One year ago from today ,I set out to prove to myself I could lose weight. I blogged everyday to help me stay accountable. I barely got any sleep last night thinking of everything I wanted to go over that I learned.
First, I learned that the older you get the wiser you get. You also get more determined to conquer whatever you set out to do. This has something to do with the fact I seem to care less about what other people may think about me. Don’t get me wrong I still get upset if people don’t like me for no reason. It’s my life, my journey and if I’m not doing anything that interferes with my walk with Jesus or hurting anyone then I’m good to go.
What did I actually set out to do? I set out to stop losing and gaining the same pounds over and over. I set out to be the strongest person I could be. I know age is just a number but my number last year was 42 and I felt 62. I’m 43 this year and sometimes I feel 43 and sometimes I feel 63. Today, I feel older due to the rain causing me pain. Don’t know how it does it but it really makes my body ache. I take vitamins to help conquer what aging throws at me. Turmeric and Fish oil do help.
Life is what you make of it. If you say you can’t do something. Then you never will. I’ve learned instead of saying can’t you should say won’t. I won’t do a lot of things because I lack the desire. I can do anything I set out to do. I might not do them perfectly but I’ll do them. Trying and failing to do things is still an accomplishment because you went from not doing something to doing it the best way you could.
I’ve learned exercising is important. I also learned if I don’t like something ,I’m not going to do it for long. I tried jogging. I met my goal to jog three miles straight. But, after awhile it bored me. I started feeling like I was in a hamster wheel. I will still jog when the mood hits. I tried walking up the mountain. I actually love this but I can’t do it year around. I’m afraid of snakes in the summer. During hunting season I’d rather not take chances on being mistaken for a deer and then there’s the fear of freezing before reaching the top in the winter. So, what’s left I can do? I like to dance! I’m not great at it but I’ve always had a place in my heart to do it. The right music and I can burn them calories up. I love 80s music and now Latin music thanks to Zumba. I still sometimes can’t believe I went and got certified to teach Zumba. It took me awhile but I found the cardio for me. That’s what everyone needs to do. Find the cardio that works for them. I’m still working on stretching and doing weights. They are important but I do neglect them more than I should.
I’ve learned no matter how much I exercise if I don’t eat right I’m going to maintain my weight or worse, gain! The one thing I’ve tried to do this year is track my food and stay active for 30 minutes doing something if it was just walking in place. It’s not about dieting it’s about knowing what you’re consuming and how it will affect your health.
I guess by now you want to know if I met my goal. I started off weighing 177 pounds. I weighed in this morning knowing I was not going to reach my goal of 145. Here are my results!
I was totally shocked. It’s actually a little under my goal. I thought for sure I’d be about two pounds away. I had a blog prepared about not reaching my goal. I met my goal barely. I have to admit that if I didn’t go low carb for the last few days ,I would not have reached my goal. It was extremely hard too. I love carbs! One day I had 88 carbs and the two other days I did about 50. The weird thing is my fat totals were over by 12 grams one day and 17 another. I guess my body can process fat but when it comes to carbs, sugar, and sodium it has a harder time. Everyone’s body is different. My advice is find what works for you. I won’t be doing low carb everyday but I think I’m going to try to stay in the 75-100 goal most days. I really like not waking up bloated. Also, if my carbs are lower my sugar and sodium are good too.
My goal for the future is to maintain my weight and I wouldn’t mind if I lost ten more pounds. I realized I could’ve lost more weight but I also would have missed out on birthday cakes, lunch dates with my children, dinner with my family, social gatherings, and holiday treats and feasts. I never deprived myself during my diet. Except for the last three days! I didn’t want to diet. I wanted to be able to enjoy food in moderation no matter what it was. I won’t give up eating the foods I love. I might not eat as much of them but that just makes them more special when I do. I can’t wait for dinner tonight because it’s spaghetti night. I think the statement ” it’s not what you eat but how much you eat” is very true. The only thing I gave up was diet pop. That was very hard to do and I still get cravings. It really did cause me to have more inflammation and pain in my body. I now drink Coke Life one to two times a week.
I’m stronger than I was a year ago. I plan to get stronger and better every year. I always tell my husband I’m going to be like fine wine and get better with age. They say wine does anyway, I don’t drink so I’m not sure. I want to find new ways to be healthier and happier. Thanks to doing this, I now have clothes that are too loose and just right. No more too small. What really surprised me through all this. I was the only one who cared how big I was. My family still can’t believe I lost that much weight. They didn’t know I was overweight. They didn’t see my size they just saw me. They loved me for who I was not my looks. I think that is so sweet. It also proves you can’t lose weight for others you can only do it for yourself. You are the one that knows if you need to improve your health. You are the only one who will be putting in the work. It’s all up to you. The Struggle is a Real, but so worth it!
Start your journey today! Don’t wait to be the person you want to be. If you don’t want to blog to the world, start a daily journal. I also highly recommend the fitness pal app and a device to track your steps. It really made a difference for me.
Thanks to all who read, commented, and followed my blog! I hope this helps at least one person.
I hope you have a great life!
Thanks so much for reading and God Bless!
Here are my before and after pictures! No judgement please lol
chest started off at 42 inches ,now 38.5
Arms L 13-now 11.5 R 13.5 now 12 inches
Waist was 41.5 inches, now 37.5
L Thigh was 25.5 now 22
R Thigh was 26 now 22.5
17.5 inches lost combined