Experiencing first hand how weight loss/cleaner eating/exercise is making me feel great and beautiful!
So this post is not completely beauty related. But I felt like sharing this anyway, because I’m feeling pretty proud of myself.
Today I listened in to Bob & Sheri on the radio. For anyone who hasn’t heard of them I highly recommend finding out if one of your local stations has them. They make me laugh so much on the way to work in the mornings.
Anyway, today Bob had a list of things that supposedly make women feel sexy, and would ask Sheri if they in fact did.
I got a real kick out of her response to “when someone pays you a compliment”. She told a story of how a man approached her in Walmart and told her she was tiny enough to fit in a box in the back of his truck. It’s a compliment, sure, albeit creepy.
Of course having your hair/makeup done was also on the list but the one that struck a cord with me was “losing some weight.”
I have struggled with my weight since college. The Taco Bell on campus totally stole my heart, and my figure. I’ve been over weight for about 8 years now. I’m not ashamed to say the number. 220 pounds is what I have been consistently stuck at. I would love to one day get down to my ultimate goal of around 170.
It’s not an impossible feat but man has it felt like one. I have been on diets like crazy, making a routine of losing twenty pounds, slacking, putting it back on, rinse, lather and repeat.
I was so out of shape it’s shameful to watch me try to get up and down stairs, and that gets old.
Then a beautiful friend asked me to be a bridesmaid in her wedding. And I just decided I had enough of it. Even if I wasn’t going to hit a magic number, I was going to try and make myself look a little better than I was at before this wedding.
Mind you it’s in September so I don’t have a lot of time left.
I started walking outside, every weekday after work. I found two-fold enjoyment out of it. I love nature (except for bugs) and walking was a good starting place for me.
I have been at this, along with being a bit more conscious about what I eat, for about two months now. I’ve lost almost nine pounds. I would love to get under 200 before the wedding, but ultimately I’ve decided that, it’s just a number. What is more important is how I feel. And I feel better health wise then I have in a long time. It’s not as easy for me to get winded, my pants aren’t tight on me anymore, and when I look in the mirror, I can actually see that my body is starting to look a bit more toned, a bit less flabby.
I by no means am a fitness expert, or anything of the sort, but here’s a few tips on why I think what I am doing is working. I would encourage anyone to try them, and see if they work for you.
Use common sense when it comes to what you put in your body.
I haven’t been religiously counting calories, though I will say some people need the numbers to stick by. I’m trying out what I’m calling the “common sense” approach. Chances are, if you are mostly sedentary like me, your body doesn’t actually need a lot of food to get through the day. Eat only what you can get by on without being hungry. Eat healthy snacks like fruit or nuts instead of candy or pop. On that note, you don’t need pop at all. I drink water 95% of the time. If I have a pop, it’s a special treat, and I own it.
Start small, but aim large.
I used to hate to exercise. I never understood how anyone could enjoy it. It wasn’t until recently I discovered that it actually can be fun if you make it fun for yourself. Get an iPad and set it up on the treadmill, so you can Netflix binge while you walk. Listen to music, try out hiking; Do something to make it fun for yourself.
I can’t walk very fast or very long, about 30 minutes a day is my average right now. But later on, I aim to increase it. Slowly but surely.
Don’t be fixated on the number.
That weight number is great if it goes down, but what’s really important is how you are feeling and the results physically. If you’re healthier and feel more confident, mission accomplished, even without hitting the magic number.
Don’t be fooled by a diet.
Anything that promises you quick weight loss is not worth doing. Trust me. I have been there and done that with Slim Fast, Nutrisystem, etc. It never failed to make me lose 20 pounds fast. But that 20 was lying in wait somewhere because if I would go off it for a few days it’s right back on me. It’s hard to stick to something that hardcore. It’s a lot easier to simply adapt some healthier choices of what you eat, and one by one eliminate your old favorite vices.
As I said, I am no weight loss/fitness expert. I just wanted to share with all of you something else I am becoming passionate about, and something that is helping me to feel more beautiful.