Oh boy. Fitness. I’ve never really been that person who watches what they eat or stresses constantly about a number on a scale. I don’t keep track of when I work out or how many times I’ve had sugar in the last couple of months. I do however, pay attention to how I feel, how my clothes fit, or how long it takes me to go up a set of stairs. Unfortunately, I’m one of those emotional eaters which strongly affects my weight. I’ve been everything between a size 6 and a size 20 in the last 5 years. I eat when I’m happy and I don’t when I’m sad. It’s not a new habit, I was exactly like this as teenager but I’m not a teenager anymore. I’m old enough now that I need to take care of myself. I feel very strongly that my dietary habits are exactly where they should be. I eat more vegetables and fruits now than I ever have. I am conscious about eating dessert and doughnuts all the time. But somehow, I still weigh 216 lbs. It’s not really the number that bothers me. It’s that I no longer fit in some of my favorite shirts. My pants feel uncomfortable when I sit down. I feel tired and even winded after a single set of stairs. So sadly, I’m coming to terms with the fact that eating right is just not enough. That at (almost) 25 years old, eating well is not enough to keep me healthy. I’m not worried about being “fat” as I feel that “fat” is a relative term. I’m worried about becoming obese, about heart disease, about cancer, I’m worried that I’m setting myself up for a life of agony.
So it’s time for a change.
For exactly 7 days now, Big A and I have been completing a weight loss routine that I found on self.com (see it here, or our personal one below) It might sound silly that I found this in a magazine, but I have to tell you that this workout was hard. In only 7 days, I feel like I’ve pushed myself more than I have since playing basketball in high school. I feel like I’m working, I feel like I’m sweating, and I feel sore everyday. So what’s the goal? Is it pounds lost? Is it a pant size? No. The goal is do this workout (with changes, gotta keep interesting!) just like the below plan from now until December 1 and keep track of how I feel, how my clothes fit, and fast I can go up the stairs. I don’t want to be skinny. I don’t want a miracle. I want to be happy and healthy. So this is not a weight loss journey. This is a health journey.
So begins our new lifestyle. Wish us luck!