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My journey for health and fitness has for sure been a journey. I used to be real thin and healthy most of my life, mainly because I worked out all the time and really watched what I ate, especially when I got into college and was able to start making my own food decisions.
Right before I got pregnant with Bree, I actually gained alot of weight. I went up at least a good pant size. Alot of this was attributed to me eating worse and not working out like I used to. Basically I got really lazy. Once I got pregnant with Bree, I gained alot more weight. Yes, alot of it was water weight. I swelled up like a balloon. Alot of it was just my unhealthy habits. I stopped working out. I ate whatever I looked at. I used the excuse "I'm pregnant and will gain weight anyways" as an excuse. I told myself the weight would just melt off after giving birth. Well, some of the weight went down. Basically my organs that were swollen went down. I lost water weight and lost an 8lb baby from inside me. The fat though did not melt off. I went up to a size 12-14 in clothes. This was large for me. My normal size is a 6-8. This is where I am comfortable. I know I will no longer ever be a size 2 or 4 and I ma ok with that. I had Bree in September 2016. Easter of 2017 I made the announcement that I was going to be proactive and lose the weight.
I started my journey on eating 2x/day a fruit protein shake. I used the app MyFitnessPal to record my food intake so I can keep track of my nutrition, and calorie input and output. I got a FitBit and tracked my exercise. I bought workout DVDs and worked real hard doing exercises I haven't done, well ever, like burpees and mountain climbers. The weight came off very quickly. I ended up dropping a good 30-40lbs, went down to my normal true size 8 and even fit into some size 6's. I felt stronger, healthier, happier. Part of this journey was not just weight loss, which was a major part yes, but also I know that this was not healthy. I didn't feel healthy. My mental attitude was negative.
I did very good with this for a long time. Eventually I added real food back into my diet and did 1x/day protein drinks usually at lunch so I can bring them to work. The weight stayed off. I kept getting fitter. It was good. Eventually my laziness took hold and I stopped the protein drinks all together. I stopped the healtheir eating of salads, fruits, and veggies. I lived on pasta, fried foods, and ate out for lunch. The weight started coming back on. I definitely have noticed.
My clothes that were fitting me over the summer are not feeling too tight. I am noticing a bloated belly bump that should not be there. My hips and butt have definitely become larger and more prominent. My face is more swollen. I am again unhappy. I feel tired and winded when I move.
For a good year now I have been doing a bootcamp and OrangeTheory Fitness. I was doing OrangeTheory about 2x/week and the bootcamp 2-3x. I still was gaining weight. Why? I would eat large, sugary sweet coffee beverages. I would Dunkin' Donuts sandwhiches. Their wake-up wraps and croissant sandwiches are great! These aren't healthy though. I would eat quick things at home and make spaghetti regularly. You know what they say, abs are made in the kitchen and this is so true! I was working out doing hardcore workouts and felt strong but I was still eating way more than I should. I ate desserts I shouldn't have been eating every night. My sugar intake, my carb intake, my caloric intake was all too high. I wasn't eating enough protein. Unless I worked out multiple times a day, it just wasn't enough.
One thing I noticed about myself that if I tell myself I'm going to do something, I probably won't do it. If I tell the world I'm going to do someting, then I will. I have a hard time holding myself accountable but I am if I know people are watching.
So what am I doing now? Well I do not believe in just dieting. Those may work to drop weight quickly but it is not sustainable. They dont't work to keep weight off because once you start incorporating regular food back in, the weight will come in quicker than it took to get it off. Those diets deprive your body of too much that isn't healthy. I believe in moderation. I believe in giving your body stuff it likes and wants, not depriving yourself. I started keeping track again with MyFitnessPal. I found that this is the best thing for me because it really shows me what I am eating too much of. I have added more protein in. I drink a protein drink like a SlimFast or one I make myself for lunch or I eat a protein bar like Quest. Quest is great! Most of them taste so good and sweet but with barely any sugar and 20g of protein. For breakfast I have been eating 2 eggs plain with just a dash of olive oil to scramble it in so it doesn't stick. Sometimes I add a small amount of salsa for flavor. I have been adding Vital Proteins to my water bottle once a day with a couple slices of lemon. Collagen is great for keeping your hair and nails looking good and also great for the muscles. I find my muscles seemm to recover faster after my workouts when I take my collagen. I have been drinking alot more water. I felt so dehydrated before but I hae been feeling so much less bloated and dried out when I drink an adequate amount of water. My fruit and veggie intake has greatly improved. I eat a banana and peanut butter as a snack every day, especially on days I work out because I really need the potassium to help with any pain in my muscles. I eat a cup of carrots with hummus to have adequate Vitamin A. I have been eating more greens either as a chicken salad or a salad on the side. We have at least a protein and a side of veggies every night for dinner. I try to avoid using too much butter. I would much rather use olive oil. It is ahealthy fat and heart healthy. I have been limiting my sugary coffee. I'm not perfect at this. I get the iced Starbucks coffees from the grocery store and have only 1 cup in the morning. If I do go get a coffee at a coffee shop like Starbucks I will get a small or tall nonfat cappuccino which is only about 60 calories. If I need some sweetness I will add a little sprinkle of the cinnamon or vanilla that is left out. Again, my biggest change is recording my food. I still allow myself dessert but try to stick with the serving size. Instead of something like chocolate chip cookies or cake I will eat graham crackers with dessert hummus.
If you haven't tried it, it is great. I found this at Target. It is called Delighted by Hummus and it comes in chocolate brownie, snickerdoodle, or vanilla bean. I have only tried the chocolate brownie but it is great! Even my husband liked it and he is really picky and hesitant to try new things. I use graham crackers or reduced fat Nilla wafers. Also, as a snack I found the That's It bars. These are great and only 100 calories. They are a bar made of 1 apple and whatever other fruit you get such as strawberries, kiwi, or blueberries. It tells you how much of the fruit is in the bar, but literally all that is in it is the fruit. I feel content eating this snack knowing it is only fruit, nothing else added, and such a sall maount of calories.
Now that I have cut out alot of carbs I feel so much less bloated. I feel more energized throughout the day. I feel like I am performing better at my workouts. I have been taking a multivitamin every day to give my body an extra vitamins or minerals I did not get everyday. This is the way that I should feel and want to feel. I am hoping and expecting the weight to drop as well.
We all may have different reasons for going on our health journeys. We all have different ways we go about reaching our goals. I am not saying that my way is the right way. What I am saying is that this way is what feels right for me. We all need some extra accountability at times. By me putting this out there for you all to see, I am making myself more accountable. Hopefully I can come back and report some more postivie things.