolling for motivational quotes. You’d be surprised at how helpful this is! The app is brilliant.
12. H20 💦
Oh my goshhhh. I genuinely think the amount of water we drink is KEY in aiding us to lose weight. We aim to drink 3-4 litres of water a day. We quite literally clear Tesco out of strawberry flavoured water.
13. Calorie counting is the best.
When my doctor told me that good old fashioned calorie counting is the most effective method of weight loss, I rolled my eyes and thought here we go again.. I just didn’t think it would work. How wrong was I?! I aim to not go over 1,000 calories a day. Tazmyn aims to not go above 1,200, for the reason being she’s more a snack person than I am so she’ll have things like a babybel, popcorn, a banana, rice cakes etc if she’s hungry, where as I’d probably rather a bigger dinner. Calorie counting DOES work. I’ve lost 26 pounds in two months, that’s almost 2 stone! I wish somebody had shaken me years ago and told me to save my money on crash diets and just do it this way instead. Food is everything and we have enjoyed trying new recipes and cooking together. Life is meant to be lived.
Lots of love,
Sinéad & Tazmyn x