Mama OWL Blog: Hints & Tips for Weight Loss Results

Hints & Tips for Weight Loss Results

Tuesday, 19 May 2015


It's been four and a half months since I started taking better care of myself. I don't want to say "started my diet" because it isn't a diet, it's a lifestyle change. It isn't about losing weight, it's about improving my health and fitness and with that, I have lost weight as well as inches. I have worked really, really hard to change my habits & make better choices for myself and because of the work that I have put in, and heeding the advice & support from my PTs at Project 6 Pack & all the ladies who are in the classes with me, I have achieved some amazing results which motivates me to keep going.

Changing your lifestyle is a big step and it can be hard going to retrain your mind and body as you learn to make better choices. I have had particular struggles with sugar cravings, cutting out fizzy drinks, and learning to snack sensibly. I don't have all the answers and this is not a definitive list, but these are the things that have made this change easier for me and perhaps they will help you, too. If you have your own tips and tricks, I would love for you to share them with me in a comment at the end of this post.

SPARKLING WATER

I had a big addiction to fizzy drinks and could easily drink 2l of diet coke or pepsi in a day. Now, I don't drink any save for one during a meal out, but even that is very rare, I usually just order sparkling water now. I found that having cold sparkling water on hand in the fridge kept the craving at bay, as it was often the 'fizz' that I wanted rather than the drink itself. I don't crave them any more, and I don't miss them either.

KEEPING WATER IN THE FRIDGE

I keep several bottles of water in the fridge at home, because it's easier to monitor my intake as well as nice to have a cold bottle to hand when I need it. I just fill up plastic bottles if I have happened to buy one when out and about & keep them for that purpose. I've noticed that the children are drinking more water instead of asking for squash or juice because of this, too. I just wish they'd learn to refill them and put them back!

HONEY

Honey has been my absolute lifesaver for getting through sugar cravings. A good handful of strawberries, blueberries or raspberries along with a tablespoon of 0% fat Greek yoghurt has helped me absolutely no end. I'm not going to lie, I miss dipping a Mars Bar in my coffee at lunchtime but frankly I prefer feeling the way I do now all the time to the five minutes (seconds) of enjoyment I got from a bar of chocolate.

KEEP A FOOD DIARY

Either write it down in a notebook or use an app like myfitnesspal (I'm 'jooleroo', feel free to add me) to keep track as you get used to your new lifestyle changes. If you're trying to lose weight, then snacking on cashew nuts - for example - is obviously better for you than a chocolate bar, but a calorie is still a calorie so keeping a record of it will help you monitor exactly how much you are eating and drinking.

PREPARATION

It ties in with having water in the fridge at all times, but planning your meals and prepping them as well as your snacks as much as possible really does help. If you're hungry and roaming the kitchen wanting food, it's easy to grab something quick that isn't good for you and won't fill you up, but if you have things ready, it will help keep your snacking under control. Also, try not to let yourself get hungry by snacking regularly, eating little and often. I bought some little pots (from the £1 shop which come in a pack of 8), and measured out 20g from a large bag of cashew nuts in each so I always have something I can pop in my bag or grab from the cupboard. I also like to make a big batch of soup so I have something I can heat up for a quick lunch, & I keep a small tub of boiled eggs in the fridge ready to go with a salad, or some sliced ham & tomato.


Sadly there are no short cuts, and no easy route to reaching and maintaining your goal weight and fitness level. This has taken me time, hard work and commitment but it is honestly the best I have ever felt. I'm attending between 8-10 P6P classes a week and exercising at home just for 30/45 minutes at a time. I am in the best shape of my life at 32 years old and after 5 babies thanks to a lot of effort and determination, it has been worth every single bead of sweat, every burning muscle in my legs and arms, every extra rep I am encouraged to do when I think I can't do any more.


Being able to walk in to a store and pick up a size 10/12 pair of exercise leggings & top and feel awesome in them is worth it, and I hope that these few hints that I have shared can help you reach your goals, even in some small way. I'm not at my goal yet, but I know it isn't far off and I am going to keep working hard to reach it.

30 comments:

  1. Wow you are looking fab, these are great tips too. My problem is that I want to exercise then wake up the next day with the ideal body ha! If only eh? I'm so impatient honestly it's ridiculous! I really need to focus on the words lifestyle change and ditch the diet weight loss idea
    Well done!

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    1. Thank you so much. Haha oh yes, if only it were that simple! Just remember it's not a sprint, it's a marathon! x

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  2. I so want to jump up and down and give you a huge great big hug, I've been watching your progress and just love how well it's all going. I made a similar lifestyle change to you in my early-mid 20s, it took a good few years for me to get to a happy place but I've been there ever since and will never go back.

    I totally agree that it can't be just a diet, it has to be something more long term if you want to maintain it. I used to be a size 16 and weigh 13.5 stone. I still eat cake when I want it, or have fish and chips, drink wine and all of those fun things, its just not every day in multiple quantities, and have been a size 10 for about the last 5-6 years.

