Diet Tips from Weight-Loss Bloggers: Elizabeth of One Twenty Five
We’re always telling you that one of the best tools for weight-loss is a great support group…so do you know about this amazing community already out there? Your new motivation might be a click away!
Even if you turn to the Web for fitness tips and motivation, you may not know about the community of personal weight-loss journey blogs updated all the time by real people like you. Not certified nutritionists, not fitness pros—just ladies looking to find their happy weight and get there the right way. I love reading these blogs (Fitblrs, for the ones hosted on Tumblr) because they’re so inspiring. Watching these amazing ladies document their own ups and downs, progress and emotions is a fantastic reminder that you’re not alone on your own get-fit or stay-fit quest, and that everyone has her own struggles. Plus, it’s cool to see strategies and tips that have benefitted real women—which is why I was so excited to track down some of these superstars, and share their favorite words of weight-loss wisdom with you.
Meet Elizabeth, or Liz, as her followers know her, of One Twenty Five. A Toronto-based blogger (though not for long—she’s moving to London in less than a month!), she’s become recognized in the weight-loss blogging community for her honest blogging, amazing sense of humor and crazy-motivating tips. (Marathons, people!) Check out that seriously wow-inducing before and after pic above; though Liz is still on her journey, her transformation thus-far is already striking.
Here are some of the tips Liz shared with us:
Honesty is the best policy, with yourself and the world. It’s incredibly easy not to realize exactly how much you’re eating, and then to lie in bed at night and wonder why you’re not losing weight, so be honest with yourself by starting a blog, or a food journal and writing down everything you eat in it, even if it’s just a for a day or two. It’s amazing (and shocking!) how you’ll see everything quickly adds up, and how that extra slice of cheese does count.
__Also, be honest with the world.__I was always too embarrassed to tell people, “I’m trying to lose weight” as I assumed they would then realize I knew I was overweight, but news flash, I was! Once I got over the fear of telling family and friends I was trying to lose weight, everybody was so supportive, they surprised me in the best way possible, and it helped me a lot.
Exercise is definitely needed in the weight loss journey to get strong, motivated, and healthy, but exercise compliments weight loss, and has to be done in addition to watching one’s food intake. I managed to run two full marathons and gain weight because I thought running gave me a free pass in the kitchen and at restaurants, but it didn’t (at all!). You need to find a happy medium where you’re still watching what you eat and exercising, not just one or the other.
Remember, a goal without a deadline is just a dream, so make sure you have a target date to have lost the weight by, or accomplished your fitness goal by. Give your goals a definitive date, this way you’ll know whether you succeeded, or need to work harder, and your journey doesn’t just drag on (and on!) without you ever succeeding, or failing.
__Lose weight for yourself.__I tried to lose weight for over 15 years for my mom, my sister, the cute boy at school, and the skinny Forever 21 dresses, but no weight ever came off until I decided to lose weight simply for me, myself and I.
__Love ’em, right? Get more of Liz’s fab tips and personal stories at her blog, One Twenty Five.
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