…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.

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1. Drink lots of water. 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 and 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. 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! 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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