Here’s the one tip I’d give someone looking to do the same…
When I came to realize that I needed to lose weight, I never decided on a set amount of weight to lose or a structured way of going about it. I just knew in my heart that if I stayed that weight, the chances of fulfilling my potential were slim to none. It became obvious that I wasn’t going to be able to live the healthy and authentically happy lifestyle that I was starting to crave.
I am someone who goes with the flow and when I think of structure, I feel tense. Immediately I feel a loss of creativity and authenticity. All I can think about is how to get out of it. Some people do well with structure, others don’t. I am a free spirit and every ounce of me craves freedom, so I knew an existing weight loss plan was never going to work, I had to make it up as I went along.
I Started Slowly
I started out slow and with small steps, the obvious steps that everyone knows. I drank more water, I decreased the amount of sweets and I began exercising. When the results started showing and I started to connect again with my true self, I took it further. I learned more about cooking, I started running races and I slowly got away from eating processed food. I started to feel my inner power and I dove further in. I began to incorporate green smoothies, I studied plant-based nutrition and I went completely vegan.
In total, I lost 25 kilos over the course of approximately four years. It sounds like a lot of weight, but I did it in such an enjoyable and healthy way that it never felt daunting at the time. I didn’t dread the scale, I didn’t feel deprived and I didn’t force anything. I never really considered it a weight loss journey anyway, more like a journey to discovering who I was by shedding the weight that represented who I wasn’t.
Many people ask me advice on how to be healthier and how to lose weight and the most important tip that I can give anyone, is make it a goal to stop eating food that isn’t food. We have become so accustomed and much too accepting of “food” that is available to us. There is so much food out there that is loaded with chemicals, food dyes, additives and more funky stuff that shouldn’t even be considered edible. At first, cutting out some of your favourites may seem like an impossible task and maybe it is…but only in the beginning. I have been there but when you start to focus on getting away from eating crappy food, everything changes. Over time, weight loss is inevitable when you eat the way nature designed you to. Start slow, listen to your body and be patient, it’ll take time, but don’t all good things?