Are you experiencing a weight loss stall? Let’s figure out how to break that weight loss plateau. It’s almost summer and a lot of you may be stressing out about shorts and tank top season and perhaps trying to lose weight, but it’s just not happening as fast as you want it to. Here are some things you should consider when you hit a weight loss plateau and get the things moving gain;
Motivation & Excitement: A lot of times we get frustrated because we’re not seeing the results we want, and we start to lose that motivation and it can be really frustrating. So the first thing is you need do is get the things moving again, so you can get excited again, and get motivated. Motivation is temporary if you’re not motivated, you’re probably just not excited about either your goal, or you’re not excited about your method.
Your Diet: If you are doing the right thing; cleaning up your diet and working out but you still aren’t getting your desired results then you really need to change something. It could be your diet. You might need to clean things up a little bit. Maybe you’ve made some changes, but you might need to make even more changes. Sometimes, that means eating more or eating less.
Work Out: If you are not working out because you’ve gotten great results by just changing your nutrition and you start to notice a stall in your weight loss, then you need to start incorporating some workouts. Get some activity into your day, like taking a walk with a good breakfast.
Eat Breakfast. Make sure you never skip breakfast, it truly is the most important meal of the day, so you want to make sure you’re having some kind of protein first thing in the day. It’s going to keep you full for longer. It’s going to help you maintain that muscle mass while you lose weight. So eat enough eggs, oatmeal, Greek yogurt, cottage cheese with some fruit etc.
Cardio: If you are working out, and you’re still not getting results, again, you need to change something. This could mean less cardio or more cardio. If you’re doing straight cardio, now may be the time to incorporate some strength training with it. You want to keep your body guessing because our body is efficient. It gets used to what we’re doing, and always have to improving, and doing something better, and really challenging yourself.
Are you dreading the summer? Does your weight loss journey always take a back seat in the summer time?
Kids home from school usually means less time for mom. Last summer, I ditched the gym to hang out with the kids and I will likely be doing it again, this summer – with a newborn due in June. For six weeks, I didn’t step foot into the gym and I am happy to report I dropped my body fat to the lowest I’ve ever been in two years. How did I do it?
It was summer break, the kids were out of school and it wasn’t intentional to skip the gym, but I just started being more intentional about getting active with them and we were going to the parks, going for walks, and getting in workouts when I was with them versus dragging myself (and them) to the gym.
A lot of fitness professionals don’t really talk about how our stress levels and sleep is really affecting our weight, weight gain, weight loss, and this is something I wanted to bring your attention to it and share with you how to paying attention to your stress levels can actually help you lose weight. So here is a summary of what I did to lose weight while staying out of the gym:
I stayed active several times a week by going to the park and I made sure that I wasn’t stagnant, wasn’t sitting on the couch watching TV and I just put more of a priority on staying active, instead of my gym workouts.
I started getting to bed at a decent hour and really allowing myself to get into that restful sleep. I paid attention to my stress levels a found a way to reduce my exposure to those stress levels and really being more intentional about reducing that stress. As a work from home mom, I used to always work after the kids went to bed, worked before they got up and was always glued to my phone – never giving myself a break to relax.
I put up strong boundaries on when I was going to bed – even if it meant I had to miss an important webinar or team call. As someone who has recovered from burnout and adrenal fatigue, sleep is now a high priority.
The hours of sleep you’re getting is important, but also the quality of sleep is even more important. You need to get into restful sleep cycles because our body recharges and detoxes in the sleep process. You need to focus more on getting well rested, and if you get up super early, you need to go to bed earlier, making sure you’re getting your seven to nine hours of sleep and actually you’re getting into those deep sleep cycles while you are sleeping.
It is my philosophy to work smarter, not harder. I can tell you if I am not having fun, I am not doing it!
I spent years grinding and burning the candle on both ends and when I decided to try something different, I realized most women are working way too hard and losing weight can can done easier, simpler and faster.
A gym is not required to lose weight or workout. Not everyone has access to a gym, based on location, schedules or if you have childcare. Even if you don’t have access to a gym, you can build your at home gym, with these equipment upgrades.
