8 Ways You Can Kickstart Your Weight Loss Journey Right Now!

8 Ways You Can Kickstart Your Weight Loss Journey Right Now!

Looking to start a Kickstart Weight loss Journey?

With over 6 months into the new year, you’re probably like many other people who have found yourself evaluating yourself to determine if you have lived up to your new years weight loss resolution. Maybe you, like many others promised yourself that you would lose 10 lbs by mid year or perhaps maybe you said you would start eating healthier and now that mid year has arrived you haven’t done any of the things you have set to achieve. While it may be discouraging to be midway through the year and still not seeing weight loss, theres still hope for your journey. Here are five ways you can kickstart your weight loss journey right now.

1. Eat Breakfast

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Contrary to popular belief, skipping meals is not the way you lose weight. In fact, if you skip breakfast alone you are risking your ability to kick off your metabolism each day. Skipping breakfast causes your body to operate at a slower pace and the slower your body moves the more chances you are to overeat during the day. Dietitians recommend that when eating breakfast that you eat balanced, high fiber grains that also include fruit and protein.

2. Snacking Between Meals

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Many people assume that eating in between meals could cause you to gain weight but in fact the total opposite is true but only if you’re eating healthy snacks. If you’re a busy 9-5 person or entrepreneur you may want to pack your snacks into small one serving containers to insure you’re not over consuming. Even over-consumption of the good stuff could lead to over eating.

3. Ask For Take Home Containers Before You Eat Out

If you are a person who usually overeats when you go out to dinner, ask for a to go plate before you begin your meal. This will make it easier for you to avoid overeating especially now that restaurant portion sizes are continuing to increase in size.

4. Eat With Your Non-Dominant Hand

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This may seem a little odd but that’s the point. Eating with your non- dominant hand will not only be uncomfortable but it will stop you from eating too much during your next meal.

5. Drink Water

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Most people don’t drink enough water during the day. Not even the biggest athletes in the world. Staying hydrated is not only great for your health but it’s also a great factor in helping you feel full especially when you’re experiencing hunger pains. Some experts even suggests that when you drink water as oppose to other high calorie drinks, you are allowing yourself the opportunity to be saved from empty calories. If you still are unsure how many glasses of water you should drink each day, start small. Consider drinking one glass of water with every meal and snack you have throughout the day.

6. Eat Whole Grains

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If you're having a hard time determine what types of foods you should eat, consider whole grains with low sugar. This will easily have you feeling much fuller while consuming less calories. It is also a great way to help your body in its’ fight against heart disease and other health problems.

7. Add in 10 Minutes of Physical Activity

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Studies have shown that adding 10 minutes of exercise in your day can jumpstart your weightless journey practically overnight. Additionally, exercise has also been known to have a positive impact on your metabolism. Bear in mind however, just because you are exercising more does not mean it’s now time for you to start eating more cupcakes.

8. Remember Why You Started

Ever heard the popular slogan, mind over matter? The same is true when it comes to weight loss. If you want to insure that you are losing weight at the pace you would like, remind yourself of exactly why you started your weight loss journey. Did you start because you wanted to be healthier? Did you start because you wanted to live longer? Whatever that reason is, continue to recall that one reason especially on the days that you feel like giving up.

Losing weight doesn’t have to be a daunting task. In fact, losing weight can be the beginning of your best life yet and how you handle it is solely in your hands.

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Being Depressed Does Not Make You Lazy

A person is not 'lazy' because they're in bed all day, likely feeling trapped by their own mind.

Anyone who has ever dealt with depression -- whether it be due to major depressive disorder, dysthymia, postpartum depression, seasonal affective disorder, or the low of a bipolar disorder -- knows that being depressed isn't a choice, and it isn't just a fleeting feeling.

Nobody chooses their mental illness, and that includes people with any form of depression.

Because, really, who wants to choose to hate themselves? Who wants to live a life where they feel trapped in their own brain and body, where they either can't eat or can't stop eating, can't sleep or can't stop sleeping, where nothing is fun and everything is a burden? Most importantly, who wants to live a life where the idea of suicide comes up as a 'good idea'?

Spoiler alert: Having depression isn't some glamorous life of pretty mascara-lines down your face while an equally pretty and also sad boy holds you in his arms.

