The Lifestyle Change

When you decide to change your lifestyle from one extreme to another it turns out to be harder than you thought it would be. I went from eating everything in sight, drinking and even smoking every weekend. I treated my body like shit. Once I flipped a switch saying I can’t do this anymore everything changed. In the beginning it seemed like losing the weight was going to be a breeze after seeing all the water weight fall off. Once those water weight pounds fell off it got so incredibly tough. My weekly weight-ins turned in something I was dreading because the number on the scale was not moving. When you don’t see the progress happening it’s hard to stay on track.  The struggle between staying on track and wanting to eat a burger and fries was so real! I’d go out to eat with friends and they would be eating whatever they wanted whereas I was sitting there eating a salad. I would constantly have to remind myself why I was doing it.

Even doing anything social became so different.  I always had to find the time to go to the gym.  My hours after work turned into going to the gym, dinner then bed. When someone would want to hang out they had to wait till I was done at the gym to see me. Same thing happened to my Sundays. Sundays turned into days for me to meal prep for my week so I would stay on track with eating healthy meals.  If I wouldn’t get to prep my meals it felt like the end of the world. It’s amazing how something you didn’t do before becomes so important to you. Also going out to a bar was a big no-no for me. Alcohol turned into my enemy seeing that it caused me so much weight gain in college. My priorities changed so much with my health, but in a good way!

The only thing about changing my lifestyle is that I don’t have too many people in my life being as passionate about fitness as I am. If I want to go out and do something active I don’t really have any go-to people who would jump at the opportunity, which is totally fine but sometimes doing everything alone gets lonely.  My personal training through my gym has taught me so much about how group exercising really truly motivates you in ways you didn’t even know. When you feel like giving up you don’t because everyone is still going. It’s amazing how a group or even just having a partner helps you!

What started as a diet ended up becoming my lifestyle. Trying to lose weight is a constant journey that you will always be on but it’s a very rewarding one if you let it be!

The Before & After

Oh the infamous before and after photo of weight loss. The one photo that everyone always debates posting.  I have never actually posted my before and after photos.  I never posted them because my thoughts always went to “Oh you’re going to embarrass yourself” or “No one wants to see that”.  Well you know what, no one deserves to feel that way about posting about a huge accomplishment in their life.  So here is my before and after photos…

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The girl on the left is a completely different girl as the one on the right.  I let my weight get out of control, I had no respect for my body.  I was feeding my body garbage so I felt like garbage.  I decided I needed to change how I felt, my two pictures were taken 9 months apart.  Within those 9 months I focused on my eating and exercise.  I had to completely change my mind-set which was easier than I thought.  If you truly want something you will do it with no questions asked.  So when I decided I needed to change my lifestyle I did it because I knew that I had no other choice or I would always feel unhappy.  I changed as a person over this time frame.  I became to love my body again and learn how to take care of it. I became passionate about fitness which is something I never thought I would love.   I was never one to stick with an exercise plan or even be able to eat healthy for a few days but now I could not even imagine my life without fitness and flexible dieting.

This journey has not been easy, to this day it is still not easy.  I have my struggles just like everyone else. One thing I did learn though is to not be ashamed or embarrassed to post your accomplishments. Yes I still have not reached my ideal body goal, but does anyone really?  Just be happy with who you are and your body because no matter what you’re beautiful!

 

How I Ended Up Here

Like a lot of people once I moved away and went to college I gained the freshman 15, plus more. Throughout my 4 years of undergrad I continued to gain weight then lose weight. It was a never-ending cycle. Once I graduated I was in a good place with eating and maintaining a healthy weight.

I moved in with my boyfriend about six months after graduating.  My eating habits turned into eating out for almost every meal and never exercising. That’s how I got to my heaviest weight.  At my heaviest I was 177 lbs, the number on the scale never really bothered me. Until one day I became so fed up with how I felt physically.  I was always tired with no drive to do anything.  I soon then started to notice how uncomfortable I was in my own skin.  I couldn’t walk up the stairs without getting terribly winded or even bend over to  put my shoes on without having to suck my stomach in.  I was done.

The next thing I know I was joining a gym and trying to research into clean eating.  I started out with doing tons of cardio upon cardio.  Then found my love for weight lifting.  Over several months I started to see the changes in my body. On my own and with the help of the personal trainers at my gym I have lost 25 lbs.

This lifestyle change was something I did to just be healthier but within the process it has become a passion.  Something that no one tells you though is how hard it is and how many ups and downs there are.

I am in no way a professional when it comes to exercise or even blogging for that matter.  I wanted to start to share with people my struggles and accomplishments in my journey because I want to hopefully somewhere down the road help someone with their fitness journey.

I will be posting weekly blogs about my thoughts and different topics on my lifestyle! I hope you enjoy , thanks for reading!