Your Body WILL Change
50 Lessons in 50 Pounds, Part 4
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Wow, part 4 already! I’ve learned so much on this journey, and really hope that sharing my wisdom is helping you out a little bit as well. Today, I’m talking about how your body will change, positive thinking, and plenty more. So without further ado, here are 10 more lessons that I’ve learned from losing 50 (well, 54) pounds!
31. Prepare your “wow, you look different” answer.
I am an awkward potato. Always have been, always will be. Because of this, I’ve come to realize that I need to prepare at least an idea of something to say at parties, family gatherings, etc. This especially applies to talking about my weight loss. There’s some sort of unspoken line between politely thanking someone for noticing my body’s changes, and being too over–excited about it. I’m still working on this one, but my canned response is just “thank you, I’ve been working hard on it a lot lately.” Sweet and simple.
32. Don’t let your disabilities be an excuse.
So I tried Kendo once… With a friend. And the only part that I remember about it was the leader pulling someone aside during practice to say this. The guy was complaining that he was recovering from a sprained ankle and that he didn’t know if he could practice for the time being. Healing from injuries is important, but don’t let anything turn into an excuse to not get your goals.
33. Not everything is going to go to plan.
Remember in February when my gym was bought out by Planet Fitness, all of the personal trainers and group exercise instructors left, and they took out all the great parts of the facility? Yeah, that wasn’t a part of my plan. Neither was injuring my back a week later. But regardless, I found a new gym and rested my back. And now I’m down 54.5 pounds. Keep going.
34. Make a schedule. Keep it 60% of the time.
Having solid plans is great, if you know how to use them. There was a time where I tried to schedule everything out to the minute. That ended up just stressing me out. But then again, so does having no schedule. My solution to this is to create a loose schedule (for nutrition and workouts at least) and to keep 60% of it. The rest comes falls to switching things up in the gym, eating other food, and just living life in general.
35. Your feet might get gross.
This one may be a little bit disgusting, but I wasn’t prepared for it when I started working out more often. I lost my toe nails. They kept coming off, then growing back, then coming off again. It was weird. That stopped eventually and I realized later is was because my shoe size had changed (go figure), but that’s a possible thing that happens.
36. Make time to take care of your mental self.
I keep on saying that this journey is just as much about the mental stuff as the physical stuff. It’s so important to keep tabs on how your mind is changing as well as your body. For me personally, I suffer from panic attacks. At the beginning of my journey, I was having maybe two or three a month. Now, I’m getting one at about every three months or so. This isn’t directly from the weight loss, but from taking a deeper look at my needs and behaviors, and trying to be more mindful of what those are and what situations are triggers for them.
37. Don’t be afraid to workout in public.
Easier said than done? Absolutely. But having the accountability from other people inside the gym (and I’m not referring to hiring anyone!) is just another tool that helps keep this sustainable. The first few times I lost weight, I exercised solely from my house/dorm/etc, and fell off the bandwagon within months in part because I had no one else holding me accountable to my eating and my fitness. Going to the gym or running at the park helps get rid of that issue.
38. Your body will change and it might be scary at first.
I’m not talking about getting a slimmer figure and I’m not talking about building muscle. I’m talking about how I almost quit this whole weight loss journey in January because of how much more prominent my stretch marks became when the weight started coming off. I’m talking about how in April, I started noticing loose skin on my inner thighs and lower belly. Am I a fan of it? Nope. Are either of those things going to stop me from continuing on this journey? Absolutely not.
39. Experiment with protein shakes.
If you’re going to start supplementing your diet with protein shakes (which I do and LOVE!), then get a few samples and experiment with them! Add different fruits and things to them in the morning. Try things out! My favorite right now is a scoop of Chocolate Velvet Designer Whey with cashew milk and a tablespoon of peanut butter.
40. Schedule your workouts like they’re work.
Congrats! You just got a new job! It’s a coveted position called “exercising.”
But in all seriousness, I use Google Calendar to schedule out my workdays, and block off about an hour and a half to two hours per day to get to the gym, work out, and get back home. It’s helped me immensely with limiting my excuses and just getting it done.
So those were lessons 31-41 on what I’ve learned from my weight loss journey. I went over protein shakes, how your body will change, working out in public, and plenty more.
Leave a comment with a lessons you’ve learned from weight loss so far!