I have done a lot to my body over the last 14 years of marriage from the weight gain and loss from nine pregnancies (7 live births and two miscarriages) to the devastating and crippling effects of Rheumatoid Arthritis on my body! Three years ago I decided I was going to take my health back for my sake and my families. I got tired of feeling down because of extra weight and swollen, achy, misaligned joints and decided to finally do something about it!
The road hasn’t always been easy or stress free and there were times when I just wanted to give up! But I never did.. I just kept putting one foot in front of the other each day and did what I needed to do! I pressed on…I persevered… I showed courage, diligence and endurance! I kept my eye on my goal and didn’t let anything deter me! And I was able to lose forty pounds and able to decrease the amount of pain and swelling in my joints!
How did I do it? Let me share with you my top ten tips!
My Ultimate Top Ten List To Take Back Your Health
1. Exercise at least thirty minutes a day 3-4 times a week. For me this meant jogging on the treadmill, taking walks with my husband, weight training and sit ups. Some days were really busy for me and I had to split my workout time up by doing fifteen minutes in the morning and fifteen in the evening. Splitting up the time helped me to keep my goal on track!
2. Drink tons of water! Take your current weight and divide it by 2 and that will give you a ballpark range of your daily water intake! Not only will water flush out toxins in your body, it will give your skin a more youthful appearance, and help you feel full to avoid snacking.
3. Throw out the scale or at least hide it for awhile! You don’t need to stress about whether or not the numbers or going up or down! You don’t need the extra stress, guilt, or pressure those numbers give you to make you feel discouraged! I took the batteries out of the scale till I could feel a difference in the way my clothes fit! When I finally got back on the scale I had a great surprise! I had lost 10 pounds! Talk about a great motivator!
4. No snacks! Yes I gave up snacks completely except for rare occasions! I found with the extra water I was drinking I didn’t need them. I felt fuller. Plus I discovered if you keep yourself busy around the house setting goals and organizing you don’t have time to think about snacking! For me being idle contributed to eating out of boredom!
5. Get a little sunshine everyday! I’m not kidding even a slow walk to the mailbox will do wonders for your mood and the natural light from the sun helps your vitamin D intake! Lack of vitamin D can make you feel tired, fatigued, and sluggish! Plus being outdoors is a great stress reducer. When we take the time to slow down and enjoy Gods creation there is a sense of calm that comes over you!
6. Visit the dentist regularly. Being a mom of eight I tend to put my husband and my children’s needs before mine–including dental care! Last year, I finally took the steps to put my dental care first and scheduled deep cleaning and scaling for myself! Although the process was a little scary I am so happy with the results! My teeth haven’t looked or felt better since I was younger! Plus I saw a dramatic reduction in the swelling from my rheumatoid arthritis! Who knew bacteria in your mouth could affect your joint swelling? I’m beginning to realize the effects of my dental care with the overall health of my body!
7. Feed your soul with Gods living word! You can make all the changes on the outside that you want but until you fill your inside with Gods word you will never be truly happy or truly at peace, or content with yourself! We as women need to realize we are created in HIS image and find the peace in that instead of the ridiculous standards the world puts on us with perfectionism! You need a strong, vibrant relationship with Jesus to feel this and it starts with surrendering your life to him, praying and reading his word daily!
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8. Just keep moving! Stay active during the day! Find something productive to do and stay busy! Resist the urge to sit and watch tv–or better yet get rid of the tv! I did and it’s the best thing I ever did! Listen to a podcast or music as you work around the house or organize! All that moving counts for calorie burning!
9. Eat smaller portions. Size really does matter. We should be eating portions of food equivalent to the size of your palm. Most of our meals are over portioned and with the sedentary lifestyle most Americans live in front of the tv those extra sized meals lead to extra calories!
10. Cut out sugar! This is a hard one but I did it, I did it even when I didn’t feel like, even when something looked REALLY good, and even when everyone else was eating something sweet. I allowed myself one exception for special occasions or holidays in which I allowed myself alittle taste of something sweet! I stopped drinking soda and switched completely over to water.
You may not realize it but the sugar we consume can sabotage our bodies. There are two ways that sugar can sabotage your body and cause fat storage. Extra glucose is the first problem. Anytime you fill your body with more fuel than it actually needs (and this is very easy to do when eating foods with high sugar content), your liver’s sugar storage capacity is exceeded. When the liver is full to the max, the excess sugar is converted by the liver into fatty acids (fat) and returned to the bloodstream. It is then moved throughout your body and stored as fat wherever you tend to store adipose fat cells. The typical places for women are the the stomach, hips, butt, and breasts. Scary right? That’s why I chose to just say NO!
These tips worked for me to obtain my weight loss goals and I hope they’ll work for you! If you have additional tips and tricks from your personal weight loss story I would love to hear them! Drop me a comment below.
About the Author: Hi, I’m Sharon! Let me tell you a Iittle about myself. I am a born again child of God, a mother of seven children and one stepchild whose ages range from newborn to 21, and a wife to a bi -vocational evangelist. My house is loud, crazy, and depending on what time of the day probably messy. Join me as I navigate through life’s ups and downs, struggle to break out of daily survival mode, and get intentional about faith, finances, and family.