Today, I wore a crop top for the first time in public.
360lbs before. I want to say there’s about 165lb and three year difference here.
Even though I had been obese my entire life I knew the day I took this picture that I was going to succeed. Be a visionary. Think about who you want to be, not what you want to weigh. Adopt a healthy and active lifestyle and you’ll see the results physically. :)
LOST: 95 lbs, 10 pant sizes, 8 minutes off my mile, 12 percent of body fat, breathlessness doing everyday activities, patience with bros who lift more than me but can’t re-rack their weights when they’re done
GAINED: 355 lbs in my big three lifts, at least 15 lbs of muscle, and the knowledge I can do anything I set my mind to
Soon I’ll be knocking on the door of 100lbs down. (I’m 5'11)
People always ask me how, and here’s the truth: I spend 5-6 days a week making sure I burn 4,000 calories, take 12,000 steps, have my HR in the fatburn zone for at least 100 minutes, consume at least 170g of protein, and don’t go over my calories. I spend the other day or two being a potato recovering in my bed to do it all again. Off days mean something different entirely to me now though— Cheat days can’t be the same as recovery days because I want my caloric deficit every day. Yeah. It isn’t easy. I feel a hundred different ways about doing this all week long: sometimes I’m tired and hungry and start to wonder why I’m doing this, and other times I am laser-focused on my future goals of kayaking with our baby or lounging comfortably in a bathing suit on a cruise.
The biggest thing that makes a difference for me now is the commitment to ignore myself when I want to give up. Don’t let the toxic mixture of depression, laziness, and self-doubt fuck up what you want for your life and your body. Let one act of self-care be that you are skeptical of your ability to make choices when you doubt yourself and that you will believe the days you feel good, healthy, and strong. If you wanna give up, go to the gym anyway and tell yourself you’ll decide whether or not to give up tomorrow.
(In retrospect, the before photo may be from February of 16, but I’m not going to change it over that)
93lbs ⬇️ from the day I started, by
✅running, rowing, cycling, hiking
✅lots of stretching + water, daily supplements
✅counting macros + calories
✅wearing my fitbit every single day
I’m not where I want to be but I’m so much closer to my goal than where I started 🌙💪🏻🏆