“It’s a Lifestyle, and not a pretty one!”
I started my weight loss journey January 2016. I went to the doctor and was faced with a harsh reality. At the time I weighed 199 pounds, and at a height of 5’4″. I was at a high risk for Diabetes, High Cholesterol, as well as High Blood Pressure. That is when I knew it was time for a change. I went through a few steps in order to achieve my weight lost goal of 40 pounds. My first step was to mentally prepare myself for the transformation, which means I had to go into prayer. I needed the strength, drive, and motivation to make this happen. I definitely could not do it alone, I needed a higher being to take me where I needed to be. The strength I was provided through prayer allowed me the discipline to change my eating habits. After I was able to tackle my bad eating habits, I slowly moved into a workout routine. I added more fruits and vegetables to my meals, and cut them in half. I found success with making a shake for breakfast every morning. I tried different recipes to keep me interested. You can find many shake recipes on Pinterest. I was also able to find many healthy dinner options on Pinterest. Once you set up a page, Pinterest will start to send you suggestions based on your likes. I found it easy to attend any type of aerobic classes, to get me interested. Once I started to see my progress, I focused more on going to the gym consistently.
I keep myself accountable using My Fitness Pal. When I started my journey I set my calorie goal to 1,600, and 8,000 steps per day. The more comfortable I came with the goal, it was time to make some adjustments. Now I am at 1,300 daily calories, and 8,000 steps per day. I use my Apple Watch to help me achieve my step goals, another great tool is a Fitbit. If you are not able to obtain any of those devices, no worries. Most phones have apps you can download to help track your steps throughout the day. You can sync your device with the My Fitness Pal app and it does all the work for you. You document all your meals throughout the day. The app makes you aware of how many calories each item has, and how many calories you have for the day. At the end of your day, you can complete your session. Once this is done it will provide an update to your weight loss goal. The key is to stay consistent, and discipline.
I reached my weight loss goal of 40 pounds in August of 2016. The plan now is to maintain my weight as well as continue to tone different areas of my body. I have become so conscious of the work put in, that I can not risk losing it. I made the vow to never go back to that person, and continue on with a healthy lifestyle.