How To Lose Weight Right

Contributed By Samantha Zeigler, Author of Running and Cupcakes
Back in late October I wrote about how I was joining an 8-week weight loss challenge hosted by a fellow Rhody Blogger. Since then the challenge has been extended until the New Year to keep everyone accountable through both Thanksgiving and Christmas.
But even more exciting than that is that since November 1st I had lost 7 pounds!
I started at 141 pounds, with a goal weight of 130 pounds. Only 4 pounds to go! Woohoo!
Today I am going to share with you just how I am doing it.
1) Eating LOTS of fruits and veggies. I’ve been including fruits and veggies in EVERY meal and every snack. It makes a difference in satiation. I’m trying to get everyone I know involved too – I shared a big bowl of veggies and hummus with my friend Claudia the other night and I made this beautiful veggie tray for my birthday party, and the entire thing went!

2) Massive amounts of H2O and tea.  I have a 32 oz water bottle that I fill a couple of times per day while I’m at work. At home I drink lots of tea (decaf) and also use a 22 oz mason jar for my water.
3) More plant and grain based proteins. I already rarely eat red meat and pork, but I’ve cut back on the amount of meat I’m eating in general. Last week I made quinoa with grape tomatoes sautéed in garlic and served it with a wrap spread with hummus stuffed with spring mix. I also made homemade rice and beans, which lasted me almost the entire week.
I’ve even found myself being more careful when I eat out – I ordered eggplant parmigiana (not the best I know, but could be worse), a turkey/portabella burger, sweet potato instead of regular fries (hey, no judging!). I ate almost entirely vegetarian last week!
4) Switching up the workouts. I haven’t done much of the same stuff in my workouts at all lately. I’ve been lifting, I’ve been running, I’ve been spinning, I’ve been doing yoga. But none of these workouts  have been the same “flavor” at all! I ran a ladder workout on the treadmill, I ran a 5k, I did a leg workout with a coworker unlike any I’ve done before, my yoga instructor changes stuff up every week, and RPM was taught by a different instructor this past week so it was a release I had never taken! Plus I’ve been rearranging furniture, moving boxes, walking the dog, you name it! And I live on the second floor so I have no choice but to use the stairs – a lot. Especially on laundry day.
Here’s a bit more of a look into what I’ve been eating lately:
So there you have it! My way to successfully shed weight during the holiday season!
What secrets do you have to losing weight?

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