I know we have all been there with so many things in life. You start something new and are super excited and glad to do it. After some time and the novelty wears off, you are not as keen to keep at it. This also happens when you start living the fit life. In the beginning it is new and exciting, and you are so happy to be seeing quick results, but after a while the results slow down, the daily chicken starts to taste nasty and you try to think of ways to get out of working out.
The good news is, we have all been there, myself included. I had the chance to write about this recently in a blog for my sponsor 1st Step Pro Wellness. Click HERE to check out my blog post to get my tips to keep hitting it hard after the fitness honeymoon phase is over.
As a child I was always on the chunky side. That is not a surprise at all considering I lived in a house where I ate what I wanted, when I wanted. When I finished a meal I could go get something off the candy table.
Anytime throughout the day when I wanted something I just went and got it. Gravy and biscuits for breakfast, fried chicken, mashed potatoes and fried potatoes for lunch, grilled cheese sandwiches for dinner and a snack of a fried chicken patty sandwich with chips before bedtime. By the time I was in high school I was pushing 230 lbs and was wearing a size 18.
I knew I had a problem, I also knew I had to change. But how do you do that, how does someone change? Looking back on it all now, I wish I would have had some of the insight that I do now. At that point in my life change for me was eating all the unhealthy processed food out there that catered to dieters. If it said “low fat” or “fat free” I tried it. I wont lie, I lost weight, I lost 40 lbs in a short time. I also lost energy, I lost concentration, I gained health problems and in the end I didn’t feel any better about myself than I did when I was 40 lbs heavier. I never really liked myself or felt like I was making an improvement on myself, even though the number on the scale was going on.
I continued with this process through college, graduate school, and 2 kids. About a year after my 2nd child I had reached a point of desperation. I was eating at most 1200 calories a day. I was running 4+ miles a day, and I was just not losing weight. I was desperate, and my husband knew it. At that point he gave me the best gift he has ever given me, for my birthday he gave me a gym membership and a consultation with a personal trainer. I really do consider that point in my life to be when I turned a corner. I started strength training 3 to 5 days a week and doing cardio on a regular basis. I totally revamped my diet to include real food, as opposed to the over processed “fat free” junk I had been eating before, and most importantly I started seeing the changes in myself that I wanted to see. The most beautiful part of the transformation, when you reach this point, is that the changes that are taking place inside become just as important as the ones you are seeing on the outside. I gained confidence in myself and no longer placed my self worth on the number I saw on the scale. I started to appreciate my body for the things it could do. Most importantly I started to love myself and in the end, nothing is as important as that.”