A Little More Each Day

One working mama learning to run & to maintain my 100+ pound weight loss!

Weight Loss Wednesday: Resources for Getting Started

on May 6, 2015
First and most excitingly, the cast is off!!! Thanks for all of your good vibes.

Last night we started doing exercises before bed to get his strength back. He's very into his little workout. :)

Last night we started doing exercises before bed to get his strength back. He’s very into his little workout. 🙂

About once a month I get approached by someone who wants to make changes in their diet or exercise routine but is understandably overwhelmed about where to start. There’s a lot of information out there! I thought it would be a good idea to have a post that encapsulates the advice I usually give and resources for getting started. I’ll also pin this as a page over on the right border so it is always easy to find and update.

Caveat: I am not a dietitian or nutritionist or trainer or sports medicine doctor – this is just advice I’ve found helpful and some sources for more information. Always check out any changes in your health and habits with your medical providers!

– First and foremost, there is no one perfect plan for everyone. What works for me in terms of what I like to eat or what I can / can’t eat or what I like to do for exercise may not work for you. A big part of this process is finding what works for you, which may take some soul searching and some trial and error.  The important thing is finding something that you can maintain every day for the rest of your life. If what you’re looking for is a real change toward a healthier lifestyle, which I hope is true, then try to keep that in mind as you make tweaks. Find what works for YOU for the rest of your life.

– In choosing an approach, be an informed consumer. This applies whether you’re paying money for something like Weight Watchers (see why I chose WW here and why I switched here) or just paying attention to the latest fad on Facebook. Do your research and know that research means more than the University of Google or just listening to someone who is really emphatic and persuasive. Check out people with real training and real credentials. A lot of research is publicly available so you can see the real science (or lack thereof). It’s okay to take some time to study and choose the right thing for you before you plunge in. Talk to your doctors and other experts to figure out exactly what is right for you, because it likely won’t be the same that works for others. We’re all unique.

Here’s a round up of posts that might help if you’re looking for somewhere to start:

Getting Started with weight loss

– Meal planning here and here

Recipes

– Handling weigh ins here and here

– Running: Getting started and Getting started as a fluffy runner

– Walking and other exercise here and here and here

– External sites I love: SparkPeople Skinnytaste WYCWYC

What advice do you give people when they’re looking for help in losing weight or making other healthy lifestyle changes? Share your tips for everyone!

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6 responses to “Weight Loss Wednesday: Resources for Getting Started

  1. I’ve never had to diet, which I’m grateful for, but when people ask me for advice, I always mention Weight Watchers. Their plan seems the most realistic, as it teaches people how to eat properly. Everything else, like Shakeology, is a good kick starter but isn’t sustainable for the long term. That’s what I see…

    • I definitely felt like Weight Watchers did a good job teaching me how to eat properly in terms of keeping healthy things and treat things in balance, which I definitely wasn’t doing before. 🙂

  2. I’m a Beachbody coach and loooove shakeology (it is great for skin and I do believe it’s sustainable long term since it’s an addition to a good diet, not a subtraction). Other than that, I believe HIIT is the BEST thing you can do to jump start your weight loss!

    • Some of the research on HIIT workouts is really interesting and it’s a definitely a great way to get people moving. I think sometimes we undervalue the little things we can do that pay off.

  3. So glad little man is out of his cast! I may need to seriously re-read all of these because it feels like I’m starting over again. Ugh and blergh.

    • Thanks. 🙂 It’s an interesting period of adjustment while he relearns how to walk. This was a good time for me to think of these things too, to remind myself that I know what to do. It’s tempting to fall off track now that I’m done with my half marathon training for a while and it just takes too long to regain ground nowadays. It’s like my post weight loss body wants to make me work three times as hard this time around. Grrr.

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