Two and a half years ago I really had a wake-up call that I needed to prioritize my health. We were at Disney Land and I was having a hard time walking all day, needing to stop, getting tired and eating all the unhealthy foods Disney had to offer. I had already been “dieting” for 3 months before our trip and I was still weighing in at a solid 197 lbs at 5 foot 6 inches tall that was the heaviest I have been. Pregnant with C I topped in at 207 on delivery day, but pregnancy weight is a bit more forgiving.
The problem with my diet, it was restrictive, I was also kidding myself. We’d go get salads from a local burger joint down the street from work every single day, but what I wouldn’t tell anyone was that I was skimming all the guys fries on my way back to work with my salad. So I’d be like “I eat salad every day! Why can’t I lose weight?” Talk about lying to yourself. We’ve all been there though, sneaking treats and pretending if no one sees you eat it, the calories don’t exist. Just me? oh, ok.
My work outs? Non-existant. I’d go for short walks some days but wasn’t consistent. Getting on a consistent work out routine was the most important for me, the diet followed. I did participate in the Beachbody 21 day fix work outs and meal plans and in that first 3 weeks I lost over 17 lbs, it was the biggest drop I had in the shortest period of time, but I was rigid with the work outs and the meal plans. I went on for a second round and lost another 10 lbs. Six weeks and I was down 27 lbs. I let up, slowed down, but stuck with the meals and the work outs.
I’ve kept up on slowly chipping away at the final pounds over the next 2 years and am finally at a comfortable weight for my size and body type. I work out consistently a few times a week and eat healthy 80/20. Instead of restrictive diets and secret french fries, I’m all about moderation and living life to the fullest, even if that means a small dish of ice cream after a long day!