This was me in January. Seriously. Less furry, but just as grumpy. It was time for a change. The goal was to get back to my “skinny” jeans that were three sizes smaller and keep going. It took me a full four months, but I am now wearing all my clothes from the “too small” box of clothes I saved from my pre-second-child days! It feels amazing!! I am not done the journey to health yet, but am happy with my progress. My Fitness Pal app has been tracking the journey for me. I am happy to say I am down 2 shirt sizes and 3 pant sizes!
So how did I do it? God’s grace and some lifestyle changes is the simple anwer, but let me get more specific.
~ During my Master Cleanse I developed the ability and inner strength to resist the food my family was eating as well as shrink my stomach for better portion control. This allowed me to prepare healthier and smaller versions of the meals I fed my family.
~ I did research on my body type, my O blood type and how many calories I burn in a day. Armed with this new knowledge that my body requires more protein than carbs, I was able to construct a diet that fit my needs. I also discovered that for my height, weight, sex and activity level, I burn about 2200 calories a day on average. The ideal fat burning zone is 25% fewer calories than that, so I aimed to stay within 1650 calories a day. (By eating less than that, I put myself in starvation mode. That is the enemy of a weight loss plan and one of my previous pitfalls.)
~ I weighed myself (almost) every single day. I know this is an area of contention in the fitness community, but for me it worked. Every morning it set a reminder before me of my goal. My digital scale also has a feature that tracks percentage of body fat through a small electrical current sent through the feet. I also aim to see this number decrease over time.
~ I focused on getting the full amount of water I need everyday. Based on my weight and activity level, I approximately need to consume 12 cups of water a day. I drew a line on my kitchen pitcher where 12 cups sits and every morning I fill it up to the line. By the end of the day I try to have that much water finished.
~ I started walking and/or jogging for 30 minutes, 6 days a week on my treadmill. Some days I walked all 30 minutes, others I jogged for up to 20 minutes, but the time was consistent. Occasionally I would throw in a 10 minute Pilates workout as well.
~ I submitted the journey to my Heavenly Father. I asked Him for daily grace and mercy to carry me through the tough decisions and help me listen to my body and know what it needs.
~ I ate/eat dark chocolate pretty much every day. I stick with 70% dark chocolate. It is great for magnesium and helping me feel like I am not deprived.
That, in a nutshell, is it! I had several cheats along the way, but overall the sugar cravings have been low. I still eat pizza out with the family, but now know that a portion size is two slices, not 3 or 4. I focused on less carbs and more healthy fats, proteins, fruits and veggies. This is truly a lifestyle change for me and one that is quite sustainable. I feel sick to my stomach with too many sweets or carbs now, and that is how it should stay. I was too embarrassed to do a full body shot of my “before”, but this face shot was taken around the holidays. The “after” was taken this evening so I could put it in this blog. The face shows the change! (It also shows more “laugh lines”, but that is another story.) I can’t wait to do another update in a few months when I reach my goal weight. Health will always be a journey and I hope mine can inspire yours!