Halloween was just around the corner and I knew what that meant. It was time to start shopping for a costume. Costumes for women in this day and age mean this is your one night to look super sexy and nobody is allowed to judge you. I’m not sure what happened to spooky and scary Halloween costumes but now even scary costumes mean sexy Freddy Krueger’s and such. The problem with this is that I had put on more weight in this past year than I care to mention. I’m not sure how I let it happen, but I guess three sodas a day and eating entire bags of potato chips at a time catches up with a person. There is always an option of plus size Halloween costumes, but that just made me feel worse. I’m not ready for plus size just set. I’m only 22 years old and I want to rock the hell out of a sexy peacock costume just like all of my friends. I knew it was time to do something about these unwanted love handles. I had just over one month to get to work on my body so that I could feel sexy and beautiful this Halloween.
I started by dropping the soda from my life completely. I just went cold turkey. I didn’t want to deal with that whole transition to diet soda, because honestly diet soda is terrible in my opinion and really not much healthier. In fact, many say it is worse. So instead, I just cut it out of my diet and replaced it with water only. I would sometimes squeeze a lime or lemon in my water, or soak it in cucumbers for a little extra flavor but no extra sweets or additives. After a week of feeling crappy, tired and getting headaches I felt so much better about myself and my body. I already started dropping a few pounds which was more motivation to keep going. In addition to the soda, I stopped buying junk food. I knew if it wasn’t in the cabinet it wouldn’t be a problem. The whole portion control thing doesn’t work well for me. If it’s there, chances are I’m going to eat it. So instead, I replaced bags of chips with almonds and apples. I started preparing my own meals, nothing too serious, but focused on baking or grilling my meat rather than frying. I cut back on fast food to 1-2 times per week. I still had pasta some nights, as well as potatoes. I didn’t want to do any sort of hard-core diet because I knew that would be something I couldn’t keep up with. Instead, I just made healthier choices.
I also started exercising more often. I’ve never been much of a gym person, but I made a point to do something active every day. Most often, that meant me swimming laps in my pool or jumping on the trampoline for an hour. I played tennis with my friend a few days of week in the evenings, or sometimes I just went for a long fast-paced walk while I yakked on my phone with friends or family. Just adding a little bit of activity to my routine had me feeling better about myself already, even if I still didn’t look like I wanted.
In 33 days, I managed to drop 11 lbs. This was just by cutting out soda and junk food, making healthier choices and adding a little bit of physical activity to my every day routine. This wasn’t some crazy diet that made me go off the deep end and gain even more weight when I went off like so many of these quirky diets do these days. It wasn’t a difficult mentality to maintain either. I made a few life changes and reached my goal to look and feel sexy just in time for Halloween and all of the parties that come with it. I didn’t even splurge on the candy like I usually do because I felt like a rock star in my costume.