I Lost 90 Pounds In One Year After I Realized Losing Weight Wasn’t Going to Make Me Happy

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“I began to accept my body as it was but also enjoyed
improving it.”
I’ve started and stopped
weight-loss journeys more times than I can count. (I’m sure plenty
of women can relate.) For as long as I can remember, I’ve been
trying to change parts of my body I didn’t like, or doing
everything in my power to get to ‘x’ weight. Why? Because I
believed that once I did, I’d finally be happy.  This struggle
with my weight has been going on since I was a teenager. I was
always searching for the best diet to get “skinny” and even
resorted to starving myself at times. It didn’t help that I was
always told that I was a “big girl” and would never be “petite.”
Eventually, I accepted what people were saying as fact and began
using food as both a reward and a punishment. (Related: 7 Thoughts
About Food You Should Banish for Good)         View this post
on Instagram                   One of the very first nice
outfits I got for myself when I first started my weight loss
journey. I am spring cleaning today and found it. Just cannot
believe it. Seriously insane. This time a year ago. Wowee.
⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ How’s the smug face on the right
though bahaha ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ What do you want to look
back on and see differently in a year from now???
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#bodytransformation #changingshape #changingmylife #healthychoice
#springcleaning #fatloss #weightlosscomparison #loser
#weekendmotivation #extremeweightloss A post shared by Weight Loss
Journey (@_inspirachional) on Sep 28, 2018 at 6:53pm PDT This
continued—treating my body poorly and eating emotionally—up
until I gave birth to my second child at 29 years old. Before I got
pregnant with him, I was already overweight. Then, I took “eating
for two” to a whole other level: I used being pregnant as an excuse
to eat anything and everything. Not to mention, I believed I needed
to rest all the time, which contributed to even more weight gain.
Post-pregnancy, I knew something had to change. There wasn’t one
exact light-bulb moment—it was just lots of little things that
added up. My family had long been urging and inspiring me to be
healthier and I wanted to be a role model for them too. I wanted to
be around to see my two boys grow up and live a long happy life
with my wonderful husband. So at the beginning of 2017, I decided
it was time to regain my health. I knew that this time was going to
be different because I didn’t make drastic changes—like try a
crazy diet or go nuts in the gym—right away. Instead, I gradually
made small changes and, looking back, it was those simple steps
that eventually led to big changes. (Related: The 10 Rules of
Weight Loss That Lasts)         View this post on Instagram  
                Happy #facetofacefriday ! Also baby to baby
Friday . I have two babies ! One is 4 and the other is 15months.
They are both little boys and they have two speeds; asleep and flat
out  who can relate  ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ #fitmum
#fitmummy #faceofffriday #flashbackfriday #fitmomsofig #fitmommy
#weightlossmission #weightlossmotivation A post shared by Weight
Loss Journey (@_inspirachional) on Sep 27, 2018 at 2:34pm PDT To
start, I knew I had to change my attitude toward weight loss. This
time, I was going to think of weight loss and happiness separately.
I made an effort to find things about my body that I loved just as
it was. I’d focus on those things instead of the things I didn’t
like—my arms. At first, it was tough. I had to try really hard to
find things about my body that I appreciated because my whole life,
I’d looked in the mirror and picked out my flaws. But after weeks
of telling myself that I was worthy of self-love, that my body was
amazing for giving birth to two healthy children, and that it was
capable of accomplishing anything, it became easier and easier to
find the positives and push away the negative thoughts. (Here are
some tips on using positive self-talk.) I began to accept my body
as it was, but also enjoyed improving it. (More: You Can Love Your
Body and Still Want to Change It) Instead of wanting to be
“skinny,” I wanted to be strong and fit. Sure, the actual loss of
weight also helped with my confidence and being happier and more
comfortable. But I really think that the mental shift in how I
looked at myself—from the beginning—made losing the weight a
lot easier.         View this post on Instagram          
        My phone case changed from pink to red. I also don’t
wear granny undies these days ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Ahhh how
annoying can weight loss be! When you have a set back, you legit
imagine you’re right back at the start! Does that happen to
anyone else? Like today I was looking at clothes and I thought oh
I’d better get the size up because I’ve not been training as
hard .. it can be a total mind fuck. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Anyway thanks for listening to my rant
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⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ #weightlossstruggle #thestruggleisreal
#weightlossinsta #weightlossbeforeandafter #weightlosscommunity
#fitfamaus #weightlossbattle #extremeweightloss #weightlossfamily A
post shared by Weight Loss Journey (@_inspirachional) on Sep 25,
2018 at 5:02am PDT Changing my diet was part of this too, but I
didn’t follow a rigid plan. I decided not to make any food
off-limits—and I still don’t. I’ve found that the more you deny
yourself of something, the more you want it. (That goes for
anything in life, not just food.) Knowing you can eat something if
you really want to kind of removes the urge to “cheat” or
overindulge. I did, however, focus on being in a calorie deficit
and making sure that each and every one of my meals was balanced: I
started having protein with each meal and including a wide variety
of nutrient-dense whole foods like vegetables and fruit. I also
made sure to include food I enjoyed eating, like the occasional
chocolate or some chips. My food consumption became mindful and I
really enjoyed it—mostly because I didn’t feel like I was
necessarily giving anything up. (Here’s why eating more might
actually be the secret to losing weight.)         View this
post on Instagram                   click the save button
on this one for the easiest week night meal ever. Ever ever. Ever
ever. Sorry ms Jackson. Oops too far. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Vah vah vah volume! Have I spoken about volume enough yet?
