I have posted about my desire to lose weight in the past and it was met with a lot of opposition. I was accused of “fat shaming” and pushing a weight loss agenda. I don’t really understand that criticism, but for this post I will try to be more sensitive and better explain my motives.
About ten years ago, I was put on a medication that severely affected my metabolism and I swiftly gained about 60lbs over a period of approximately 4 months. I have been trying to lose that weight ever since. I am no longer on the same medication that made me gain the initial weight, but I am still on a med that has a negative effect on my metabolism so I have to work that much harder before I see any results.
Due to my illness, I haven’t been doing anything drastic to lose the weight, aside from altering my diet and portion sizes. I’ve managed to lose some weight with this method, but nothing significant and certainly not the amount that I am hoping to lose.
More recently, I have been feeling better.. finally.. so I am ready to pull out all the stops and change my life for the better.
This is where I want to be very clear. I love my body, no matter what size I am, but I would like to do better for myself. I would like to go for a walk without getting winded, especially now that I have been smoke-free for nearly 4 years. I want to have more energy and I want to feel better about myself. I know I can do better.
I am a vegan and a very healthy eater already, so I don’t have to make too much of an adjustment with my eating habits, but for the purposes of seeing accelerated weight loss, I will be starting my mornings with either Cream of Wheat or overnight oats with a serving of fruit, followed by smoothies enriched with Vega plant-based protein powder throughout the day. Now before you criticize me for this meal plan, you should know that I have a gastrointestinal disorder called gastroparesis and this diet is only slightly different than how I would be eating anyway.
I am also committing myself to increased physical activity. This is the big one because for the past 8years, I’ve barely been able to get out of bed. We have 4 dogs (2 big girls and 2 Chihuahuas) who get 3 walks daily, but up until recently, it had been my boyfriend who took them on their longer walks in the morning and the evening. Usually about 20 mins each. I will be taking the girls for these walks now, morning and night, and I will be extending them to 1 hour each, which should enable me to get my 10,000 steps in.
Finally, I have been doing 20 mins of Pilates after I return home from my one hour morning outing with the dogs. If I am feeling up to it, I do another 20 mins after I am finished working for the day.
For me personally, I feel like I have been absent from my life for the past decade, which has allowed my body and fitness to get to where it is today. With the help of new medications and a change of my mindset, I really feel that I am ready to make the fundamental changes in my life that will lead to the results that I desire.
I have already witnessed positive repercussions in my professional life. It takes me a little longer to get to work in the morning because I am either out with the dogs or doing my workout, but I am able to work for longer and I find that I work better. Not to mention the vastly improved sleep that I have been enjoying since becoming more active.
I am not a fitness pro, nor am I aspiring to be. I don’t think that everyone is meant to be 100lbs and I am not trying to imply that they should be. I am just trying to share my story and my very common struggles in hopes of reaching others who may be on the cusp of making the same positive changes in their own lives. Just enough to go for a walk without huffing and puffing and to able to look in the mirror and see the person they really are looking back at them.
At my peak, I weighed in at 198lbs. I was horrified. For the majority of my life, up until 10 yrs ago, I weighed about 125lbs. I am a lot older now and I understand that my body has undergone changes as I’ve aged, but I still want to get down to a weight closer to what I am used to. At present, as of this morning, I weigh in at 170.8lbs, which is a loss of just over 45lbs. Not a bad start. I achieved that with just portion control and making smarter decisions at meal times. Now that I am implementing a stricter diet and exercise, I am hoping to lose another 10lbs (or better) before the end of the year.
Is there anyone else out there who is at the beginning of their fitness journey? Let’s do this together!! Comment below and become part of our weight loss challenge. I find that you do your best work when you are accountable to someone. Share your goals and your progress and we’ll all attain our goals together.
And remember, you have to love yourself first before you can make positive changes in your life. Otherwise, you are just doing it for the wrong reasons and you will not be successful.