Losing Weight Can Be Foolproof…

…if you want it to be.

I have a love/hate relationship with food. I LOVE to eat it, but I HATE that it all goes to my hips and stomach.

The Vintage Modern Wife working out

Exhibit A- hips, stomach, and Hilary Duff arms

Living in Texas, I find that it’s hard to hate food. You’ve got two important staples: Mexican and Southern. Not to mention, there’s an Olive Garden in EVERY town. It makes wanting to be skinny very difficult. Also, it’s really hot here in Texas like 98% of the year. Who wants to work out?!

I’ve always been insecure with my body, and when I met Mathew I decided I needed to change. In 6 months I lost 60 lbs by just eating healthy the first 3 months and then added working out to the mix (5-6 days a week for 3 hrs a day) for the last 3 months. It was intense, but it helped me to get rid of my “Hilary Duff arms” as my sister tells me.

Hilary Duff

notice the “Hilary Duff arms” aka little chunky (I love her and her arms so to me it’s a compliment haha) via

Anyway, I obviously lost weight once before (and fast) and I can do it again. I’ve put my mind to it and I’m working my butt off to lose at least 10 lbs by BlissDom. I’ve lost 5 already, so I’m halfway there! Blissdom isn’t the reason I want to lose it, but it’s just a small goal.

People are already tweeting me and asking what I’m doing to lose the weight, so I thought I’d give you a little insight into how it’s working for me.

6 foolproof ways to lose weight for good! This site has some great tips! Can't wait to start using them!

1. Drink lots of water.ย I usually don’t like to drink during my day. Call me weird, but I don’t really get thirsty. I could go a whole meal andย maybe drink 2 sips the whole meal. However, it’s important to drink lots of water to help flush out the fat. So I try to at least drink 4 glasses of water a day (about 8 cups).

track how much water you drink

track how much water you drink via

 

I saw this awesome idea on Pinterest to drink all your water, and it’s a really good idea if you’re like me and feel like you need a reminder.

2. Track what you eat. I feel like tracking what I eat gives me more accountability. I use MyFitnessPal.com (with the handy dandy app on my phone) and write down what I eat all day so I don’t go over my calories. Also, the fact that my friends can see what I’m eating too makes me want to eat healthier in case they look at my meals for the day!

3. Get a heart rate monitor.ย Those machines at the gym don’t ever do you justice. They never seem to get the calories burned correctly.

 

I have the Polar FT4 heart rate monitor and I wear it every time I work out. I initially didn’t want a HR monitor with a strap, but I honestly can’t even feel it during workouts.

4. Don’t give up ALL your favorites. I’m a huge advocate for eating everything in moderation. I don’t believe that I should give up my chicken alfredo or Chuy’s chips and queso or my favorite- mango margarita. HOWEVER, I do believe you need to eat in moderation if you choose to order things like that. It should be occasional and it should be in a small portion (limit yourself to 10 chips and then pour sugar or too much salt all over your chips to “ruin” them so you don’t eat more). To me, eating better is a LIFESTYLE CHANGE and not a diet. Secret shakes and cleanses and meal replacements aren’t a lifestyle change move- they’re a diet. Diets don’t work…lifestyle changes do. I eat bread/pasta/chips when I’m trying to lose weight because you need to learn portion control. Let me tell you something- if you try meal replacements and shakes, etc you’re only hurting yourself because you’re wanting instant gratification instead of LIFETIME gratification.

5. Go lean green and mean!ย As a snack if I get hungry, I stick with green monster smoothies. Neely turned me on to them and they’re amazingly delicious and healthy. I adapted a recipe for mine from her, and I’ll happily share it on the blog next week if y’all like.

Green Monster Smoothie

Green Monster Smoothie

6. Cardio it up. I’ve been doing TONS of cardio lately. I like to do weights too, but definitely more cardio. Get on that treadmill or elliptical and put on the Katy Perry station on Pandora (trust me, you’ll thank me). As long as you’ve got some good music with an awesome beat, you’ll be just fine. Give yourself at least 30-45 mins of good cardio and then finish up with some abs and a little bit of weights.

It’s not rocket science, but it definitely can be difficult. I’ve always yo-yoed with my weight, but somehow I always go back to wanting to be healthy. Healthy is important. We all want to live long and healthy lives, so what are we all waiting for?!

Let’s make this FOOLPROOF and only have to use this guide ONCE!

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  1. These sound like amazing tips! Go get it girl! I love watching people lose weight and make lifestyle changes, it’s so encouraging and exciting. I also love that you focused on it being a lifestyle change – so true! I have done that my entire life and it’s really worked. I love food way too much to cut certain things out entirely! Great post!
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  2. thanks for the tips! I love this. I’ve been so busy and haven’t had a chance to read up on my fav. blogs lately but glad I checked in today. I’ve gained a significant (read: sad to admit, almost 70 lbs) since I first met my husband. I lost some weight for the wedding, but shopping for a suit yesterday left me in tears- I went up a size. My goal is to lose 20 lbs before my friend’s wedding in June!
    I love the idea for the water. I too don’t drink ALL day. My coworkers call me a camel- but I know this is horrible. I also never drink anything when I am home. And A lot of times I think our body mixes “thirsty” with “hungry” so even though I am just thirsy I eat! oppps!
    I also sit at a desk all day and never get up. So I have made a point to get up every hr for 5 minutes and stretch and maybe do a quick walk around the floor my suite is on and come back! it helps stay “moving”.
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  3. Good luck! I’m also trying to lose ten-fifteen pounds, but I have until June! I’m training for a 5k, so I have a fitness goal, and I’m doing strength training to try to get rid of my own Hilary Duff arms!! Ha! (love her too, though). Here’s to us getting healthy and shedding those pounds!

