I'm going to use this blog to post cool ideas, recipes, and weight loss/nutrition tips. But before I begin, let me tell you about myself.
I've always been a chubby girl...from childhood to now. I tried crash diets, cleanses, seemingly everything. It bothered me off and on, but once I fell in love, I was much more comfortable with myself. Someone incredible loves me for me, regardless of what I look like. That was and is a wonderful feeling. I think I had to get to the point where I was making changes for me and not for anyone else. That point came when I got weighed in at the doctor's office for a routine checkup. 220. I couldn't believe it. I really had to evaluate my life and see what went wrong.
That's not the way to think of it, though. Nothing had gone wrong...in fact, everything was going right. I graduated college and got a great job...a desk job where my exercise was no more than walking to and from the bathroom. I made excuses for not taking the stairs to the third floor...it was too early in the morning, I was too tired. I started making small changes, drinking more water, finding healthier snacks. But that doesn't cut it. It took a few months, but I figured it out. I don't need a diet or exercise... I need a lifestyle change.
If I want to get fit, I have to exercise. If I want to exercise, I have to make time for it. A gym was something I never wanted to do...being in my grubby clothes and sweating so much in front of people...yikes. Not for me. I bought a treadmill. And I was determined to use it. I started walking to build up my muscles and lungs. Then I researched different exercises for obese (yes, though I might not necessarily fit what you might think of when you hear the word obese, in the medical world I am) people. I found HIIT, high-intensity interval training. And it's pushed me harder and further than I ever thought possible.
If I want to lose weight and feel great, I have to eat well. If I want to eat well, I have to change my shopping habits. I needed to learn to love veggies. I started by eating a lot of fruits, which I still do, but they're more of a treat now. They pack a lot of sugar. After talking to a friend about the effects of sugar, I realized that I needed to cut back. Maybe I have smaller amounts of healthier, more powerful fruits. Maybe I exchange some of my snacks for vegetables or almonds. All of these things have taken time...and LOTS of research, but I'm ready to make changes.
I love myself and that makes a huge difference. I exercise and eat well to reward myself for working hard and give myself a better, healthier lifestyle where I should live longer. I do this for myself. When I'm ready to quit on the treadmill, I push on...not to punish myself for being heavy, but to ensure it's easier next time. I try to remind myself that in a year, I won't regret working harder now, I will regret giving up.