A few weeks ago, I posted “Let the Journey Begin to a Healthier Me,” detailing the beginning of my fitness journey. Then on Facebook, I asked if you guys were interested in me recapping what I’m up to. And some of you said yes, so here we go! Now, I’m in no way, shape, or form a medical professional. I’m only sharing what is working for me and my body. Just thought I’d throw that out there. And before we go any further, my goal, since day one is to live a healthy and strong life. It’s not and never has been about a number on the scale.
In some circles, there really is no need to have to explain yourself when it comes to your health. But, as a “plus size blogger,” there can be some negativity surrounding any attempt to lose weight. Weird right? Don’t get me wrong, I love my blog and this amazing community, but you should all know that my health comes first.
It’s been a month-and-a-half since I’ve started all of this and I’m happy to report that it’s going great. Actually a lot better than I thought it would. I have lost some weight and I feel pretty good. I’ve drastically changed my eating habits. To be honest that’s been the hardest thing.
What I’m Eating
I’ve cut out sugar, pastas, grains, and dairy. So, I’m mostly eating Whole 30 and Paleo inspired recipes (Google them or search Pinterest for recipes). Now, I’m not as strict as these eating plans expect you to be, but I’ve been doing pretty good. So basically all processed foods are out and fresh veggies, fruits, and protein are in. Oh and I’ve been a major tea drinker, adding a splash of almond or coconut milk to the mix. I’m also taking vitamin supplements.
How I’m Exercising
At this point, when it comes to exercise, I’ve been walking three times a week for an hour. Now, I either do this on a treadmill or walking outdoors with a friend. And I even joined a Pilates studio. I’ve only gone once and that was really interesting. OK, it was really hard and I was sore in places I didn’t know could be sore. That won’t stop me though, I’m definitely going back.
What I’ve Learned
If there’s one thing I’ve learned so far, it’s that having support from friends or a loved one is so important when starting something like this! At home I have my hubby on one side, he’s always amazing. Then on the other side, I have my friends who are cheering me on. Especially my friend Nicole, who has been kick ass! Everyone should have a friend like her. She gets me up and out of my house for those morning walks.
I’ve also learned that changing the way you eat is HARD! I have cravings like a motha’…but I have to tell myself that I’m in control. It’s not the other way around. I will not let the bad food control me. Especially, since it’s the same bad food that has given me high cholesterol and other health issues that I’m not ready to discuss yet.
Last, I’ve realized that good shoes are key for me. I ordered a new pair recently that were made for feet like mine, since I tend to over pronate (my foot tends to roll in when I run/walk) and I have a flat arch. This can cause me a lot of pain. So, if you’re in the market for running shoes, make sure to do your research on the proper shoe for you.
From this moment on, I’m going to start using the #LiveHealthyStrong hash tag on social media. It only fits since these are the three things I’m concentrating on in this journey. If you’d like to follow along, offer your own words of advice, or share your own fitness and health inspiration—please do so! And your positive words of encouragement are always welcome below!