What is your primary form of exercise?
I do Pure Barre 4 times per week. And I’ve recently starting taking a deep stretch yoga class once a week. I walk the dog, but she likes to sniff so much, I really can’t call that exercise!
What advice can you give others who want to lose 10 or more pounds?
Focus on what you’re eating first. If you do nothing else, eliminate soda and processed foods. I truly believe that finding out if your sensitive or allergic to certain foods is important and can be a key to weight loss and feeling better.
What are your “non-negotiables” with yourself? In other words, what are the things that you just don’t allow yourself to do (i.e. skip more than 3 days of exercise, eat desserts, …)
I don’t skip more than 2 or 3 days of exercise (for me that is usually Pure Barre).
What is it that you like about weighing less? What are the tangibles and intangibles (i.e. the way you look, the confidence you have…)
What I like most is how I feel — more energy, better mood, better sleep. My clothes fit better, so I think that helps boost confidence too.
Is there anything else you would like to add?
When I eliminated certain foods, I found out which ones I’m sensitive/allergic too. Many will experience the same result of seeing which foods are allergenic for them. Some will find that they are not bothered by any of the foods they introduce back to their diet, but doing this “elimination” work for a month does a great job of detoxing the body….which is important to do regularly for weight loss. I learned that when the liver is relieved of toxins, it helps the body support weight loss.
While many of the strategies Diana used are simple, not all are easy to do. For instance, eliminating processed foods sounds like something you can just check off a list. However, I know because I have tried it, that it is much harder to do than to say. My point is that losing weight is often not an easy endeavor…it takes desire and commitment. I believe it can be helpful to hear how others are doing it and how they are successful at keeping it off. How about you…have you lost 10 pounds or more…how did you do it?