I’m sure that all of us have made changes in life in an attempt to lose weight but very few of us have successfully reached our goals. There are so many different ways to do it, some being rather extreme and others, not all that effective. According to at least one study, 2 out of 5 people who go on a diet give up within 7 days. Only about 20% of those who go on a diet are able to stay on it for three months.
Let’s face it, dieting is hard but there is a silver lining to that dark cloud. It is not impossible to lose weight and with determination and willpower, you can see your way to success.
When many people go on diets, they are so focused on the day to day that they forget to focus on the bigger picture. When you aren’t focusing on the goal, it becomes harder to resist the delicious foods that are directly in front of you.
One of the biggest mistakes that most people make in their weight loss journey is to try to jump into the middle of the journey rather than starting small. We all want to see results quickly but a weight loss journey is not about seeing quick gains, it is about making lifestyle changes that would move the needle in the right direction permanently.
When people make drastic changes all at one time, it is next to impossible to continue for long. There have been a few successful individuals, however, who follow through and saw success by taking things one day at a time.
That was the case with Keely Dellit, an Australian mother of three. The lifestyle changes that she made bit by bit helped her to reach her goal. In the end, she dropped 125 pounds over 14 months.
In order to achieve her goal, she didn’t hit the gym daily, go through surgery or drink a lot of shakes or teas. The primary way that she lost weight was to take things slowly and to stay patient.
Keely gave an interview and described her fitness journey. When she started out, she was tipping the scales at almost 280 pounds but she wasn’t always that way.
As a teenager, she began working in a fast food restaurant and that didn’t do her any favors. When she got older, she had her first two children and at that point, gave up on watching her weight. She thought it was beyond her control but then her third child was born.
“My turning point happened the day I got home from the hospital after having my third child. When I finally stepped on the scale – just days after giving birth – I weighed 278 pounds, my highest weight ever. I knew I had to make a change, not just because of the number, but because I felt unhealthy and exhausted. And because I wanted to get healthy for my three kids.”
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#throwback Thursday 18 weeks, 4.5 months difference, 38kg (83lbs) lost. No expensive diets, MLM scammy products or gym memberships were required. Just consistently healthy WHOLESOME eating and daily exercise. You can be a busy mum and still find time to put yourself and your health first and take back control of your life.
In the end, she said that weight loss was not all that big of a problem because she made small changes weekly rather than trying to do it all at once. Instead of getting a medium fries, she got small but she didn’t quit them all together. Rather than drinking soda or juice, she switched to sparkling water and she began using brown rice instead of white rice. It was a slow process but it allowed her to grow accustomed to her new lifestyle. As she did so, she continued making changes.
Here is a sample of her diet:
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Homemade tuna patties with brocollini and space for something extra to add in (probably avocado because im obsessed) Little bit of meal prepping to make sure I have a healthy lunch option ready to go. If I’m not prepared I’m way more likely to talk myself into getting hot chips and gravy and telling myself it’s easier and quicker.
Breakfast: Two scrambled eggs and a small bowl of oatmeal with berries.
Lunch: A large salad (lettuce, avocado, cucumber, carrots, peppers) with grilled chicken or tuna.
Dinner: Steamed fish with a big pile of cooked veggies.
Snack: Protein bars, carrots sticks or natural kinds of peanut butter.
Keely’s diet is one that most of us could follow without too much difficulty. It isn’t weighed down with extra calories or carbohydrates. She also drinks a lot of water to stay hydrated.
The dietary changes were a big part of it but she also started working out. This can be challenging when you are heavy because it promotes fatigue and puts extra pressure on the joints. She decided to work her way into this process as well.
“For the first six months, I didn’t follow a specific exercise plan – I just made it up on the fly: walking around the park with my children or following workouts I found on YouTube at home. But I got stronger and more confident, I decided it was time to step up my workouts, so I joined a boot camp class,” Keely said.
She took her time rather than rushing into the middle of the boot camp sessions.
“I worked my way up to these boot camp sessions every day (sometimes twice a day!). In fact, I loved it so much I became a certified personal trainer so I could actually teach classes at the gym.”
It took 14 months from the day that she stepped onto the scale and she had lost 125 pounds. She started out at 278 and although it was tempting at times to give up, she stayed the course.
She also has advice for those who would like to lose weight. It is “Start slow and focus on all the little successes along the way.” Quite simply, there is no substitution for perseverance. It worked for Keely and it can work for you as well.