Still, I knew it would be tough: At 21 years old, I had already tried every fad diet in the book hoping to shed weight lightning-fast. Plus, when I told people my New Year's goal, they replied that I’d never stick with it because "resolutions don’t work." Most gyms are empty by February, right? But I promised myself that I wouldn't be another failed New Year's resolution statistic.
In the end, I accomplished my goal and then some — I shed 65 pounds over a year and half.
That’s not to say there were no bumps in the road. I had 21 years of growing up on the Standard American (well, in my case, Canadian eh!) Diet, so I was frequently tempted by dinners out, easy fast-food options, and naturally fit family and friends who could eat whatever they wanted and not gain a pound (insert eye-roll).
So how did I succeed? Honestly, the whole process was easier than I thought. That's because instead of looking for quick fixes, I focused on an overall healthier way of living. And I actually had fun learning about nutrition and finding new workouts to add to my routine as I naturally shed the pounds.
Here's what I did to make sure I stayed on track with my goal: