Honestly, I hated being overweight.
How clothes fit me, shopping for clothes, being tired, being teased,
eating in front of people,
purposefully counting myself out of things,
every part of it.
I hated myself and went through some extreme measures to get what I wanted:
When I did weight loss on my own (starting 2010) I was starving myself and overtraining-
I thought I had ate enough and I just needed water, vitamins and the gym.
This lead to severe exhaustion and episodes of fainting…
I spent summer 2012 in California with my sister and I learned soooo much
About clean eating and other exercising than the treadmill.
Even ran in my first run-the Color Run in Pomona, CA
Then when I got back to school, and on my own…
I did my best to keep those practices up.
But with my class schedule, my commute to the gym,
no grocery nearby or grocery money
I somewhat fell to “fasting” I called it.
I have fainted at least 10 times over the course of this weight loss journey.
I stopped counting, but the last time was Sept `19.
As a Wellness Whiz
I am passionate about physical, mental, social, nutritional, spiritual fitness
and writing about my experiences and lessons and findings.
I am not here to have a “perfect” persona
or have everything together in order to participate
in this wellness conversation.
The reality is,
we’ll always be a work in progress.
Also, please keep in mind,
We do not live in a world of absolutes.
So just because I say something worked for me,
Doesn’t necessarily mean,
“Do it my way or your wrong”
I share my journey and lessons via Let’s Get Posi
so you can make your own decisions.
Make better decisions than me so it won’t take you 6+ years to lose 80 pounds!
I’ve made mistakes. I’ve had countless “Day One”‘s!!
With that said,
After +10 years of being on a weight loss journey,
These are three key tips for any beginner.
Since I have “fallen off” and hopped on again so many times #guilty
These are the three things that always helped me get back on track:
(1) Drink water all the time. Even when you’re not thirsty, you lowkey are. Water intake is important for digestion, skin, joints- literally everything. Forget that “before a meal so you eat less” jargon. Drink more water because you’re 78% water and you gotta maintain that flow within. I notice when I’m drinking enough water I am more energized. My skin glows too. Water is literally LIFE. Read: Why Drink More Water And How To Increase Our Water Intake.
(2) EAT mindfully! I used to think I didn’t have to eat much because I had so much fat on me to lose. But I was dangerously mistaken. This mindset led to fainting, loose skin, and being “skinny fat.” When we work out and are active, we need MORE food, not less. It’s not about eating less, it’s more about eating nutrient-dense foods, and eating mindfully. Eat on purpose! Eat with a purpose. Read: What Is A Diet?
(3) Keep track. I kept track with photos and clothes. I have helly comparison photos and used my old clothes as a measure of weight loss success. I used to buy smaller clothes, but I stopped doing that because I was buying clothes to fit them, instead of buying clothes I could fit. That was an important realization for me, because as a pear shape, I may never be smaller than 8, or wear XS shirts- and that’s pearfectfully fine! I’m pearfectfully me! Keep track of your progress someway. It’s a true motivator- that what we’re doing is working and to not stop. Read: Why Forget The Scale?
I gotta add one more because I do wish this was something I did more of when I started my weight loss journey:
(4) Lift weights. I didn’t lift weights so I lost muscle mass too, leading to sagging skin and being “skinny fat.” LIFT WEIGHTS. (Ladies, it’ll only make you bulky if you weight train heavy af to attain that look. You gotta do that on purpose and intentionally- not from lifting 3x week.) Read: My 80ish pound weight loss story
If you or someone you know is struggling with weight loss
DO NOT GIVE UP!
You can do it.
You just gotta do it ya know.
If it’s one thing weight loss confirmed for me-
We only get results when we put in the work.
No cheat days.
Read: What Is A Cheat Day?
I wish everybody
learns more about their individual health
and makes more progress
towards their fitness goals
Peace and grace,
– P. Blessman