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.

  1. 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!
  2. 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!
  3. 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 🙁
  4. 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.
  5. 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!

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