This week I have finally reached my half way goal. To date I have now lost 30kg. Finally I have lost my baby weight (my baby is now 19) and I haven’t been this size since I was around 16-17 (I’m 43 now). Here is a before and after shot to give you some idea of the physical transformation I’ve gone through.
So you may be wondering what my weight loss has to do with sustainability? Well I believe it has a lot to with sustainability, clean living and even enjoying the great outdoors.
I decided just over twelve months ago that I was never going to diet again. Instead, I thought about all the information I had gained throughout all my years of yo-yo dieting and did some further reading on the Paleo lifestyle, which seems to be the latest trend.
Now I’m not about to go into a full Paleo meltdown and go all hardcore on you but I did like some of the concepts. I bought myself some Paleo cookbooks, joined some different Facebook groups and checked Pinterest for inspiration.
The concepts of this Paleo lifestyle that rang true to me and I believe have a lot to do with my success include:
- Get rid of the processed crap;
- Buy organic where possible;
- Grow your own; and
- Buy as locally as possible.
For a person who wants to reduce their ecological footprint these concepts really related to me. Plus there are some really great recipes out there.
So that was the basis of my journey 12 months ago. It really made me look at my lifestyle rather than just my diet. It also helped me get to know what wonderful produce is available in my town/region. The Riverland is never short of fresh fruit and veg. With that, it has also helped me form some great friendships, which brings me to mindset.
This healthier way of living has not only helped me lose weight but it has increased my confidence and improved my mindset. A healthier more positive mindset helps you to become more resilient and I personally believe it has helped me to lose weight.
Now I’m going to put it out there that I have indulged in both eating and drinking. However this also has a lot to do with a better mindset. If I am going to enjoy the local beer, wine and food I’ll do it on a weekend with friends and family. I’ve learnt to think more positively about food by enjoying and celebrating it in more creative ways and sharing that with the people I love.
If you are looking to shift some stubborn weight ditch the dieting and look at your lifestyle. A sustainable lifestyle could just be the key to your success.
Until next time. Take care.