Now that you know my philosophy on self-acceptance and my practical how-to's for dressing during weight loss, I thought it would only be appropriate to share with you how I lost my weight.
This is not a tutorial for your life, but merely a reflection of mine. How I went from being obese to fit and healthy.
It was a journey for sure. I didn't wake up one day and thing, man, I gotta lose this weight, and boom it happened.
But as we all know, if you starve your body it's going to crave FOOD. So often after work I'd swing by the store and load up on sugary drinks and fried foods. Because lets face it, you don't get overweight eating 150 calories a day of cardboard and chalky beverages. :( You also don't learn to respect and appreciate quality food and nutrition.
Fast forward several months to just past my 24th birthday. It was Thanksgiving and I had over eaten (as usual) and was trying to fall asleep. I was at my in laws and sometime in the middle of the night I had excruciating pain in my mid section. I kid you not. I told myself "that's what you get for eating too much" and tried to get comfortable enough to go back to sleep.
Weeks later I awoke to the same feelings, only more intense and painful. After a night of crawling between my room and bathroom, I went to work and made it halfway home before I had to call my mom.
My mom is the voice of reason. No drama, no nonsense. We never got away with a princess complex growing up. So I knew if something were really wrong, she'd be completely honest and drama-free about it. So I called her and she told me to turn around as soon as I could and go to the hospital. If that wasn't a sign. ;)
Two weeks and lots of tests later, I went in for emergency gall bladder surgery. I was 24. I could not believe that I had gotten to this point. Me. My life was really just beginning, but my body told a different story. I was killing it. I promised God and myself in the post-op room that I was going to change. No longer could I blame anybody else for the state I was in. It was my body, my choices, and my future.
Couch to 5K program. It hurt, guys. I'd cry because it hurt so bad. It isn't easy. It never is, and frankly shouldn't be. But it is worth every effort.
I exercised to tone my body and increase heart health. All along my goal has been to first be healthy, and secondly to look good. ;) I saw my organs in an ultra sound pre surgery, and I felt so guilty for how I'd abused them.
I slowly added on some weight training using a workout DVD primarily with dumbells.
Over the past few years I'd moved from Bob Greene's book to the Eat Clean "diet". I loved this way of eating, and for a lot of people this will be plenty good. The food is doable, tastes great, and in many of the books there are ready meal plans.
In a period of a few years I've dropped 70+ pounds and gained self worth, happiness, and pride in my accomplishment. I'm not obsessed with the scale, I don't take any pills or weight loss supplements (never did), and I'd never lie to you and say it was easy.
So stop lying to yourself about what you deserve, and take charge of your life. What you want can be yours if you want it bad enough. Turn off those doubting, negative voices in your head and believe that you really can do anything and everything you set your mind to. There is no reason why you can't live your best starting this very moment. You deserve your dream.