I've stopped focusing on calorie counting and started focusing on eating foods that are filling and nutritious.
I've discovered the Tone It Up plan that teaches you when to eat what.
Sadly, there is no secret. I didn't take a magic pill and drop the pounds. I just changed my lifestyle. I wish I could provide a different reason than the one that I've found works.
Basically, I stopped filling myself with crap and empty calories, stopped taking in more than I was burning off, and started loving making myself feel good. There aren't still days that I would rather sit on the couch than get up and go, and there aren't days when I don't skip a workout. But in the end, I know the feeling of satisfaction is much more worthwhile than the feeling of regret.
I'm not suggesting that I'm skinny or done with my weight loss journey. I just wanted to share my story because it gives me hope and motivation to keep going. I would still like to lose 10 more pounds (I've lost 20 pounds since this time last year), and I'd love to do it by the marathon in January. But that being said, I feel so much better about myself when I look in the mirror, and I know that I won't revert back to what I was doing before. It's also the reason I'm so much more excited to take outfit pictures and share with you my personal style. I'm more excited about how I look in what I'm wearing.
I hope this doesn't sound like I'm overly prideful. While I am proud of myself, I just feel like those of you who have been with me a long time got so tired of hearing me start again and not succeed at losing 3 pounds that one month or 4 pounds that other one. And I thank you for sticking with me. I'm going to keep going!
In the end, this is what it came/comes down to for me:
What lifestyle changes have you made in the last year? How have they changed you?