Perfect roast turkey, cornbread, mashed potatoes, pumpkin pie 🤤… It’s absolutely normal to want to enjoy Thanksgiving dinner with our loved ones, but it can lead to negative or conflicting feelings for those of us on a weight loss journey.
You definitely shouldn’t miss out on important traditions or feel deprived, but it can be really helpful to consider the potential challenges ahead of time and make a plan for the big day.
Think about it a few days ahead. Is it better for you to make a light, alternative version to the dinner? Would your family enjoy some little adjustments to the traditional recipes? Or are you going to make a deal with yourself that enjoying a big Thanksgiving meal doesn’t mean your diet is broken forever?
You probably know the basic idea of losing weight: eat less & exercise more. At the beginning of your weight loss journey, you will find that the weight will come off quickly. But then your weight loss might stall even though you are still eating healthy and hitting the gym 3-5 times a week. How to overcome it? The answer might be NEAT.
NEAT stands for Non-Exercise Activity Thermogenesis.
This is a fancy, scientific name for the movement you do when you’re not exercising. Think of everyday stuff you do while living your life, like walking, fidgeting, typing, and cleaning. That is NEAT.
While these activities might seem inconsequential, they burn calories that add up quickly. And those burned calories can make a big difference in your quest to lose weight.
You must burn an extra 3500 calories in a week to lose one pound of fat.
Having that trigger moment to get you back on track and take control over your life doesn’t happen to everyone. At the age of 50, Owen kicked a 34-year-old booze habit, lost 56 lbs (from 203lbs to 147lbs), and even made a career change.
Where are you from? The UK.
What do you do for work/career? I used to be in IT and have switched to Health and Wellbeing.
What are your hobbies or interests? FITNESS !!
Tell us about your lifestyle before you decided to make a change
I was always someone who would often have too many drinks and this came of course with the usual overweight. I thought I was just doing the same as everyone else, but I was really pushing that bit further and having more drinks than others. I was always the one who wanted to stay later and have that 2nd, 3rd, 4th bottle!
At 31 years old, Sherry, one of the members of our Progress Accountability Group and an amazing single mom of four kids, switched from full-on “Mom Mode” to “Healthy Sherry”, losing over 21 kg (46lbs) in just 18 weeks. And that’s just the beginning.
Where are you from? Originally from Australia
What do you do for work/career? Working from home – computer work (so a lot of sitting)
What are your hobbies or interests? Knitting and needlework (again a lot of sitting)
Tell us about your lifestyle before you decided to make a change
I guess my story is a pretty common one.. at least for many moms. I was in “Mom Mode” for the last couple of years…
This basically meant my only focus was doing as much as I could for the kids. I was a single mother of four kids for fours years, so it was all about getting all of them on their feet, focusing entirely on their evolvement.
Nowhere in this Mom Mode mindset was there room for me and for what I would have wanted for myself.
If you struggle staying on plan sometimes then an accountability buddy could be just what you need. In this article we’ll cover the who, why, when and where of finding someone to help you stay on track during your weight-loss journey.
They are not a colleague, nor necessarily a lifelong friend (although they may turn into one), they are the friend and guardian of your weight-loss journey.
It could possibly be even the best decision you’ll ever make for your weight-loss journey.
Easter is coming (pun intended), and we all know what that means for those of us trying to lose weight. Temptation! Countless chocolate bunnies and towers of marshmallow chicks everywhere 😅.
With so many delicious treats, the kids’ Easter eggs hunt coming up, together with that glazed ham sitting in your pantry and staring at you right in the face, one might get a bit anxious when thinking about how to stay true to our progress so far.
We wanted to give you a bit more ammo this Easter, so we put together a list of tips on how to make the best of the holiday if you’re on a weight loss journey. Plus, to show you how other people will be doing it, we’ve asked some of our friends in the Progress Accountability fb group to share with us their plans.
Aiming for a 60 lbs weight loss might sound ambitious, but it is doable, and we have proof! So here’s how to lose 60 lbs from someone who has managed to do it! In 2017, Kendra was at her heaviest, wearing a size 18 and dealing with anxiety. Since then, she has lost 60 lbs (27kg) and dropped to a size 11, but her weight loss journey is far from over. She’s turning this into a lifestyle of “awesomeness”.
Back in October 2018 Kendra posted in the Progress Accountability FB Group where she updated us frequently on how she was progressing: “A year of exercising on a regular basis and eating right can do wonders for one’s mental health. I re-joined the gym a year ago this month. Now approximately 52 lbs less!”
Of course, we wanted to find out more about her journey and some tips on how to drop 60 lbs and reach all your weight loss goals.
Trina has been part of the Progress Accountability Group and using the Progress app for about a year now. Her weight-loss journey is much more than that. It’s her life-changing story of regaining her mental and physical health. Fighting off depression and reinventing herself every year, Trina has managed to go from size 24 to 12.
On November 13, Alyson celebrated her 1st fit-iversary (the first anniversary since beginning her weight loss journey) by posting on the Progress Facebook Group:
“Over 30 kgs lost. Down from size 20+ to 12. Fitter & stronger than ever before. More importantly my chronic health problems have improved massively. Diabetes back under control and nearing remission. My liver disease well in the way to being beaten.”
To find out more about weight loss and how you can go from obesity to a healthy life, in just one year, we had a chat with Alyson, a true inspiration on how to improve life quality and health.
Where are you from? Originally from Henley on Thames, UK
Where do you live now? Newcastle upon Tyne
What do you do for work/career? Digital Project Manager
What are your hobbies or interests? Travelling, Online Gaming (MMORPGs), Hiking, taking flying lessons to get a Private Pilots Licence (which I paused to get well).