My Diet Saga

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From the Heart, Health and Fitness

So, over the last three years, I’ve really let my fitness go. I’ve been active because it’s hard not to be when you are renovating a house. Being really fit requires you to do more than carry heavy stuff and step up and down ladders. However, finding that motivation is always a trick.

Steve is a huge motivator for me to workout and eat well, but let’s face it, he wasn’t here.  Fast food is so much easier. Seriously, I ate more fast food in the last two years than I have my entire life. Trust me when I tell you, it shows!

You guys, I gained 30 pounds over the last three years. Thirty pounds!

I usually lose weight pretty easily, so I can get lazy knowing I’ll just shed the weight later. Well, surprise, surprise, I entered menopause this year, and the weight I was carrying was very happy to hear the news! It seemed like no matter what I did, I kept staying the same weight.

I read some paperwork on menopause that said losing weight will be very difficult during this time, but not impossible. It also said that exercise and a healthy diet will lessen symptoms like hot flashes and moodiness. I mean, there’s the reason right there!

Steve moved home in March, and literally the first weekend he came home, we started working out together. We were running and CrossFitting, 6 days a week. After several weeks I noticed a difference in the way I looked, but hadn’t lost a single ounce. I’m sure I was trading fat for muscle. But come on ladies, you know how we get over the numbers on the scale. More than that I was still large, and my clothes were still tight. I wasn’t feeling good, and at this age I worry about heart disease and all the other things that come along with holding on to weight.

In July I started working the Body for Life program, and lost 12 pounds. I also completely gave up all dairy. I’m not a fan of eliminating any food group, but I’m lactose intolerant, and I’ve been suffering for years over the refusal to stop eating dairy. I feel sooooo much better after that change, but I soon stopped losing weight again. Let me tell you, it’s discouraging to work hard, eat food you don’t really enjoy, and still get zero results.

Three weeks ago I started a program called Vshred and have lost four more pounds. The workouts are easier, and the food is much better. I love the recipes on the diet and would actually eat them after losing the weight.

After seven months of working out and eating better, I’ve lost a total of 16 pounds. That puts me about half way to my goal.  I’ve also given myself a year to get this weight off. It just can’t be about speed anymore, or being unhealthy. If it takes longer than a year, I’m ok with that too. I’m gaining benefits all along the way by eating clean and moving my body. I’ve gone down a pant size and have even gotten into my “skinny jeans.” I don’t feel squeezed into my own body anymore either. My favorite part is that I’m strong, and I can carry heavy things and play again.

Last week I went for my annual check up and my Dr. told me I’m in a healthy BMI range and am not over weight. So now it’s really up to how I want to look and feel. Most importantly I feel like it’s about having a realistic view of myself over what I think I have to be, or what I’ve been once before. These days, I just really want to feel good, and be strong so I can live longer and be able to be mobile for years to come.

People are totally counting on me to stick around.

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Just a girl, on a journey. Thankful for love, thankful for friends and family, and thankful for forgiveness. Full of passion, conviction and hope.

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