With a few small investments, you can have everything you need at home, to get an effective workout for burning fat. Whether you are just starting out or if you are looking to add new workouts to your routine, start adding these essentials to your at home gym.
Here are some recommended tools to have in your home gym:
Dumbbells. I recommend having dumbbells in several sizes, anywhere from three all the way up to twelve pounds. If you’re just starting out, you might want to start with maybe a five or eight-pound dumbbell and as you get stronger, you can increase the weight, up to a ten, twelve, fifteen-pound dumbbell. You can use it for everything from upper body work out, bicep curls, to shoulder press squats and lunges. Dumbbells are very versatile, you can work up multiple muscle groups at the same times unlike a lot of machines at the gym that usually works only one muscle.
Kettle Bells. They are a free weight and very similar to dumbbells but can be used differently, like kettlebell swings.
Medicine ball. A medicine ball is just a weighted ball and this is great for your core. Sometimes, if you’re working out from home, it can be a little hard to target the back and one move that a personal trainer taught me: bounce the ball off of the floor, or on the ground, or off a wall. It really works your back in a way that dumbbells just don’t.
Your body. Your body is such a great tool, and you can do a lot of workouts just with your body alone. If you know how to use bodyweight exercises, you can work out anywhere: at the hotel, at the park with your kids, which I do quite often. If the kids want to play and I just didn’t get time to go to the gym or get my workout in, I can do some workouts right at the park with my kids.
Jump Ropes. Jump rope is great for getting your heart rate up and getting you into the fat burning mode. You can get jump ropes and most any Walmart or Target, but Amazon has some cool ones, like these.
Yoga Mat.Yoga mats are great for stretching. Stretching is so powerful, and just doing a couple yoga moves, or when you first wake up, can really make or break your day. Just getting on your yoga mat for a few minutes to stretch out your body is great.
Mini-Trampoline. The mini-trampoline is great for getting in that little bit of cardio and it doesn’t take up a lot of space. It is great for winter time when you don’t go out or to the gym as often as you want to. It is also great for multitasking and you can do it first thing in the morning while listening to something positive.
And even my kids love it!
So if you’re having trouble getting to the gym, maybe you work crazy hours and you can’t always get there, or you’re too tired, I encourage you to go to your local store or Amazon and get these tools and start losing some weight.
Just getting started on losing weight? In my next masterclass, I am revealing how I lost over 30 pounds without a gym. Join here.
Have you ever found yourself going to your closet and nothing is fitting? Maybe you recently lose weight and now you are in an akward phase of all your clothes being too big? The opposite can happen too, and this is common in early stages of pregnancy.
There are some very important wardrobe essentials you need as your body changes. These essentials will prolong your wardrobe as you’re losing weight and will grow with you. Changing your whole wardrobe can be the most expensive part of losing weight, as nothing in your closet fits and you have to get new clothes. However, if you still have weight to lose, you may not want to spend a lot of money on a new wardrobe, just yet.
Here are five wardrobe essentials to always have in your wardrobe that will grow with you:
Stretchy Fabrics: This is a very important piece to own. A lot of jeans now come in stretchy materials and they have a bit of stretch to them so they stay fitted and grow with you whether you are losing weight or building muscles.
Elastic Waistbands: Having skirts and pants with elastic waistbands in your wardrobe is essential as they can grow or slim down with you.
Wrap Dresses or Wrap Tops: This is really important because they’re really expandable and very flattering on a lot of different body types, they can adjust with you as you are going up or down in sizes. If you’re pregnant or planning to get pregnant these are also great because they can grow with you and then they can go back down once you go back to your regular size. Wrap dresses are really a great thing to have in your wardrobe.
Empire Waists: An empire waist stops right at your bust line and then the rest of the top just goes down and it can be really flattering if you’re a little self-conscious of your tummy and it will really prolong your wardrobe.
Accessories: Accessories can bring or lead the eye where you want it to go. I love to have a big flashy necklace or earring because it brings the eye up. Other accessories like belts can also accentuate the waistline and create an hourglass look especially if you’re more square shaped and don’t have much of a waistline.
