Take your time. Be patient.

Losing weight is hard. PERIOD. But having to do it while managing all the other day-to-day tasks makes it that much more of a challenge. How do you go to work, prepare healthy home-cooked meals, entertain your family, AND exercise before bedtime — only to wake up and do it all over again the next day?! Just thinking about it exhausts me! But before you get into a defeatist mentality, let me tell you that doing all of the above is possible. How?…The answer is: Make healthful changes gradually.

I have been working with Lorie for about 5 weeks now, and I’ve experienced a vast improvement in my diet because I’ve taken her advice and suggestions, and have applied them into my daily routine. For example, I’ve learned to eat more veggies and less starchy carbs.

I’ve always been a lover of bread and probably always will, and though I have no intention of ever entirely cutting bread out of my diet, I know that continuing to eat them in large portions will not help me achieve my weight loss goals. So I decided that I needed to make some changes.

Eating less bread was a gradual process that began with replacing bad starches with good ones. Lorie started me out on Ezekiel bread which has a good balance of carbs and proteins, and fewer calories when compared to the popular sliced breads you find in most grocery stores. I tried Ezekiel toast for breakfast with a 1/2 tablespoon of peanut butter or 2 slices at lunch for a sandwich. So even though I continue to eat bread, this is an improvement from baseline, because I eat good starches over bad ones.

Eating more veggies was also a gradual process. I realized that my dinners lacked vegetables, so Lorie suggested I try roasting vegetables. Cooking??? What a concept. Let me tell you, roasting veggies is one of the easiest and most healthful things you can do to improve your diet. I started with bell peppers, onions, mushrooms, and zucchini and was surprised by how easy it was to prepare them. Just chop, spray, sprinkle, and bake. Chop the veggies, spray them with cooking oil, sprinkle with some spices, and then bake for 10-15 minutes depending on the type of vegetable. Lorie suggested I try cooking spray like Pam instead of oil and to use salt-free spices like Mrs. Dash’s Lemon Pepper seasoning to jazz ‘em up. Roasted veggies taste delicious, are nutritious, and are super low in calories so you can eat a lot of them. Woohoo more food!

Every week, I’ve experimented with a new vegetable, and making small changes gradually has brought on significant change. Within 5 weeks, I’ve lost 8 lbs., and I feel so much better about myself. When you apply Lorie’s recommendations gradually, and allow the healthful habits to become a part of your normal routine, then you will definitely experience change. Just be patient, but also be honest with what you are doing. Losing weight and developing healthful habits take time.

Moreover, you have to remind yourself of the “why”.
Why you are trying to lose weight and/or improve your health? People set health goals for a variety of reasons, and most people begin their journey when they are highly motivated. While most people do well in the beginning, a moment of weakness can make them revert back to old ways. So when the going gets tough, remind yourself why you started your journey towards better health and TAKE YOUR TIME.

Foster your can do attitude!

until next time <3 elaine