It has been a while since I have written a Flab to Fab post. Thankfully, I can report to you that I have been staying closer to the “FAB” side of things and have not returned to Flab. Staying “FAB” is not easy, it is an every day task! I have to work at eating right every day! I still LOVE cookies and ice cream, oh and french fries… cheese burgers too! I don’t always feel like making the right nutritional choice. Sometimes the thought of another healthy salad makes me want to scream!
Despite having long since reached my goal weight, I still have good days and bad days. I have found that maintenance is a lot harder than losing. I kept myself to a pretty strict routine while trying to drop those last few pounds. Now while maintaining, I have more freedom. Freedom is not always easy. While losing the weight, I retaught myself how to eat properly. I knew that I would never return to my old way of eating. But. once I reached my final goal and loosened up my diet, I also knew that I couldn’t allow myself to let those bad habits slowly creep back into my life.
I attribute my success to BALANCE! I try to eat a mostly healthy diet, consisting of mainly fruits, veggies, complex carbs, and lean meats, making mostly healthy choices. One of the most important things I do is I let myself indulge. A sweet treat every once in a while helps me to be successful the next time I have to decide what to eat.
My diet is balanced and not overly restrictive. It doesn’t just consist of kale and celery. Every once in a while I will let myself have a bowl of ice cream or piece of a huge reese’s peanut butter cookie. The key is to not eat the entire pint of ice cream or the whole cookie all by myself. I love to eat and I love to exercise, but all diet and no exercise is not right, just as all exercise and not eating a healthy diet is also not best.
When I decided to make a drastic dietary change in my life, I knew I didn’t want to be on a “diet”. I wanted to make a lifestyle change that would last forever. Since reaching my final goal weight I follow the 80/20% rule. Eighty percent of what I eat is healthy, and I let myself splurge the other 20% of the time.
Eating healthy is not a chore, it takes thought and preparation, but it isn’t a chore. I have given myself permission to enjoy food. Being able enjoy a special meal with friends and family or have a piece of birthday cake at a party is all part of enjoying life. I allow myself to go on vacation and fully enjoy foods at restaurants that I will not be visiting again for a long time (or possibly ever). It makes the whole balanced healthy diet attainable for a lifetime, not just to reach a specific goal. I don’t want what I do and don’t allow myself to eat to hold me back from living my life. Once again it is all about BALANCE.
Trust me I have tried to only exercise and not eat healthy! For 5 years I diligently worked out so hard, but I always ate whatever I wanted to. It wasn’t until I improved my diet that I finally started to see all the awesome results I had been trying to achieve with exercise only. Going from flab to fab includes both diet and exercise. I also follow the 80/20 rule with exercise. 80% diet 20% exercise.
If you would like to read more about my journey from flab to FAB, you can do so by clicking HERE.
What about you? Have you been on a journey from flab to FAB? Have you made any major lifestyle and diet changes? What do you do to keep yourself on track and accountable?