I was overweight my entire childhood
I tried and lost a few pounds in high school and then
When I started my journey in college, away and on my own— I wanted more results fast.
I always planned for my weight loss to take less time than it’s actually been too.
People lose 80 pounds in less than a year.
It took me 4 years and then I still wasn’t happy because
I had loose skin and little muscle.
I overworked and underate and tried gimmick diets.
I tried to take so many short cuts, for faster results.
I was stuck on weight LOSS.
I was stuck on the cuts I was making and the losses I was taking.
No more sweets.
No more fried foods.
No more eating late with friends.
No more this and that.
After 10 years of being on a weight loss and transformation journey,
I definitely have some trial and error stories.
One key thing I’ve learned is
Weight loss is not all about losing or removing.
It is about adding better and doing more wellthy things.
Weight loss makes us feel like
We gotta miss out on things,
But it’s more about adding more…
Adding more greens,
Adding more weights,
Adding to become our best selves.
I had already lost 80 pounds but these 4 things have been critical to my continued weight transformation:
- Water is always #1.
- Stay hydrated. Here’s my blog on why water is so so important.
- Lifestyle mentality.
- I’ve had countless day ones I stopped counting and realized fitness is for life and I can go at my own pace. I also realized there was no “happy ending” – there is no point I’ll stop. There is joy in living in the moment, being thankful for what my body can do now and working on being better for tomorrow.
- Posi-tive attitude.
- There was a voice in my head that doubted I could do it. A voice that said I needed surgery to lose weight and improve my loose skin, but the constant positivity helped me push myself to keep going when I didn’t feel like I was seeing results. My, “I can do it” mentality is a true help in all I’ve accomplished over time.
- Lifting weights.
- I was all about cardio before. I wasn’t necessarily scared of the weight room… I don’t know, I just stayed away. But duh, ya girl wants some muscles. I want to be fit. It’s not about being “skinny” but I want to be able to hold my own. Lifting weights has changed my body composition completely and I look forward to more as I continue. Lifting weights is crucial to a weight (loss) transformation journey because you don’t want to lose muscle mass, at all. You need muscles for daily functioning. And I did. I lost muscle and have to rebuild, and build. Don’t be like me. Be better than me. & That’s why I blog- to share and help another.
If you’re on a weight-loss journey
Focus on alllll the great stuff you’re adding vs
Lingering on the struggle of giving up the things you used to be comfortable with.
We hate the idea of weight loss because we know we have to give up some things.
As the journey continues though,
We realize it’s not about what we had to give up,
But all the gains coming soon:
More strength, more confidence, more self-love, more freedom,
Improved posture, improved skin, improved digestion, and more
From a wellthy journey.
I’m calling it a wellthy journey from now on, vs weight loss or weight gain
Because I just want to be my best self overall. I want to be well.
I HOPE ONE DAY
FIND PEACE AND HAPPINESS WITHIN YOURSELF,
AND ALL YOUR WORRIES FADE AWAY…
Need some more posi-tive vibes?
Peace and blessings,
– P. Blessman