Well, we’re 2 weeks into the new year! How are you doing at keeping your weight loss resolution? If you’re like most people, this is about the time you give up. It’s hard I know to keep recommitting to your goal, but you can do it. I always say it’s hard for about 2 weeks then it gets much easier. You’re probably just about to get over that hump, so don’t give up now!

I want to share an question a reader sent to me and my answer. I share this because it is a common question – losing weight after giving birth … The answer however works for ANYBODY who wants to lose weight.

Hi Liz, long story short i have always been a little heavy for as long as i can remember. I am 24 years of age and a mother to a 3 year old son. Three years later i am the same weight i was before i gave birth. I have also tried everything to try lose weight – i exercised regularly and breast fed for 2 years but still my body refused to lose anything, maybe 1kg at a time then boom!!! Put it all back on. I need help, encouragement and motivation. Today’s date is 01.01.13 news year’s resolution is to lose 35kgs in 10 months or earlier. Your story sounds great I’d like to know how you did it.

To lose 35kgs in 10 months will take discipline. I encourage you to write down everything you eat and drink and track those calories. (Day 2) You can print this tracker worksheet. This is the single most helpful thing to reveal why you’re not losing weight. Most often, we don’t realize that we’re consuming too many calories because we ignore the calories from drinks or we just don’t account for a bite of this or that throughout the day. Those calories can really add up! Keep in mind that this calorie counting method will not work if you don’t write down EVERYTHING you consume, no matter how insignificant it seems.

Regular exercise will help you burn more calories, but eating fewer calories is by far the most effective. Eating fewer calories AND burning extra calories is the fastest method.

After you written down your calories and studied it for a few days, you have to be honest with yourself and fix the problems.

  • Do too many calories come from fat and/or sugar? If so, what will you do about that? I recommend having fruit or salad with every meal (Day 13) and putting that on your plate first. (Day 16) I love fruit because it makes you feel full longer, it’s quick to prepare, and you can eat fruit when you’re hungry without too many calories.
  • Does your food journal show that you nibble a lot, eating just bites here and there throughout the day? (Day 11) If so, what can you do to change that? I brush my teeth after eating so I don’t want to eat for awhile. (Day 113)

Once you begin to change your habits and see some success, the real key to losing a significant amount of weight is that you make those changes permanent to keep losing weight. You need to find the discipline to keep eating better and working out day-in and day-out. You don’t have to deny yourself of anything (Day 36), just cut back to about 3 bites of your sweets or fatty foods. (Day 31 – The 3-Bite Rule) It gets easier after a couple of weeks – especially as you start to feel better and see your weight dropping.

I did what my tips on my website say. I never followed a particular diet program or bought meal systems because that didn’t work for my family, but I know people who like those methods and I definitely don’t discourage them. I just knew I could lose weight and save money by just being disciplined. Any diet program or meal system is still going to require discipline and those 2 weeks to get used to eating less. Without discipline, what’s to stop you from eating other things anyway?

I know you can do this. Let me know if I can help as you continue on your journey. I’d love to hear your progress.

All my best,