    Happy Thursday!
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  4. Thank you soooo much for this post! I am also trying to lose about 15-20 pounds right now. And even your pics and reports I read on Instagram are a huge help ๐Ÿ™‚ knowing I’m not alone in this battle! When I moved together with Michael about 1 year ago, I sure started cooking in the evening for him and me to have a nice dinner. BUT: Since I usually have a good meal during my lunch breaks, I actually ate twice a day. Two huge meals a day. Ugh.
    So now that he’s visiting family for a couple of weeks (let`s face it: 3 months!), I am back on my old “Single Lady” track. Means eating healthy during lunch, and just a little bit in the evening. No soda at my house right now. I drink tons of water anyways!
    Another good thing is, that spring is finally arriving in Germany, so I take my bike about 15 miles to bible class and back once a week, plus to church service on Sundays as well. And if I make it home from work at a decent time, I go on little bike tours as well.
    I love hiking, running, cycling and my Wii! I hope my body will go back to normal ASAP! ๐Ÿ™‚
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  5. Thanks for the shoutout. I love the smoothies. As soon as I started drinking them I lost 10 lbs in 2 weeks. ANother good thing is greek yogurt, nuts, and when you are bored going for walks even small 15 min ones

  6. I LOVE YOU TIMES A THOUSAND AND I JUST WANT YOU TO KNOW THAT I AM SO SO PROUD OF YOU!!!!

  7. Good for you Stephanie! That is the best way to look at losing weight….a lifestyle change. I have maintained my weight all my life thinking this way (except in college when I gained the freshman 15!) then I got married and both my hubby and I would excercise and eat healthy together….20 years on we are still doing this!

    You are doing so well!!
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  8. Great tips! I just added you on My Fitness Pal!

    I love cardio too, but I’m a huge advocate for weight training – I weigh heavier now (190) than I did a few years ago after dropping weight using weight watchers (about 170) with just cardio BUT I’m wearing clothes I couldn’t fit back then now because my body has changed with weight training.

    Keep up the great work girl!
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  9. Awesome tips, I am like you I go up and down with my weight, but I always go back into wanting to be healthy and right now I am in the process of losing some weight doing the same things you are doing drinking lots of water and eating healthy foods and off course also eating what I like in moderation I have lost a few pounds already still have a few to go.

    Thanks for the inspiration and motivation ๐Ÿ™‚

    Leslie xx

  10. You can do it!! I need to do it too! lol
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  11. These are amazing tips. I agree with you, moderation is key! I refuse to completely cut things out of my diet or starve/cleanse myself to death because I know it is not a long lasting result. Thanks for sharing these ๐Ÿ™‚
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  12. These are great tips!!! Thank you! I really want to save up for that HR monitor thing. And I need to do that water bottle marker thing, too. I’m so bad about drinking enough water! I used to be SOOO good at it. Gah!

    But the tip about putting sugar or too much salt on your food at a restaurant to keep yourself from eating it…BRILLIANT! HOW have I never thought of that? I hate having the food sit there, knowing I shouldn’t eat it, but doing it anyway because it’s there. Problem solved!

  13. Good for you! You should be proud. I have SO much weight to loose. You’re such an inspiration!
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  14. Great write up!

  15. I love this post! I am trying to lose weight too. I added you on My Fitness Pal. I love that app!

  16. I totally agree with the water and with the cardo! Yay for no more HD arms (too funny)!

    xx
    Kelly
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  17. LOVE these tips! Soooo true! I definitely need to drink more water, bleh. I’m also super stoked to get my heart rate monitor (also the Polar FT4)!!!! I also think another important tip is to make time for working out. Make it a part of your schedule, of your routine. It’s routine for me to work out MWF from 4-4:45. It’s also routine for me to do SOMETHING Tues and Thurs, whether it’s Zumba or running… something! Gotta make time for it and not make excuses.

    I also think small goals like you set are super awesome.
    I aaaaaalso think it’s important to eat in moderation and still treat yourself. Treat yourself to 5 mini dark chocolate hershey’s kisses, don’t just totally rule out sugar and sweets. It won’t work that way and you’re more likely to binge eat.
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  18. LOVE this post, girl! So many amazing tips! I love to workout and try to eat healthy, but I barely drink any water (my max for a day would proboably be 32oz…half of what it’s supposed to be!). I want a polar fit SO badly! I do a lot of workout videos at home, and I literally just make up calorie burned amounts because I have no way of tracking it!
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  19. Stefanie Gladden (Ann Lyfe) says:

    this is great! I’ve wanted to try green smoothies, what is in your green monster smoothies? I’d love to try it out!

  20. I would love to hear your smoothie recipe! I try them out a few different ways, and I don’t know what it is (measurements or what) but when I make them, sometimes I don’t like them. It’s weird!
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  21. Love these tips! You don’t wear the watch all day? Also does it work with MyFitnessPal?
    Congrats on the 5lbs you are rockin’ it!
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