Volumising your food with low calorie high fibre veggies helps you
to feel fuller for longer and it’s essentially how you can eat
more and still lose weight. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ 1000g 5%
beef mince 500g frozen veg (I use the grilled frozen vegetables
from @aldiaustralia) 1 tsp salt, 1/2 tsp black pepper 1/2 tsp white
pepper, 2 tsp stevia, 1 tsp onion powder, 1 tsp garlic powder, 1
tsp basil, 1 tsp thyme, 1/2 tsp ground cumin baby cos lettuce
leaves for wrapping (swipe)  light mayo to serve
⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ This serves 5-10. Weigh the entire lot
of cooked mince then divide by your portion of raw meat. Eg if you
want 100g of mince, divide entire portion by 10, if you want 150g
of mince divide by 6.6 and so on. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ My
serve was 200g mince – P 45.3 C 16.5 F 15.2 / 385 kcal
⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ I heat a big pan without oil and throw
in the veggies and meat at the same time then add the spices.
Pretty easy peasy but effective ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ This is
a staple in my house. I also add it with @fitzy_fitness ‘s
favourite bag of rainbow vegetables (swipe) for even MORE volume!
⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Enjoy ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
#recipeideas #weightlossfood #weightlossrecipes #weightlossdiet
#dietideas #whatieat #fooddiary A post shared by Weight Loss
Journey (@_inspirachional) on Oct 10, 2018 at 7:46pm PDT The next
step for me was to start being more active—but first, I needed to
change the way I looked at exercise. I knew I had to separate my
exercise intentions from my weight-loss goals. I worked hard on not
viewing being active as a punishment or simply a means to lose
weight. I began approaching it as a way to feel good and reward my
body. It helped that, within a few weeks, I started seeing my body
change. From there, I was hooked. (FYI, science found the best
workout to overcome your weight-loss plateau.) What started as a
couple of at-home workouts per week turned into a routine—one
that I continue to follow today. On top of running around with my
two kids all day, I lift weights four times a week. (Two are
upper-body days and two focus on lower body.) My diet varies but is
still centered around sufficient protein and nutrient-dense foods
with a good splash of what people might consider “treat food.”
(Here’s why you seriously need to stop thinking of foods as “good”
or “bad.”) Yes, I’ve lost 90 pounds so far—but the most welcomed
change in my life has been emotional. In the past, if I was busy or
stressed, exercise would be the first thing to drop from my
schedule. Now, in situations like that, it’s what helps keep me
grounded and makes me better at handling stressful situations.
Overall, I’m much calmer and I don’t get upset as easily. I’m also
now able to see my body as strong and capable and am so thankful
for it after all it has been through.         View this post on
Instagram                   It is evident that losing
weight has not helped my dancing  ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Even
if you feel like you have the longest way to go. Keep pushing! You
don’t have to be able to see the entire staircase, you just need
to see the first step ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ I really want to
start an accountability tribe. So we can all stay inspired by each
other and accountable. It doesn’t matter what your goals are,
weight loss, weight gain, hell even if your goal is to grow your
hair, join in! Actually I can offer you a few tips on hair growth.
#hairfordays #nevergetahaircut  . So let me know what your current
goals are and why you have set them. Ok I’ll go first . Sooo some
of my current goals are to 1. maintain my weight loss (before
starting a cut in November) , 2. Spend less money on unnecessary
items (), 3. Write on my blog and 4. Create recipes for you. Your
turn , tell moi whatcha goals are  ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
 our girl Kylie Minogue: stop me from falling
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#settinggoals #accountabilitypartner #weightlosstribe
#comparisonvideo #losinginches #myjourneytofit #myfitnessjourney
#weightlossprogress #extremeweightloss #transformationtuesday A
post shared by Weight Loss Journey (@_inspirachional) on Oct 8,
2018 at 1:28pm PDT For anyone who might feel like they’ve been in
my shoes and are thinking of building a healthier lifestyle, I’ve
got one small piece of advice: Make it simple. (More evidence: How
Making Small Changes to Her Diet Helped This Trainer Lose 45
Pounds) You don’t have to do crazy fad diets with hard-to-follow
rules. Find a diet that you can stick to—one that you can enjoy
for the rest of your life, not just for a few months. A diet is
only ever going to be as good as your ability to stick to it. So if
you can’t live without bread and a diet is telling you that you
have to cut it out, it’s probably not going to be good for you.
(See: Why You Should Stop Restrictive Dieting Once and for All)
Also, find a supportive network that knows what you’re going
through, even an online community. Find an exercise that you
actually enjoy, and don’t just look at working out as a way to lose
weight but as a time to do something valuable for your body.
Finally, be patient and celebrate small victories. Remember that
small achievements = big results. That’s the key to creating a
healthy lifestyle that’s lifelong—and to actually being


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