So, I’ve been meaning to write a post about my weight loss journey for a while now and am finally getting around to it! This is only to give you a peek into what has worked for me…it may not work for you and it may not be right for you, so keep that in mind!

In 2010 I reached an all-time high in weight and my BMI rose into the overweight range. I try not to focus too much on the scale and more on how I feel and how my clothes fit but I felt really down about myself and hated every photo taken of me…and would erase or throw away most of them! This picture from Easter just made me cringe.

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I wanted to feel good about myself again! I really wanted to improve on my running pace but the extra weight was making it difficult. I have found that running does not exactly help me to lose weight…it is great for fitness and cardio health for me but I found that I was always hungry and supplemented the running with more (too many) calories. I needed to work other forms of exercise into my routine.

You’ve probably heard the line “abs are made in the kitchen”…so true! And for me, it was mostly portion control. The quality of the food I was eating may not have been bad, but I was just eating too much. Even with running regularly the pounds crept on.

I started out by tracking my caloric intake for a few weeks, just to see where I stood (I used Spark People for this). From there, I started measuring my portions. While I knew that I probably wouldn’t stick with the tracking and measuring for a long period of time, it was crucial in getting me to acknowledge my intake. I used portioned containers to pack lunches to additionally help with portion control.

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Whatever I did, I knew I wanted to do it in a healthful manner…no fad diets, cleanses, shakes, or bars! I started reading ingredient lists on packaged foods (and was scared by what I found). A healthy weight loss is about 1-2 pounds a week so I kept that in mind, not expecting major changes right away. I focused on eating real, healthy food.

For me, it was a lifestyle change, not a diet…I wanted to change for the better and remain that way. Other healthy living blogs really helped by giving me new recipes and different ways to prepare real food. Through them I was introduced to foods that I probably would’ve never touched before like kale, green monsters and brussell sprouts.

I started using my gym membership more to strength train, in addition to running. It helped me not get too burned out and switching it up helped me to stay motivated. Fueling my body with the right foods has been essential in making sure I have enough energy while working out, and prevents over-eating afterwards!

It has taken a while but the weight has slowly started to go. Now ten pounds lighter, I’m about halfway to my goal weight but really, that’s not my focus now. I love the way changing my eating habits have made me feel! My running pace has improved, my clothes are a bit looser, and I no longer delete all of my pictures.

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My focus now is on fueling my body with whole, natural (and organic when possible) foods and staying fit through running, yoga, strength training and whatever else I find I enjoy. I love to bake so I still do it, I just watch my consumption of the treats. 🙂

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It’s all about the balance.

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