Does losing weight seem hard or like a lot of work? Actually, there are small things you can do to start shifting the scale, without a lot of work at all. A few simple changes to your diet or activity can make all the difference.
I used to work in an Irish pub several years ago, when I was in college; where I gained about 20-25 pounds by being surrounded by food and alcohol. The moment I knew something had to change was when a customer I served asked when my baby was due- I wasn’t even pregnant!.
I was mortified – and it didn’t happen just once. I was in college, had no boyfriend and kids were the furthest thing from my mind. I was a petite girl, always thin, but I carried the bulk of my weight in my midsection – like most women.
I won’t say it is easy to avoid temptations when you are surrounded by food all day, but it is possible with some will power and when you know what you want.
Here are the three things that I did to release those 20 pounds and how you can also apply it to yourself:
Eliminate Soda and Fizzy Drinks. When you work at a bar or a fast food restaurant, you are surrounded by foods and drinks that are not healthy for you. So I made a conscious effort to stop buying soda by making an internal agreement with myself that I wouldn’t buy it anymore and I was able to drop five pounds instantly within a week. So if you’re trying to eat healthier, I suggest cutting out the junk, throwing it away, and just stop buying it and you will be amazed at how much better your willpower is if you just don’t have it in the house.
Cut Down on Fried and Junk Foods. I stopped eating fast food and started bringing in my own healthy snacks to work so that I would not be tempted to snack on the free fries that were provided. Staying prepared is also a very crucial part of the process because you will be put in situations where there’s not always healthy options available.
Get a Workout Buddy. Having an accountability buddy is very important when you are trying to lose weight, someone you can lean on and can motivate you when you don’t feel like working out. And just surrounding yourself with someone who’s on the same mission can be the make or break point.
Want to indulge in your sweet cravings and still lose weight?
Most people think that losing weight (or being on a diet) has to be hard and we have been trained to think of a diet as giving up all our favorite foods.
Actually, you can eat healthy without feeling deprived. I still eat pizza, chocolate, and ice cream and I was able to lose 30 pounds. Most of the time when we are on a diet or trying to lose weight, we often limit ourselves to boring foods which we do not really enjoy just because they are the typical “healthy foods” but there are ways you can infuse the foods you absolutely love in your diet and still get your desired results.
I personally went on to lose over 30 pounds and for the first time EVER, I never felt like I was missing out.
Here are some ways to help you eat healthy without feeling deprived of the foods you love and how to ‘’eat your cake and have it’’ while on your weight loss journey:
The 80/20 rule: Moderation is everything. When you deprive yourself of certain foods, it becomes all that you can think about, but when you allow yourself to indulge in your favorite foods as part of your lifestyle and healthy diet, then you won’t feel so deprived and there will be If you are eating and putting good things into your body 80% of the time, the other 20% won’t matter so much. You can still have a glass of wine or a chocolate brownie from time to time.
Allow yourself those treats: Apart from just making it part of your diet, treat yourself to something nice on the weekend. If you ate salads Monday through Friday, allow yourself to have that baked potato, or a piece of pizza if it’s going to make you happy. Indulge occasionally in those things that would make your weight loss journey fun for you.
3. Celebrate your accomplishments. Celebrate everything! So many times we get so focused on the goal that we fail to see every little progress we’ve made. Celebrate it at day one, celebrate it at day five, celebrate it at two weeks. Find ways to celebrate that doesn’t have anything to do with food so you don’t go overboard – buy yourself a new workout outfit, treat yourself to a massage or get your nails done. Whatever is going to make you happy just make sure you celebrate yourself.
Four years ago, I decided I was done with “dieting” and I was going to find something that would work – for my life, no matter what I had going on. If you are feeling restricted in any way, especially over time, you will not stick with it.
Why do you think 50% of people who lose weight end up gaining it all back?
In conclusion, you are what you think about and that becomes your reality. If you think losing weight will be hard, it will be.
What if it could be easy?
In my Simplified Slim Down, I break down how it can be easy, with easy healthy recipes and daily action steps to get you to your first goal.