Monday, September 24, 2012

Where To Start:

As a stay at home mom I spend a lot of time talking to a one year old, and while she is funny and smart, she is not quite the conversationalist yet. Her gurgles and giggles consume my day from eight in the morning until eight at night, pretty much around the clock. Since she was born I have been on the go, with hardly anytime to myself, and I figured what better way to vent then through a blog, and with people that are going to understand. I also hope to help those looking to shed a few pounds!

Scarlett was born in August of last year, and after I had her I began to think of all the things in my life that are good and bad, The biggest bad was my health. I was 50 pounds overweight and predisposed to diabetes, hypertension, obesity, heart problems, cancer (you name it and it is there). And I realized that if I did not change my ways I wasn't going to be around long enough to see her reach all of the milestones in her life.

My Ah-ha! moment was when I went to the doctor and they told me that I was obese! Me obese?! I had never been considered obese..I was average..until after baby and staying home all day stuffing my face. That doctor telling me that basically I was fat was the motivation I needed to get my stuff together and change my life.

That night, after my doctors appointment, I went home and began researching the first steps to over hauling an unhealthy life. The number one thing I read was do not jump in with both feet, but take it a toe at a time. So I did. I began making small changes. The first was I stopped drinking soda, tea, juice anything with artificial sweeteners. And instead started drinking water.

Ugh, water! Just plain H2O. With a cup of almond milk in the morning.

I lost an instant 10 pounds because I wasn't retaining water anymore.

It is truly amazing how the simple things like drinking water can improve your health. I noticed changes within a few days of drinking just water (not just weight loss). My skin was healthier, I went pee a lot more which is good because that means your kidneys are filtering better, and I didn't seem to want to snack as much. So I would have to say that my first piece of advice to someone looking to start a healthier lifestyle as well as trying to lose weight is cut out any unnecessary liquid calories. The only thing to drink you really need is water. And most of the time when you feel hungry it is simply your body telling you to have a good ol' cup of H2O.

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