Updated: Apr 22, 2021
HERE'S HOW I LOST OVER -100lbs WITHOUT products, gimmicks, trainers etc because transformation is one hell of a thing to do. Don’t ever feel bad for being overwhelmed with how far you have to go or the work that has to be done. That is normal. I spent YEARS overweight. Feeling hopeless, Yo-Yo dieting, starting over and over again because I would would lose motivation and eating an entire pizza sounded a lot better than feeling uncomfortable in the gym. But in reality I let that uncomfortable feeling rule my life. I never felt good. Lethargy ruled my life. So what changed? A lot of things. But, I finally got sick and tired of being sick and tired.
I started going to the gym. I used the elliptical cardio machine 5 days a week for 45-60 mins. In addition to that...I also started hiking. I incorporated outdoor activities into my lifestyle. I ALWAYS kept body moving.
I cut out ALL junk food. Anything that was overly “processed” never made it onto my plate. I didn’t buy into products geared for weight loss. Most of my meals were fresh from the fridge. High in protein and vegetables. I didn’t go completely carb free...but I was mindful of what I did consume. I read every nutritional label. If I went to a restaurant I would check online for their nutritional value content. I asked waiters to make substitutions. I quit drinking alcohol and I carried a gallon water jug wherever I went. I never went to bed hungry. Sometimes I would have a handful of chicken prior to sleeping if I felt I wanted to eat more.
This all resulted in -126lbs lost in under a year.
And I DEFINITELY burned out at one point. I have struggled with binge eating and have fought to maintain my weight loss. But one thing has never changed....I don’t ever want to feel sick and tired again. My desire to live life to its fullest is my never ending motivation. I don’t always want to get up at 5am to go to the gym or go after work....but I do what I can. I learned my solace comes during outdoor activities and it’s been the best way to stay happy and healthy for me.
*This was originally posted April 2, 2018.