Getting my healthy on!
So, I have been struggling with my weight for the better part of my adult life. In high school, I medicated through food and my weight ballooned. During my last summer before college, I vacationed with my grandmother and she worked very hard with me to lose weight and I was in a good place, until the freshman 15. And so began the yoyo. I would balloon during the school year and lose weight over the summer. That is until I started working and slowly because of lack of will-power and lack of discipline, I gained and stayed there.
It’s been a struggle and recently, I came back from living in Shanghai and found that my weight had gone up to above 200 lbs. And that’s when I realized that I needed to do something different. Then, I asked myself “what’s going to be different this time”?
I’ve always said
- “This is my last piece of chocolate”, only to pick up a piece 24 hrs later for one reason or another
- “I’m starting to exercise on Monday”, only to have every excuse under the sun give me an out: the weather, my period, late at work, friends having a get together. There’s always something
But this time has to be different. Why? Because I’m not getting any younger! I’ve got more aches and pains. I get out of breath easily and I’m tired of being tired! So, this is what I started implementing and so far, I’m sticking to my routine and not making any excuses anymore.
- Declare my intention to the public and enroll them in my success. And the outpouring of support has been incredible! I even had a couple of friends say that I motivated them to go to the gym and get their exercise on because of my post. It felt good to see people respond in a positive way. I was so embarrassed to put it out there because for me it is such a private thing, but I have to say opening up to my community and seeing the support come in has a been a huge motivator!
- I pledged to work out 4 times a week with no excuses. By making my intentions public, it also forces me to be accountable. This week, I worked out 4 times, I walked 3 times and went to a yoga class. I also my minute mile from 16:04 minute mile to a 15:11 in just one week!
- I have just about removed carbs from my diet. Now I’m not saying it’ll work for everyone, but the reason it works for me is two-fold. 1. They’re a trigger. I’m better off not eating them at all. If I have pasta, bread or anything else like this, it makes it that much more difficult for me to be disciplined about what I eat and 2. I get really bloated when I eat them and I always leave the table feeling stuffed. Not fun 🙁
- Over a year ago, my BF and I invested in a Breville juicer and even though it had gone relatively unused until now, it has proven to have been a very wise investment. Now, I juice every morning. What I noticed is that when I don’t, I get really tired in the afternoon, especially after lunch. Having that liter or so of juice on an empty stomach is a huge energy booster that lasts throughout the day. It also helps to keep my cravings under control.
- Fasting. I introduced fasting 1 day a week. I have to say, it was a lot less painful than I thought it was going to be. I had a big juice in the morning, then I had some coconut water throughout the day and another big juice for lunch, and then for dinner I had some sauteed veggies. Nothing very traumatic, but I thought it would have been much harder to make it through the day. What happened instead is that I was remarkably alert and unbothered by the fact I had nothing to eat. I barely felt any hunger. Drinking tea, water and juice all day kept me from feeling hunger pains
Since I started around mid-August, I’m down 5 lbs and I know I’m on the right track and for the first time in a long time, I’m excited to see what comes next!