This post is going to be a little different from what I normally do. Today, I want to talk about my weight loss journey.
I have always struggled with my weight. For as long as I can remember, I didn’t like for my picture to be taken because I knew I was going to look fat. I know the word “fat” means different things to different people but every time I saw a picture of myself all I could think was “Wow, am I really that big?!”
In September of 2014, I had had enough. I knew that I wasn’t healthy and I was the biggest I had ever been. I started my weight loss journey at 204 pounds. In no way, shape or form am I saying that if you weigh 200 pounds you are fat. But, for my body I knew I had a lot of extra weight. I am 5 foot, 4 inches tall with wide shoulders and more of a narrow waist.
I’m going to show you some before pictures first. These range from 2012-2014.
This photo was taken in June 2014, as soon as I saw it, I knew it was time to do something. I didn’t like the way I looked, I didn’t like the way I felt and I made the decision to do something about it.
I started out by doing the South Beach diet. My doctor recommended it and I had heard amazing success stories. So, I went to Walmart and bought the book. I read the book cover to cover, made my grocery list and bought everything I needed for Phase 1. [The diet has 3 different Phases, you can find the information online or by buying the book.]
Phase 1 lasts 2 weeks, in those 2 weeks, I lost 10 pounds! I moved on to Phase 2 and I stuck to it until the holidays came around.
Then Thanksgiving and Christmas came and I wasn’t losing anything.
I decided to go back to Phase 1 of the diet to jump start my weight loss again.
I lost 12 more pounds and I was so excited! From this point, I went back to Phase 2 with a cheat day every week.
I continued this for about 6 months. My husband and I decided to treat ourselves to a trip to Mexico in July. I can’t tell you how nervous I was to wear a bikini in public. My husband said it best, he told me that we would never see the people we met there again and I looked awesome in my new bikinis! So, I rocked them and I felt awesome! There is no reason why you shouldn’t feel good about your body. I worked hard to get where I am now and I was going to show it off!
I am now on Phase 3 of the diet, this Phase lasts forever. The South Beach diet is a lifestyle change. I have learned what to eat and amazing alternative to things I used to love. I will share some of my favorite recipes in a future post. I have recently started attending classes at a local gym and have met some amazing ladies!
Some of my favorite things to do at the gym are cardio on the elliptical, Group Power (a class that works your largest muscles: legs, arms and core) and Yoga.
As of today, I weigh 157 pounds. I went from a size 14/16 to a 6/8. If I can do it, anyone can do it! If you have any questions, you can leave a comment or send me an email. I am always happy to share tips and tricks that I have learned along the way.
My body is still changing and I am still on my way to becoming the best me I can be.
Some of my tips for weight loss:
-Set realistic goals and reward yourself when you reach those goals.
-Eat when you are hungry, not because you are bored.
-It’s okay to slip up every now and then but never give up!
-Don’t weigh yourself everyday, weight loss takes time. I suggest every two weeks.