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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.

Overview 

The main things I did to lose weight were 

*Reducing portion sizes.

*Cutting out junk food.

*Exercising daily 

*Followed a simple basic weight loss program (Click here for free signup) with dieting tips etc 

It all sounds simple but it worked and I’ve never been happier in my life 🙂