In October 2011 I attended my best friends 18th birthday. I got all dressed up. I though I looked amazing. A few days later, she posted all the photos on Facebook. I was horrified. That wasn’t me. Who was the whale that they had tagged me as. I could barely recognise myself.
It was a horrible feeling.
It was right then that I decided I needed to do something about my weight.
I had always been bigger growing up. I was always taller than other kids my age, and looking back, even when I was a healthy weight for my height, I always felt fat.
When I got into high school, got my license, and started going to parties, my weight began to climb. I had a job, earnt my own money, and often spent it on fast food.
After I graduated, I moved away from home to attend university. I was really unhappy, lonely and stressed. I ended up moving back home after a few months.
It was then that I got a job at a petrol station. I was constantly surrounded by fast food. Chips, fried chicken, chocolate, soft drink. The works. My weight climbed higher. I would drink every weekend, and binge on 5 different types of fast food the next day to try and cure my hangover. But I legitimately thought I was very attractive. When I looked in the mirror, I didn’t see my health going down the drain. I was no longer playing sport. I had lost my will to do anything. I had lived for netball, but I had just given it up. I was tired all the time, and spent a good portion of my time, when not working, eating in bed.
I was too scared to go near a scale to begin with, I tried to cut out some of the junk food but I was clueless when it came to nutrition. I suspect my highest weight was around 265lbs.
In November 2011, everything changed. I was sick of nasty girls I worked with teasing me about my weight. I quit my job, and decided to sort out my weight. The photo’s from my friend’s party had triggered something in me.
On the 3rd of November 2011, I weighed in at a whopping 108kgs or 237.6lbs. At 175cm or 5’9 tall. I had a BMI of 35.3, firmly in the obese category. It was like getting hit by a truck.
I started off small:
*Reducing portion sizes.
*Cutting out junk food.
*Going walking at night time.
*Eating more fruit and vegetables.
I subscribed to a free weight loss program called the mayo clinic diet (Click Here For the Free Signup)It’s a simple program that I highly recommend. It gave me a lot of very relevant weight loss information and really helped me learn the basics of fat loss.
I used My Fitness Pal to count calories, and was shocked when the weight began to fall off me. I couldn’t believe how easy it was. I don’t know why I didn’t try earlier. For the longest time I couldn’t see any changes in the mirror, even though my weight was dropping rapidly. I could only see changes when I looked at photos of my progress.
I will admit that there where times when I fell off the wagon. For a couple of months I stopped counting calories altogether and ate whatever I wanted. Although I did not gain weight, I didn’t lose any either.
I have tried all sorts of things, not always healthy, with mixed results. My biggest problem was actually sticking with something.
I finally realised that the only way I would actually be able to ensure that this journey was not just a DIET but an entire lifestyle makeover, was to eat healthy and nutritious, and focus on total body health.
The weight continued to fall off over the next few months. As I got smaller I began to exercise more. I rollerbladed, played netball, Zumba for Wii, and even gave interval running a go.
There where times when I thought I couldn’t do it. But I found that just by starting I had changed my entire outlook on food. I was more conscious of what I put into my body. I began to really LOVE exercise.
More recently, I joined Tumblr. I wanted something where I could blog, and follow other people on a similar journey, and also reaffirm my goals with fitspirational images and quotes.
For a couple of months I was on a low carb, high protein, ketosis diet (I found it quite difficult to maintain) I am now just working on eating a healthy balanced diet again so that when I reach my goal weight I can just continue with my healthy eating and exercise :)
Looking back on when I started, I could never imagine myself coming this far. It has been a long journey, at times just trying to make good decisions in the hope that ONE DAY I would reach my goal. I am starting to get to the stage when I look in the mirror and I can honestly say I am starting to love the person I see looking back at me.
Thank you for taking the time to read my ramble on. If you have any questions about anything, just send me a message.
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