I have never shared my fitness journey on my blog before. If I am being honest, I wasn’t 100% sure that I could lose the weight and keep it off. I also never liked photos of me, so posting monthly pictures of my progress was my worst nightmare. I am really proud of my progress because I made a lifestyle change. I didn’t do one of those crazy diets or use weight-loss pills. I simply changed my diet, went to the gym more and most importantly, was consistent. I definitely didn’t see results right away, it took a few months, but once my clothes starting fitting better I wanted to keep going.
I’ll never forget the moment I wanted to change my lifestyle. It was the end of August and I was heading into Old Navy to buy jeans for the new school year. I picked up a couple different sizes; a 6 and an 8. I have always fluctuated between those two sizes since I was in high school so I figured I would have luck with one of them. When neither of those fit, I became devastated. I remember just sitting on the bench in the dressing room, watching myself cry in the mirror. I know so lame, but I needed a wake up call - badly.
It has taken me 3 years to go from a size 10 in women’s pants to a size 4. Last weekend I was wearing jean shorts in a size 2 so I have made even more progress this summer than I was anticipating!! Notice how I am not telling you how much I weigh? I never once got on the scale. Reason being is because I started lifting. I wanted to gain muscle so that I burned more calories and toned up. I realized I couldn't just do cardio. Cardio was great in the beginning stages of my fitness journey, but once I got to a size 6, I realized I needed to step it up by adding in weights.
I also learned very quickly that I needed to change my eating habits. First thing I did was eliminate snacking before bed. This was the hardest thing I had to do. I loved having a little late snack while I watched a show before bed. I discovered that since I was not active at night like I was in the morning, the carbs would just sit there. Then I started limiting foods. Yes, limiting not eliminating. I would have carbs (pasta, bread, bagels ugh!!) and cheese maybe twice a week. It was the worst, but also the best. Those foods were going straight to my hips and I noticed a huge difference when I cut my intake. Then I replaced unhealthy snacks (chips, cheese-itz, cookies) with healthier options like fruits, hummus with rice crackers and my guilty pleasure - a pudding pack (60 calories) with a bit of whipped cream. I had to have something to look forward to or I would have gone crazy and probably given up. I also started buying items that were organic and contained ingredients that I actually understood.
Look at the ingredients on the back of some of your favorite items. If you don’t know what half those ingredients are, then most likely it’s not good for you. What you put in your body is so important!! One thing to always remember is never ever give up something you love completely. It is impossible to give up candy or ice cream forever, especially if it is one of your favorite guilty pleasures. Give into your temptations sometimes, just limit yourself. Instead of getting a large ice cream, order a small. Instead of 4 cookies, only eat 2. If you just start eating fruits and vegetables and give up everything that’s bad for you, I guarantee you will slip into bad habits again. Being disciplined and consistent are the 2 keys to becoming healthy and staying fit. I’m not a nutritionist or a personal trainer but I am very proud that I managed to get down to a size 4 (sometimes a 2) all by myself and kept it off.
I have definitely babbled on much more than I anticipated, but I hope my story inspires you to get fit. Not only will you look better, but you will feel good, your skin will be clearer and you'll have more energy! I promise I will stop rambling on and get to the part of the blog post that you actually came here for.
I start off my morning with a couple of boiled eggs, cheerios and fruit. I usually go for a clementine or an apple because they are both my favorite. I also have a cup of green tea. I know you’ve heard it before, but green tea is so, so good for your body. It helps speed up your metabolism and it’s packed with tons of antioxidants. This breakfast doesn’t seem very exciting but I actually enjoy it and it keeps me full for a few hours.
For lunch, I have become obsessed with salads. If you told that I would be saying that 3 months ago, I would’ve laughed in your face. I used to do anything to avoid eating a salad for lunch. I finally found one that taste good and keeps me full! It doesn’t seem like much, but trust me, its filling. I put spinach, cucumbers, a sprinkle of parmesan cheese and either chicken or tuna in a bowl and use a lime for my dressing. I really don’t like dressing, so when I discovered this I was hooked. Make sure you get spinach and not lettuce. I have tried it with lettuce and you don’t get the same taste. I also pair this salad with a fruit smoothy. I usually just have mixed berries and pineapple in my smoothies.
I mentioned above that my afternoon snacks are usually a piece of fruit, hummus with rice crackers or pudding with a bit of whipped cream. If I am really hungry, I will occasionally grab some pretzels or an organic cereal bar, but that is very rare.
Dinner was very tricky for me when I started my weightless journey. Every night I would eat a carb, whether it be pasta, bread or potatoes. I have definitely become more creative with dinner but for the purposes of this post, I want to show you what I eat the most for dinner. I have found a love for salmon and asparagus. I buy them every week at the grocery store. Fish is so good for you so I have made a point to incorporate it into my diet a lot more frequently than before. I also get so bored of chicken so this is a nice change.
If you have any great recipes, please feel free to share them! I am always looking for new healthy meals to make. It’s nice to change it up every once and awhile. Please feel free to share you fitness story with me as well. I love hearing about others fitness stories as much as I love sharing mine!