The secret to weight loss is...there is no secret. Calories in vs. calories out is the only way to go. You can either workout a ton to eat more calories, or work out a little, and take in less calories.
You want to have a cheat day? You have to plan your entire week around it, that's all there is to it!
To lose a pound, you have to create a 3,500 calorie deficit. That puts it into perspective!
I've been gaining and losing my last 10-15 for almost a year now!! 10 lbs. may not seem like much. But it is the difference between squeezing into your pants, or wearing them comfortably
What's different between me and most people, is that I don't give up if I have a bad day. If I eat horrible one day, I am stringent for a week to make up for the calories. I never work out and sacrifice calories because I enjoy it, I do it because that is what it takes to lose, and maintain weight. I'd much rather eat whatever I want, vs. eating chicken breast and vegetables every day. Who wouldn't?
Seriously, I often wake up in a sweat from dreams about swimming in mashed potatoes and macaroni and cheese!!
I do no like working out.
I do like to challenge myself. And own the over 90lbs I have lost, but there has never been a time that I can say I look forward to a work out. And I never say "wow, another day of chicken and vegetables, yesss!!"
I spend my lunch break running, then run more miles at the gym, sometimes 4 times a week, and then take a weight training or kickboxing class on top of it all in a day. I don't like it...It kills me. I'm exhausted!! It's hard. I hate it!
People have the perception that because I do it, I must like it. Even my super crazy kickboxing instructor/fitness nazi tells us "it never gets easier, and you probably will never enjoy it". And that is how she makes a living.
That's me, in the striped shirt, in line for cake at a work function....circa many years ago.
And that's me 35lbs after the striped shirt, and after another 60 lbs in the sparkly top.
The only thing I do like about weight loss, is buying clothes in the single digits. Shopping in regular stores vs. plus sized ones. The trade off for the enjoyment of clothes shopping, is sacrificing with diet and exercise. It all boils down to priorities.
Working out at 250 lbs didn't feel great, and it isn't fabulous at 160 either. I am always sore, almost always tired, and at the very least once a week I ask myself how I can still go on this way, forrever!!
I am a food addict, and I can post a few weeks worth of blog posts about the struggles I have and have had with food. Granted, it gets a smidge easier the longer you go without your drug (sugar, carbs for me) the easier to resist them it gets.
But, just like alcoholism, it never just "goes away". You are never cured. You have to learn to cope with it.
Unlike alcoholism, you don't have to consume alcohol to live...but we do have to eat.