Fitness Tips

My fitness journey, nearly 5 years in. 145lbs down and stronger than ever! Sustainable, long term weight loss is possible.

Don’t underestimate what you can do with time. Most people give up too quickly. They expect results to be faster. This has taken nearly 5 years. This did not happen from doing endless hours of cardio and from eating as little as possible and only eating “clean” foods. I tried that approach many times before and any results I did get never lasted long. I often felt hopeless. That something was wrong with me. I thought I was meant to be a heavier person and that due to genetics, hormones, etc… this was just how life was going to be. But then something unexpected happened. I got pregnant and gained even more weight rapidly! My pregnancy ended up being high risk. I had to deliver my precious baby early since I developed preeclampsia. Just home from the hospital with my 4 lb baby to care for, I knew once and for all I was finished with all this yo-yo diet nonsense. I was going to lose the weight, I was going to get strong, I was going to do it sustainably, and I was going to love myself every step of the way. I chose to focus less on the big picture and instead focused on the small things I could do each day.

During nap time I dove deep into learning about science based approaches for sustainable fat loss. I applied what I was learning and upped my protein intake, started resistance training to build muscle, and used a small calorie deficit to elicit fat-loss. I have only ever lost around 3/4 a pound on average a week during while dieting. Yes, that’s right. I’ve utilized diet breaks, calorie cycling, reverse dieting, and other tactics to make it easier to adhere to rigors of being in a calorie deficit. I’ve taken long periods at maintenance to ensure that the fat-loss results I achieved were results I could maintain on an enjoyable amount of food and a realistic amount of activity.

Nearly 5 years in and you better believe that I am so glad I never gave up even when there were days and weeks that I felt so far away from my goals.

If you are curious to have me as your 1 on 1 coach so I can help you along your own sustainable fitness journey find more details about my affordable fitness coaching service through my website. Link below. I will never guarantee “rapid results”. But I can help you learn about sustainable techniques for your body and mindset so you can have lasting results. You will still have to do the work, but I will use my knowledge and experience to help remove the guesswork out of the process so you can achieve your goals with a custom program based on you, your starting point, goals and preferences.💚

www.melaniewales.sustainableliving.com

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