Reader Inspiration: The Jerp Holds Reader Accountable to Get in Shape – Part Two

20 Jan

Dear Fatty(ish), 

Thank you for answering my questions! It sounds like you already have an idea of what you’re doing wrong, which makes my job pretty easy. I used your responses to come up with a few healthy weight loss tips that I really think can help you lose those pesky pounds pretty easily. 

  • Learning how to eat healthy at lunchtime is a must! Not only will eating a nice healthy lunch help you to drop those extra pounds, you’ll also be able to increase your energy level throughout the day and save a ton of money (which can be used to purchase a cute spring wardrobe in your new itty bitty size!). I know you don’t want to hear this, but bringing your lunch to work is where it’s at. I understand that it’s an annoying task. Personally, making lunch is the worst 10 minutes of my day, but it’s worth it. Make your healthy lunch while you’re cooking dinner or before you go to bed at night, so there’s no chance you’ll forget in the morning. You mentioned you’re not a salad fan, so try things such as a turkey sandwich in a whole wheat wrap, vegetable soup, tuna in a pita, grilled chicken breast, or even the occasional Lean Cuisine. Whatever floats your boat.
  • Oink it up in between meals. That’s right, in telling you how to eat healthy, I’m actually ordering you to eat more often. Not bad, huh? You said you tend to pig out in the middle of the day on the wrong things because you’re starving. Well of course you are, it’s a long time between breakfast and lunch! Bring a morning and an afternoon snack to work. This will satisfy your hunger and keep your energy levels up, so you’re not desperate for a mid-day fat fiesta. Try healthy snacks such as an apple and peanut butter, a few crackers and cheese (do not bring the entire box of crackers to work), rice cakes, 100 calorie bag of popcorn, 10 chocolate chips, 1 serving size of pretzels, veggies and hummus, yogurt topped with a sprinkling of granola, and of course any type of fruit.
  • Add a little exercise into the mix. I love going to the gym, but I know this type of exercise isn’t for everyone. If you don’t see yourself keeping up with a gym membership, there’s tons of other ways to get a little exercise into your day. Take a yoga class, do a pilates dvd in your living room, or start taking long evening strolls around your neighborhood (especially if you happen to have a dog). If you choose the latter, you can even plan your route on Google Maps, so you know exactly how much exercise you’re getting.
  • Indulge a little. Contrary to popular belief, you don’t have to give up all of your favorite fatty foods to lose weight. Pick one day a week and eat whatever you want (within reason, don’t go nuts and eat like 10 Big Macs or anything crazy like that). This way you won’t feel deprived, which will eventually lead to a bingefest. You don’t want that. Even during the week, if you want to say a chocolate chip cookie, eat one. Then stop with that one. 

Hopefully these healthy weight loss tips will help you get your start. Now for the other part about being held accountable. I’d like you to write to me once a week and let me how it’s going. Let me know about any healthy achievements that you’re proud of and ask me any questions you may have.

Now get started!

XO,

Laura

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