I’m not a nutritionist, or a fitness guru.
I’m just me.
I’m a regular old person who has struggled with weight my entire life.
I played sports as a child but I still grew up that bullied “fat kid.” I was obese by high school and by the time I graduated college, I stepped on the scale to see my weight had ballooned up to 386 pounds.
I never felt like I was allowed to occupy all of the space my body took up. I was insecure and trained myself to be as hidden as possible, if I didn’t bring attention to myself, then maybe no one would make a comment. When I walked down the street and overheard people behind me laughing, I just knew they were laughing at me.
While losing weight is a usual natural side-effect of any move to take better care of your physical fitness and eating habits, but it shouldn’t be the end game. You should never lose weight to impress the people around you. Your goal, every single day, should be to make yourself proud.
Your goal, every single day, should be to make yourself proud.
Five years ago, I lost 100 pounds in just under 12 months, bringing my total weight loss to ~170 pounds and bringing my weight to 210, the lightest I had ever been.
Then I lost my rhythm. Relationships. Heartbreaks. New friends. New habits.
Things have changed over the years, as they always do, and everything felt out of sync for me. I stopped going to the gym, I stopped eating healthy and began drinking alcohol more regularly and I just didn’t feel proud of myself anymore.
The added weight crept up on me, I hadn’t even noticed until I tried to take off on a run and felt like I was carrying sandbags around my waist. I couldn’t even button my shirts closed and spend that winter in oversized sweaters. It never got as bad as it had been after college but I still didn’t feel good about myself and what my body had become. I missed felling like an athlete.
I MISSED FEELING LIKE AN ATHLETE.
I tried to jump start the process a few times but nothing really stuck. I didn’t love going to my local gym, it was small and cramped and it felt like people were always on top of me. Then I switched gyms and everything started to fall into place. I discovered this new workout app that built workouts for me and found a few meal prep recipes and decided to give that a try too.
Three months later and it’s finally stuck. I’ve meal prepped breakfast, lunch & dinner and all of my snacks this entire time and I don’t think I’ll ever go back. I go to the gym at least 3-4 times a week and play sports on the weekends.
SOCIAL MEDIA HAS PLAYED A LARGE PART IN MY JOURNEY.
It helps keep me honest. I know people are looking at my workouts and feel obligated to complete them even when I’m tired. Followers that have reached out and have provided encouragement to keep me going, or tips on how to enhance my journey. A following who commented on social media noticed my weight loss before I even did.
A lot of people have asked about my workouts, about how to stay encouraged to go to early morning workouts, about my meal prep or just about my journey in general and I thought it would be a great place to start a blog about it here to help anyone anywhere along your journey.
Everyone is different and while you can use what I do as a jumping off point you have to find your own journey. That might mean sampling different gyms, trying new types of exercises, taking different workout classes or just going for walks. You need to find something you love and something you can stick to.