The 10 Commandments of Weight Loss

Karen Wilson is back with another fabulous two part series.  Tonight, you get part one and tomorrow, she will share with you part 2!  These are awesome and I am so thankful she is continuing to inspire you!

10 Commandments of weight loss?!?  Bet you didn’t know there was such a thing, huh?! Oh, yes! Our wellness coach, Jacynta, introduced these 10 Commandments to keep you accountable in your weight loss journey. Following these will lead you to success! It’s not always an easy journey, especially if you’ve been at this for a while, so read ahead for tips to help you along the way.

1. Thou shall accept that this weight loss journey is FOREVER!

A friend asked me, “So, are you going to have to do this [tracking on My Fitness Pal] forever?!” and my response was “YES!” I know that living a healthy lifestyle is a forever journey for me because it’s not a “diet.” I have slipped back into destructive eating patterns before and what happens? I’m sure you know. It’s probably happened to you. All of a sudden, you have gained back whatever weight you lost plus some. So, in order for me to live a healthy lifestyle, tracking is what I do. Healthy isn’t my goal. It’s my way of living!

2. Thou shall NOT wear stretchy pants unless exercising.

I know that my sister is rolling her eyes at this one, but it’s so true!! Your clothing is definitely an early warning sign for weight gain. When it’s getting hard to snap your jeans, you know it’s time to be vigilant. Wearing stretchy clothes allows you to live in ignorance of how your body is growing, making it easier to pack on pounds without knowing it. You know those yoga pants that you can’t wait to come home and change into. First ask yourself, have I exercised today? If so, throw them on! If not, maybe go for a walk around the neighborhood first!

3. Thou shall not eat standing up.

Ever been to Happy Hour at a friend’s house and you’re standing around chatting and snacking on the chips and POOF! All the chips are gone??!! What happened? When you stand up to eat, you tend to eat more because you’re not fully aware of how much munching you are doing. Eating sitting down enables you to be aware of what you’re eating and eat it slowly so that your body can tell you that you are full before it’s too late. This has happened to me plenty of times, so I have to remove myself from the food area. I go into another room or outside and always have my water in one hand.

4. Thou shall eat more fruits and veggies.

Are you tired of hearing this one by now?! 5 servings a day is the best habit that you can develop. Jacynta says that we should be eating more veggies than fruit. I am guilty of eating mainly fruit and not enough veggies because I have such a big sweet tooth. I force myself to incorporate a veggie snack typically in the afternoons. Carrots and hummus work well here. I try to have a veggie or two at lunch and dinner as well. If I look at my tracker at the end of the day and see nothing but carbs, carbs, and more carbs, I know that

I need to veg it up. Eating greens makes you lean! Try arugula if you’re tired of romaine lettuce. Sautee some spinach with olive oil and garlic. Squeeze some lemon on top. Roast asparagus with olive oil and sea salt. Visit the Farmer’s Market to find a new-to-you vegetable. Eating in season is always the best for your taste buds and wallet.

5. Thou shall NOT give up after a slip up.

Jacynta says that every obstacle allows you to learn. Is it an obstacle or an opportunity for personal growth? Obstacles may allow you to lean on others for help and guidance. Obstacles may allow you to change. I’ve recently went through a break up, and I’ve drank a few more glasses of wine and consumed a few more calories (the chocolate variety) than I normally would, but I have tracked them all. My weight loss has stalled a bit, but I am determined not to let these slip ups defeat me. I will not give up. I will keep going on this journey. Remember slips should teach you not defeat you!

Obstacles are placed in our way to see if what we really want is really worth fighting for.

6. Thou shall NOT sabotage others with unhealthy foods.

This is one of my favorite commandments. First of all, I am truly guilty of this too. As a sweet Southern girl, I take food when people are feeling happy, feeling sad, having a baby, having surgery, someone dies, someone gets their wisdom teeth out, or just because it’s Tuesday. “What can I bring?” is the question that we ask. Sometimes we don’t even ask; we just bring food because that’s what we do to comfort and console. Usually that casserole or appetizer or dessert has a gazillion calories in it. The point is that nobody, whether they are actively seeking to make healthy changes or not, needs to be eating a bunch of junk. Jacynta encourages us to give something that will not add stress like a hug, a call, or a simple hand- written card.

Be kind or everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle

7. Thou shall be open to new ways of doing things.

Do you get stuck in a rut? I know that I do. I need someone to push me, challenge me, and propel me forward. Sometimes Jacynta has to drag me along with her, and afterward, I am so glad that she did! I don’t like change. I like routine, and I tend to stick to my way of doing things. But I have learned that I have to be open to new ways of thinking, eating, planning, and exercising. I have found that I actually enjoy jogging (Who knew?!?!). I want to create my own happiness, not have my environment and circumstances create me.

Old Ways Won't Open New Doors

8. Thou shall not keep fat clothes in your closet.

When I have lost weight in the past, I always kept my larger sizes. I held on to them out of fear. What if this doesn’t work? What if I can’t do this? And of course, I needed those clothes again when I gained back the weight. This time though was different. I decided to pay it forward when I started moving from size 18’s to 16’s to 14’s. Friends of mine and Jacynta’s clients needed smaller sizes too. Jacynta hosted a clothing swap. I brought clothes that I needed to rid myself of physically and emotionally. I took home some new clothes that were size 12’s. And I could wear them!! Giving those clothes away meant I was helping others to feel good about themselves, and in turn, I felt good about myself too.

9. Thou shall be fully committed to my weight loss journey (NO MATTER WHAT).

Definition of Commitment:

* a promise to do or give something

* a promise to be loyal to someone or something

* the attitude of someone who works very hard to do or support something

How strong is your commitment to your healthy lifestyle?

80 percent of success is just showing up

10. Thou shall stay connected to a group for support.

To me, this is the most important commandment. I need others to encourage me, rally around me, and hold me accountable. I bet you do too! Jacynta’s wellness coaching provides all of that. The group at Sparkle a New You helps me to feel less lonely on my weight loss journey. They help me gain a sense of control, allow me to share my successes, and they encourage me in my setbacks. Most importantly, they lift me up and help me to reach for my dreams.

I remember these commandments. I turn to them when I stumble, but I certainly don’t give up. Maybe there is one that you can work on right now that will help you live a healthier lifestyle. Leave a comment and let me know which one you are committing to today.

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About Jennifer Swafford

Jennifer is an elementary school teacher who is trying to lose 100+ pounds. She has certainly learned how much It Sux To Be Fat and is here to motivate you to live a healthy lifestyle.