    Great tips for weight loss and again, fantastically well done X

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    1. Thank you so much, that really means a lot! It absolutely does, losing weight is only half the battle - maintaining it is equally as important, and as challenging! Thanks again x

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  3. Fabulous post lovely, love all these tips. I have to admit I need to get more into food & snack preparation, you are so right it's so easy to grab something quick and unhealthy. By the way, you look amazing, what goal are you talking about? I will be 40 next month and sadly also have to admit that at my age it is more difficult to get my body working as in my 30ees, but really would like to swap a few bad habits I still have, and not only concentrate on all my fitness challenges. Thanks for linking again #FitnessTuesday

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    1. Honestly, I'm not 100% sure what my end goal is. I know I want to lose a little more weight, and tone up a lot more, but for the actual target, with a number or size? I'm undecided. I think I will know when I reach it, and I do know that I am not there yet :) Thank you!

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  4. You look fab! Well done. The preparation tip is a great one #FitnessTuesday

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  5. You are looking awesome! All that hard work really paying off. I love the little boxes from the pound shop. May have to invest! xx #fitnesstuesday

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    1. They're so handy for little snack portions, perfect size. Thank you x

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  6. Definitely yay! Well done hun. I've really been enjoying working out too. And I've also found that have some prepared snack handy is helping to keep me from getting hungry and eating naughty food.

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    1. Preparation is definitely key to success I think, it's so much easier to follow when you have planned ahead. Thank you x

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  7. A fantastic post! The hard work you have put in since the start of the year has really paid off - you look incredible! Some really good tips and I like the idea of little tubs ready to go with snacks for on the go or if you are in the house feeling a little peckish. It does take hard work and like you say, every bead of sweat is worth it! Thank you for linking up with #WeightLossWednesday xx

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    1. Thank you very much. I think having ready made/portioned snacks makes a huge difference to your progress, and water is also so important.

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  8. Congratulations! Sounds as if you've made some really positive lifestyle changes and I have to say I think it's a great approach to do this rather than 'diet' as such. I'm a great fan of fizzy water and interestingly it was one of the few things I tokd tolerate when I was very sick during pregnancy. I have to say Im not great at meal planning and it's definitely something I'd like to improve. #fitnesstuesday

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    1. Thank you, it has been a really positive experience and I feel so much better for it.

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  9. I like your tips. Nice and practical. I often have some boiled eggs ready to go. Another thing I do is have some pre boiled pasta or potatoes ready to make a salad too. Then I jus play with works. I like your holistic style and I'm glad its working for you #weightlosswednesday

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    1. Thank you, if I can do it anyone can and having things prepared just makes it so much easier. Little things make a huge difference

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  10. What an uplifting post. You show what hard work can do but also how it;s about making lifestyle changes that are sustainable for the long term. No fads or crazes just good food and exercise. Just brilliant. #FitnessTuesday

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    1. Thank you so much - exactly, companies that promote things like juicing and shakes and detoxes are there to make money, once you stop using them the weight creeps back on and you go back to it. Making long term changes to diet and exercise is really the only way to maintain results in my opinion.

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  11. Wow it's definitely working for you you're looking amazing!
    AliceMegan

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  12. You've done so well and it's nothing of an exaggeration to say that your achievements are inspirational. Great tips lovely, keep it up! Thanks for linking with #BloggingToJogging xx

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    1. Thank you so much, that really means a lot. It has been a huge challenge but one I have loved and I am so glad I have done it!

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  13. This is awesome. I so need some containers for healthy snacks lol. You are an inspiration! Angela xx

    #WellBeingWednesday

    Angela recently posted My Weight Loss Journey May 2015 http://wp.me/p5XRN6-1x1

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    1. Thank you very much! They make such a huge difference, I am much less inclined to sneak bad things if I have something handy that I know is good for me!

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  14. WOW - you look incredible! I used to be fit and exercise a lot but I am finding it difficult at the moment. I started doing T25 at home as I am now single I can't get out the house of an evening. However, the house got struck by a virus and looking after the girls took it's toll. All back to normal now and I have reset my date to start all over again. I love your tips and I agree. Water is your best friend as is sleep. I batch cook and it means I get time to workout and then quickly heat up pre made food that I froze. You are very right in what you say too about it being a way of life and a mindset rejig. I am nearly there, just gotta keep working at it. When you see amazing results it's such a buzz hey? Thank you so much for linking up to #WellbeingWednesday xxx

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    1. It's a huge motivator to see results, progress pics are an absolute must so you can look back to see how far you've come - best choice I ever made for myself!

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  15. Fair play, it sounds like you are serious about your lifestyle change! I like that term much better than a diet Healthy eating & living is much better for you. I like the trousers! Very cute. Best of luck to you with your goals. #TheList x

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  16. Fabulous! 'Lifestyle change' is so much better than sayign we're going on a diet, because there is the implication we will go off it at some point! I like the idea of putting the cashews in the mini containers, it helps remove that temptation to scoff the lot. Agree re honey too, sometimes it is the sweetness we crave rather than chocolate, lovely as it is... #thelist

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