Having depression is not being able take care of your basic hygiene because you can't get the energy to do it. Having depression is being unable to focus on and enjoy something that used to get your blood rushing. Having depression is a fight to do what you need to do, likely being unable to do it, and feeling like you're utterly worthless because of that failure.

Another spoiler alert: Being unable to do tasks that are perceived as 'simple' is not laziness when you're in a major depression.

A person is not being 'lazy' because they haven't done a certain thing. A person is not 'lazy' because they're in bed all day, probably feeling trapped while they fight with themselves to get out of bed and do something.

While mental illness should never be used as an excuse, it's important for the person with depression and the people around that person to understand.

The person with depression needs to recognize that there is only so much they can do, needs to recognize they need to get help, and needs to be gentle with themself until they find some footing to start climbing back to proper functioning.

The people around need to recognize that this person is hurting, much like someone in a hospital after a horrific accident is. When someone's in the hospital, people swarm to try helping or send condolences and 'get better soon' cards. That's what someone suffering from depression needs.

They're both in similar situations:

The person with depression and the person in the hospital are suffering. They both want to get better. They both need the help and support of loved ones.

If you or a loved one needs help, there are plenty of resources available. The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline has a phone number you can call for anything ranging from immediate suicide prevention to resources that will help. If the idea of a phone call causes an anxiety attack (I know that feeling), I believe they now have online chat available.

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16 Life Lessons I Learned in 2017

My most important takeaways from the year.

2017 was a wild ride. The year was filled with incredible moments that changed me as a person and I learned some important life lessons. These are my 16 biggest takeaways and lessons learned.

16. Sunscreen.

Always wear SPF if you'll be out in the sun. Even if you're driving in the car, wear SPF. Going to Seattle? Wear sunscreen. 2017 was definitely the year of horror-story sunburns and I now carry sunscreen with me at all times. (And no, that isn't an exaggeration.)

15. Procrastinating a 30 page paper rarely ends well

Do I really have to explain this one? Just don't do it. Even if its only a 15 page paper, its so much easier to write when it isn't the night before. There are very few reasons to procrastinate it. It isn't worth the few extra episodes of Gossip Girl that you can watch (for the fifth time) if you keep putting it off.

14. Worrying about World War III is not worth your time

This is a tricky one, but very applicable. For the most part, worrying about things you cannot control is a waste of your time and won't make you feel any better. This includes anything relating to the world falling apart.

13. Get rid of those toxic friendships

Seriously. Just do it already. If they suck the joy from your life and only create negativity, they don't belong in your life. If you don't like who you're becoming around them, they probably need to go as well.

12. ...but don't burn any bridges

There are a few occasions that warrant this, but for the most part, it tends to be overkill and often more destructive than helpful. Don't let your emotions lead you to do something stupid.

11. Decluttering your life is one of the best things you can do for yourself

Get rid of the crap you've been accumulating since middle school. If it means nothing to you, get rid of it immediately. You'd be surprised how much stuff you have that you didn't realize existed.

10. People can surprise you, for the better and for the worse

I'll just leave this one here without an explanation.

7. Ghosting is real, y'all

Stop wondering what happened or why they've stopped communicating with you, even though it may hurt. You don't need closure if you understand that (for whatever reason) they no longer want any sort of relationship with you. Also, try not to ghost too much.

6. A belief system is everything

Life is many, many times easier if you have something to fall back on when times get tough. Religion and faith are the best, but having something there is incredibly valuable.

5. Your friends need you as much as you need them

They are (and were) there for you when you need (or needed) them. Do not abandon them when they need you the most. It may not be fun, but you need to do it anyway.

4. Trust your gut

Maybe I've watched too much NCIS, but listen to and trust your gut. You're probably right. (I should also note that many of Gibbs' rules were very applicable this year as well.)

3. Do not, under any circumstance (ever), let anyone push you around

It doesn't matter who they are or how they're doing it, don't let them. Know your worth and use it to make sure they can't push you around.

2. When you find good friends, hold them tight and don't let go

Good friends are hard to come by. When you find those incredible people, remember how great they are and cherish them.

1. No risk is too bold to take

You might fail spectacularly, but you may also succeed in grand fashion. Do not be afraid to do something outside of your comfort zone or unlike you. Something good may come from it and you'll be glad you did.

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