I don’t talk about my illness so that you will feel sorry for me. I talk about it so you will know what I’m going through, why I am the way I am. I don’t want your pity. I want your understanding.
And sometimes, I talk about it because I had a bad day and just like you, talking about the bad thing makes me feel better. I just so happens I have a lot of bad days and my illness is usually at the core of it.
I don’t trust politics. It was created to provide a simple solution to complicated and often grey issues. To create the illusion of an answer where there may not be one, to create problems for people who wish to think for themselves and to stir up friction and a you have an enemy mentality just because the person sitting next to you may not think about the world exactly like you do.
8 BEST TIPS FOR WEIGHT LOSS BEGINNERS:
- Don’t change all at once. If you go from eating crap and sitting all day to trying to instantly start running 10 miles a day and eating nothing but salad and bananas, you are going to get tired of it and probably fall back into old habits. Change a few things at a time (like cut out all soda and fast food and then ease into more intense workouts).
- Understand it is 90% mental. As a runner, I know that I can run a full marathon, but convincing my mind that I am going to run nonstop for the next 4 hours is surprisingly difficult. Same goes for convincing your mind that you, in fact, don’t need to eat that extra cookie to feel full.
- Make goals, but not time limits. Time goals are hard because weight loss is often so scattered and you will probably end up being extremely stressed the closer and closer a deadline gets. Goal weights/goal measurements are positive motivators but time tends to be more of a stress. Everybody loses weight differently!
- Understand that your boobs will more than likely change sizes. A lot. I personally went from a 36C to 36B to 34B to 34C to 32D and then down to a 32C where I have stayed. When your weight is fluctuating, so do da gurls. Get remeasured every 5-10 pounds and buy new bras accordingly. It completely changes the way your clothes fit (I worked at Victoria’s Secret for 3 years and I can’t stress this enough).
- Find what motivates you and hold onto it for dear life. Losing motivation is the biggest factor for people not losing weight. I don’t care if you find motivation in weighing yourself twice a day, trying to fit into a prom dress, or simply trying to be healthier. You do you girl, but remind yourself daily what you are doing you for.
- Know that it will become a habit! This is seriously the biggest thing. Once you can stick to a clean eating plan and a workout schedule for about a month, it becomes second nature. I don’t even think about bad food. Like the idea of walking into the chips and cookie isle at Safeway doesn’t even cross my mind. The option of not running and going to the gym doesn’t ever go into my brain. It just BECOMES HABIT.
- ENJOY YOURSELF! Don’t be one of the people that is just sitting there in a corner all sad eating a bag of lettuce. Eat healthy food that you actually enjoy eating. Do workouts you actually enjoy doing. You won’t be successful if you are miserable every day you are trying to lose weight. It can be fun, make it so!
- Love your body now. It doesn’t need explaining. You look hot now, you will look hot when you lose weight. You will look hot every day in between. Embrace it. Embrace the Glen Coco. Embrace the fabulous.
Absolutely love this but please please please don’t weigh yourself twice a day. I did so and it only created a really unhealthy and obsessive mindset.
aesthetic-intelligence asked: For the person asking how to stop binging, just get more fiber in your diet to help you feel full for longer. Some fruits that are fiber dense- Apples,blackberries, raspberries, and papaya. Every time you snack choose a combination of three food items. Each snack should contain some protein, some fiber, and some vitamins and minerals. Once you're more conscious of your snacking choices, you're no longer snacking mindlessly. You may eat a few more calories but you'll feel full for longer!
Usually before and after pictures are of people losing weight, but for me the 50+ pounds I’ve gained over the past 4 years are a personal triumph. Recovering from an eating disorder is a long road, but I’ve learned to value my life and my body and now I’m the healthiest (physically and mentally) I’ve ever been. I used to blackout after jogging half a mile, but just this passed weekend I hiked 12 miles without issue. Seeing all the incredible things my body can do through yoga, trail running, and rugby has really helped me finally love myself no matter what size.