I always find myself starting a new blog post with “It’s been way too long” which probably goes to show just how often I get on here. I really should get better about posting a bit more frequently and sticking to it.
Anyway, as I mentioned in my last post, I’ve definitely made a change of lifestyle over the past few months. The above photos are two before photos, and the center would be me currently - it was truly mind blowing to see how far I’ve come. I wish I had taken some full length before photos, but quite honestly, I don’t think I ever really thought my dieting and exercising was going to get anywhere. I’ve had so many failed attempts at losing weight, that I thought this was just going to be another addition to the list. However, I’m glad to say I’m just about ONE pound away from hitting my initial goal weight. So far I’ve lost a good 27 pounds, but I’m thinking I should just go ahead and round it out to a full 30. Let’s see just how committed I am! :P Totally kidding - looking at these photos have definitely added to my motivation and I’m determined to get there.
So I guess the question is “How did you do it?” right? It’s really simple. I knew from the get go that I wanted to do it the right way, no matter how long it took. I knew that the pay off would be worth it, and that I didn’t gain all my weight overnight, so I can’t necessarily expect to lose it all overnight. Therefore, the past few months have included a lot of early mornings at the gym, a food diary keeping track of EVERYTHING I ate, and how many calories I’ve consumed and burned each day.
A typical day would start at 4:45 in the morning. This is usually when my alarm goes off and I try to drag myself out of bed. Getting used to waking up this early was a HUUGEEE challenge. I would start off giving myself excuses. “It’s too early. I need more sleep. Sleep is important. blah. blah. blah.” Finally, I realized, what I had to do was get my fat butt out of bed before I even allowed myself to give excuses. It got easier as the days went by. By 5:00am, I was on the road to the gym and on the treadmill by 5:15am. All I’ve been doing so far, is 30 minutes on the treadmill which, on average, would burn at least 400 calories. Now that I’ve dropped a few pounds, I’m thinking about changing it up and doing things that focus more on my stomach and arms. Anyway, I’d be out of there by 6:00am, and in the shower getting ready for work by 6:30am.
Being that I work in a cubicle in front of a computer all day, not much more than sitting and clicking the mouse goes on for the next 8 or 9 hours. With that said, snacks are a must right?! Yes! During all this, I’ve noticed that eating smaller portions more often throughout the day really helps. I hardly ever ate breakfast my whole life, but now I insist on having something. Whether it be oatmeal, Greek yogurt, or some kind of fruit, I’m munching on something to get metabolism going. After that, I’d snack on something every couple hours. I get bored easily, and enjoy trying new foods (probably how I got so big in the first place! ha!), so I’ve gone through a lot of different healthier snacks. I went from almonds, to soy nuts, to oat clusters, etc etc etc. I try to find things that are high in protein and low in calories and sugar (lunch and dinner is no different). However, my current obsession are PopChips! >.< I’ve always been a fan of BBQ potato chips.
I think what also helps are my current subscriptions to EatingWell Magazine, Fitness Magazine, and my Everday Food: Light Recipe Book - all of which feature a bunch of easy, low calorie recipes! I’d love to share a few of the meals that I’ve actually tried - but I’m pretty sure this post is getting a lil long, so that will have to wait until my next blog post. Hopefully by then I’ll be able to share that I’ve made a bit more progress! Until next time!
Photographs taken by my awesome boyfriend: Lauder Corea