It takes work!
After my first phone conversation back in January with my nutritionist, Keri Gans, I burst into tears wondering how I was going to commit to changing my entire diet while keeping a daily food journal for a whole year. It was stressful and overwhelming to say the least. Now that I’m a few months into my weight-loss journey, I am settling into a satisfying healthy routine.
Keri helped me realize that this is not a “diet” but a real lifestyle change. I can still enjoy the foods I loved before, I just have to make different choices, or what Keri calls, “small changes.” Trading in white bread and pasta for whole wheat, eating less red meat and making room for more fish and poultry, enjoying chocolate but limiting myself to a small portion are just a few examples—and they’re not so hard to do!
I recently realized that I am now at ease and comfortable with my routine of grocery shopping, cooking, packing food for work, and logging everything in my food journal. And of course, making time to hit the gym and do the exercises recommended by my personal trainer, Stephanie Pipia, while seeking advice on how to get through it all from my life coach, Alison Miller.
I realize now how lucky I am to have been chosen to participate in this amazing journey to transform my life. With my helpful team I am confident I can complete this year-long process and come out of it with the tools I need to commit to a healthy lifestyle for years to come.
Our 2012 Weight Loss Diary writer, Yasmin, is a 32-year-old web content producer who is looking to get healthy and love her body! Follow along on her year-long weight loss journey!