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Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Changing your Mindset




Anyone can lose weight.  Anyone can eat healthy. Anyone can exercise.  Anyone can want to change.

In the beginning, this is what I did.  I ate healthy, I exercised, I wanted to change and I lost weight. But it wasn't until around 4 months did I truly change.  My brain craved it.  My body wanted more intense workouts.  I needed to get in my workout or I would be frustrated with myself.  Also at around that time, when I would cheat, I would get so sick.  My body couldn't tolerate the "poison" as thats what it was to my body and still is.

In June of 2013, we went on a family vacation to Disneyland.  I was so nervous leading up this week about my exercise and weight loss goals because I would be living out of a suitcase with an agenda of things to do each day that weren't part of my normal routine.  I was nervous I would get off track and not want to start back up again when I got back.  I went into the vacation thinking I will let myself cheat because I am on vacation and I won't worry too much about exercise because we will be walking a bunch every day, but I need to spend time with my family and not be so caught up in my own fitness goals. That week was very fun and I did eat a lot of foods that I don't eat now.  I didn't get up early each morning like I thought I would and go exercise before our day started.  I was okay with it because for the first time in my life I realized I had control.  I knew that when I got back from California, I would start right back up. My body and mind wanted boundaries and restrictions.  I almost felt a sense of relief knowing that my weight loss wasn't some phase but actually a life style change that I had made and was going to continue.

During that time, I saw the most change happen in me.  I had lost about 40 lbs by then with the goal of losing at least 70 more.  I was still fresh into my journey.  When I got back I weighed myself immediately and gained around 9 lbs for that week.

When starting this journey, you have to fully commit.  Think of it as something you will do for the rest of your life.  I know it can be depressing because I used to think that I just wanted to eat normal (what does that even mean?) but my normal now is the healthy eating and treating myself or cheating is the food I used to eat every day that made me obese.  I know that time was the only thing that could let this happen as with it all it doesn't happen over night.  I promise you though, its worth it.

7 comments:

  1. Good for you! You inspire me to be healthier! Best of luck as you continue to reach your goals!

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  2. Virtually fist bumping you so hard. These are things I need to know right now. Thank you for sharing your story!

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  3. Happy for you! Commenting from the freckled fox! :)

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  4. I need to lose 30 lbs by 4/1. The problem? I've never lost weight. I think my problem is consistency. I never can seem to get exercise and eating healthy together at the same time. I'll do great at exercise and meh at eating healthy. If exercise is good for you then my problem is really hand to mouth. When you started out, how strict were you? Did you have only one cheat day? Only one cheat meal? I think I don't know when to cheat and/or how often! Help??? I'm trying to lose weight for IVF should I not get pregnant naturally by then.

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  5. You go girl! You are so right!!!
    It has to be a commitment, not a fad!

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  6. I really needed this. Because I am currently on the track to lose some weight and I have to remind myself that it takes a while to notice a significant difference. I keep reminding myself that "think of how you will look in a year". Long term thinking is key. You are such an inspiration girl. Love ya!

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  7. you are AWESOME! yes a total mindset. and once you change your body WANTS that change! git R DUN! ha ha!

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