HEALTH JOURNEY - WEEK 8, 9 & 10
Hey guys! Wow it has been a MINUTE since I’ve popped on here with an update. Life has kinda taken over lately and I haven’t been able to write up as much as I’ve wanted to. Admittedly, the last couple weeks have been kind of a roller coaster. I hit a turning point last weekend and wanted to sort of get into my new groove before I did another update soooo here’s what’s been going on.
So you know that I’ve been on a weight loss journey again after having gained back weight that I had lost after having Bree. I started again the second week of January and essentially for the last two and a half months, I’ve been trying to eat healthy and exercise again. Over that time, I lost about 6 lbs (actually pulled a Hail Mary at the end of February and shed 2 more, for a total of 8 lbs). I know what you’re thinking- what’s wrong with that?! It’s better than nothing. But the truth is, I just wasn’t seeing the results I was sure I deserved for the work I was putting in. It was starting to feel really frustrating and I tried each day to remain patient but I truly felt that nothing was really happening, and started to feel lost. What I had done in terms of exercise and eating healthy was just not doing for me this time what it had done for me in the past, and I didn’t really know what to do or what I was going to change.
So essentially what I was doing was cutting back on calories (talkin’ alotttt of chicken and veggies), cutting out treats, chips etc, cut back on alcohol, exercising each day and drinking a ton of water- and then one day a week I’d let myself eat some things I’d been craving. That method had worked for me a couple times in the past to lose significant weight so I really didn’t think twice when I went to do it again - until I put in a couple months with virtually no change in weight, appearance or body composition. The turning point was last weekend when my brother and his girlfriend came home (he’s in the army and is currently posted out west, which is also where his girlfriend is from, and they were home for a visit). I was telling them about how I was feeling a little lost and felt like I was working hard but wasn’t really seeing any results. They’re both healthy and very fit so I wanted to pick their brains a bit on what I should do.
So essentially, I ended up with an entirely new method of how I’m going about this, and honestly, I can’t tell you how much happier I am with it. Within one week, I feel significantly less lost, and run down. As it turns out, I just was not giving my body what it needed and in turn, it was holding on to everything. So now I’m focusing much more on strength and resistance training, and pushing myself to lift much heavier weights. I’m tracking all of my food in My Fitness Pal and concentrating on staying within my calorie goal, as well as hitting my macros- specifically fat, protein and carb targets for the day. I feel like I have so much more freedom - no matter what, if the food you want to eat fits within those targets, you can have it. My diet now contains all different meats, lots of fruit and vegetables still, nuts, whole grains - I really don’t feel restricted at all and still feel full each day. Plus, lifting heavier weights all the time makes me feel kinda bad ass… I’m sore almost everyday and now I’m just concentrating on fuelling my body so that it has what it needs to recover those muscles. So all in all, I know that any choice I make to work towards better health is welcomed change but I’m feeling better and more hopeful that I’ll see some great results really soon!