When I think about why I have decided to write this blog…I realize that it’s like a journal for me. A release of my thoughts and what I may be going through in life and how it all ties in to my fitness journey. I want to help others reach their goals and be inspired, but I also find this blog as a way to remind myself why I started and why I need to continue.
I’ve had many ups and downs in this journey…reason being: I LOVE FOOD. It’s as simple as that. And I don’t love healthy food. I love greasy, fried foods that are so readily available to all of us at any given time. Being an extremely picky eater has made this journey even harder…sooooo many healthy foods that just make me cringe. So when I’m buckled down and super focused, my diet consists of a very short list of simple, healthy foods. (Eggs, oats, protein shakes, chicken, fish, vegetables, brown rice and fruit.) Yep, that’s everything. I’m not very kitchen savvy either, so that’s the menu I stick with. And of course, when I’m on track and focused, my body reaps the benefits of that healthy menu.
When I first lost weight, wayyyyy back in 2006 (I think), I did it with Weight Watchers. Yep, it works. If you follow their plan, it will work. They don’t have any magic tricks, they are mainly there to help one be accountable. And that’s what helped me. The fact that I knew I had to go weigh in every week helped me stick to my eating plan. Those scale victories kept me going. I made it to my goal weight…and guess what happened?? I went back to frequently eating fast food. And yep, you guessed it, the weight came back on. It slowly came back…but I decided to buckle down again in 2009 when I started my current job. I didn’t want to be uncomfortable anymore and I definitely didn’t want to end up like some of the co-workers I would see who became complacent and lazy. Tried to go back to weight watchers again, I wasn’t as focused as I thought. But I finally decided to eat a healthy diet and the weight dropped off within about 6-7 months. My total weight loss was about 35lbs. May not seem like a lot when you hear stories of people losing 100+ lbs, but if you’ve ever tried to lose weight, you know exactly how hard you must work for each and every lb.
I continue to maintain my weight between 140-145lbs on my 5’5″ frame. I will never forget the horrible mental AND physical feelings I had when I was overweight…and that is WHY I keep going. If you haven’t started, start today. If you have fallen off the wagon, don’t worry you can always get back on!
LET’S GET FIT!!