No outfit photo today. Today I’m going to share some of my weight loss journey. In all honesty, I’ve put this off because I didn’t want to bore you with my story. But so many of you have asked, I figured it might be time.
In 2011 I was overweight, borderline depressed and feeling like I was powerless to do anything about it. The photo below was taken just right before Christmas that year. I look at it now (it’s the wallpaper on my phone) it reminds me that I have a choice every day. Never. To. Go. Back. I started my diet on January 1, 2012 with a 21 day Standard Process cleanse. I figured there was a lot of junk in my system so I want to start with a clean slate. I had already quit drinking sodas (even diet sodas), eliminated Aspartame and switched to decaf coffee, so I was off to a good start.
While I was on the cleanse I researched many different diet plans and determined that sticking to a specific eating plan was going to be difficult. I discovered the My Fitness Pal app for iPhone and started counting calories. I decided on 1200 calories a day with an emphasis on more protein and less sugar. In other words, I wanted to eat healthier. For the first couple of months I pretty much eliminated breads and starches, then gradually added them back in. I also started exercising, which for me was huge. I’ve never been athletic, so I started with just walking on a treadmill. I joined a gym and committed to going at least 5 days a week. I took my workout clothes to work and changed before I left so I had no excuse not to go to the gym! At first I couldn’t do more than 30 minutes on the treadmill, but gradually worked my way up to 45 minutes, then an hour. The first time I got on the elliptical machine I thought I was going to pass out after only 3 minutes! But I stuck with it and eventually would alternate between the treadmill and elliptical. It took about 2 months to lose the first 10 pounds, but it didn’t get easier, trust me. But more about that, tomorrow…
Have a lovely, healthy day!