I know I’ve been doing this blog for a while now, but haven’t really talked about my weight loss journey and how I got into fitness so this Motivation Monday is all about how I got started on my healthy lifestyle.
I have always been a bigger person as a child through high school. It’s interesting to look back at your younger self and realize that you were actually nowhere near as big as you thought you were, but to me I was huge. When I got to university I had tried lots of different ways to lose weight. My diet would always start tomorrow or Monday, but that day never came.
I finally hit rock bottom last year when I was at my lowest point emotionally and physically as well as my highest weight ever 235 pounds (Maybe higher at some point but I was avoiding the scale at this time). When I saw the photos my mom had taken for Christmas cards I realized that I didn’t know who that person was. I had consistently gained about 10 pounds a year and was unhealthy, unhappy and ready to make a change.
On January 1st 2014 I decided to make a change. It was nice that I had my sisters to go along with me on this journey and we got up early went to the Goodlife and did a Bodypump class. I was sore beyond belief but I was hooked. I was committed to the changes but I could see that people didn’t have faith in me and would ask me why I was going for walks at lunch time or why I was not eating junk food or eating out anymore.
They say that it takes 4 weeks for you to start noticing physical changes in your body, it takes friends and family 8 weeks to start noticing and 12 weeks for everyone else to see a change. The first time I had someone at work mention my weight loss I felt that pride and it made me even more determined to continue on my journey. Soon people were coming up to me and mentioning how good I looked and asking me what my secret was.
There really is no secret let me tell you how I was able to lose 65 pounds in a year. Well here it is:
- I started tracking all my calories in myfitnesspal app. When you start paying attention to what you are putting in your mouth you realize just how much you eat out of boredom or emotion. I don’t even want to think about how many calories I was consuming on a daily basis before.
- I started to work out on a regular basis. I got a membership at Goodlife and started doing classes including Bodypump (weightlifting class). Zumba and Bodyflow (Yoga/pilates class). Having my sisters to hold me accountable really helped me keep at it.
- I had a cheat day once a week. I would plan what I wanted to eat and looked forward to it all week and would enjoy it so much more because of it.
- Weigh myself once a week and not obsess with the number on the scale. I try to focus on non scale victories more like how my clothes fit and how I feel.
- Gadgets like up by jawbone and fitness apps allowed me to track my fitness to make sure that I was getting at least 10000 steps each day and drinking enough water.
- I made this my lifestyle and not a phase.
I’m a normal human so I must say that I have had some setbacks. I have gained back some weight over the holidays but now that I am back to work I am getting back into my healthy habits again and starting to feel better again! I hope this helps people out there thinking about getting started. I know that people complain about the gyms being packed around New Year’s Day because of all the resolutionary gym goers but I was once one of those people and I know that you can do it as long as you believe in yourself.
Be Happy, Be Active, Be Healthy