As a 5’1 foodie, I’ve always struggled with my weight. At my thinnest I weighed 105 lbs and I was 200 lbs at my heaviest.
In a perfect world, I could eat the things that I love like fried chicken, french fries or hash-browns, bone marrow, chicken skin (hmmmmm), or Chinese buffets. Alas, the world is not a perfect place and everything I put into my body manages to stick straight to my hips, or thighs, or arms, or pretty much anywhere. I know that I have terrible diet habits and like all of the wrong foods but you only live once so why should I have to give up the very things that make life worth living??
Trying to grocery shop while counting calories becomes an even more stressful activity. Anything cheap is nutritiously void and easy to locate, however, fruit and veggie prices are sky-high and only take up one small section of the store.
It doesn’t help that every time I talk to a friend about working out or eating healthy, they tell me about some new fad diet that they are on this week. One is on the Paleo, another Keto, someone else I know is consuming zero carbs. It’s so confusing trying to figure out what works and what doesn’t!
In the past I’ve done juice diets which become cumbersome and exhausting with the cleansing of thousands of juicer components. Why are there so many pieces?? If I had known about that, I would never have bought such an expensive contraption. Honestly, I haven’t been able to look at a cucumber the same way since.
I tried the Adkins Diet. I liked it and it worked but I guess it comes down to the fact that I like bread more. Life’s too short, right?
I tried Weight Watchers and really enjoyed it. I lost 40 lbs from my heaviest weight by keeping track of my intake and attending meetings once a week. The classroom environment and sticker/key chain reward system were great and made me feel like I was in control again. For the first time in my life, I could see a food product and have a decent idea of how it was going to affect my body. I fastidiously checked labels for carbs, fats, and fiber like it was going out of style. I was that person who had to tell you why you’d better not toss that certain food down your gullet. Better yet, I could eat fast food, drink beer, and still lose weight! Sounds great right?? On the bad side, its expensive (back then my insurance was paying for it), and easy to fall out of when you no longer have time for the weekly meetings.
Which brings me to where I am now. According to the BMI, or Body Mass Index, I’m considered obese. Now, I may be slightly overweight but in no way do I consider myself obese. I consider myself healthy and would like to be just a little bit healthier (fitting back into that old swimsuit would be a nice plus too!). This year I’ve been trying to workout more and try, when possible, to eat a little better. I’m hoping that I can retrain myself back down to my ideal weight without the structure of some diet or class.
In May of this year I signed up for a local gym and trainer once a week. Where I was once going to the gym and running on the treadmill or elliptical almost every day for 30-60 mins, my exercise plan has dwindled down to once a week bike rides and the usual trainer meeting. Well today I’ve decided to quit being lazy, take my insecurities in hand, and make a new change.
When I moved to my new place, one of the perks was that it was so close to my gym. This means I could go multiple times in a day if I want…or not. Finally moved in and decently settled, I went to bed early last night and set my alarm for 6:30 this morning. For the first time EVER, I am a morning gym worker-outer! Go Me!!
After a 30 minute elliptical run this morning, I felt accomplished and ready to take on the day! I even had enough time to make myself a healthy breakfast and lunch. No more fast food lunches! I was even a few minutes early for work!
I know it’s early (after only one day) but I feel like I’m on my way to a new habit and healthier lifestyle. Doing it in the morning, I won’t feel so bad when I don’t feel like sweating after a long day. Also, with working out and adjusting what I’m eating, I think I may even be able to treat myself to those favorite foods I always feel so guilty consuming!
Wish me luck!!