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Monday, July 20, 2015

My Health and Fitness Routine/ Journey

Before
Looking back at old pictures can be a happy time. However, when you were overweight like I was, it was difficult. Trying on clothes was the worst. Although some items are fashionable, it is hard to not look doudy when you are in some types of clothes. In February 2014, I knew that I needed to change. My mom's friend was a BeachBody coach, and was just starting her accountability group. I joined in and completed a five day clean eating challenge. It was hard at first. No pop, no sweets, very little bread. That was pretty much the staple of life for me. After the challenge, I lost about 4 pounds. I continued to eat mostly clean, and did the 30 day challenges my coach gave me. In the spring, and continued into the fall I walked 3 miles daily. Believe me, there were some days that I was grouchy, tired, sweaty, and just wanted a piece of chocolate cake.

I have lost 30 pounds since my journey started. I am not at my goal weight yet, but I am getting there, slowly but surely. My new healthy lifestyle is part of me now. I get up and work out in the mornings. I eat clean most of the time. If I know that I am going to have a hamburger and french fries for dinner, I will drink a protein shake for breakfast. I'll eat some fruit, or something light for lunch. I've added more protein and fiber into my diet instead of carbs. I don't deprive myself. If I want chocolate cake, I'm going to eat the cake. The old me would have had 2 pieces. New Mandii just has one. Again, it isn't easy-especially in the summer. Picnics, random meals out, and gatherings are a good way to get off track. Once work gets into the swing again, I know my lunches will become even healthier as well.

After (and still going!)
It also helps to have goals. My cousin was getting married last August, and I wanted to wear an awesome new dress. It was great motivation to get my butt in shape! My other cousin is getting married this September, so I want to wear a great new outfit! My goal is to lose another 10-15 pounds before her wedding!

On a given day, I walk anywhere from a mile and a half to three miles. I also am starting a new workout series that will slim me as well as tone me. I have a few 5k's planned as well. That's what I've been doing, and it seems to be working for me. I am also a member of a great accountability group. That helps too. I have learned that it isn't about losing weight. It is about being healthy, and gaining confidence in yourself. Being healthy isn't a choice, it is a lifestyle.

What are some of your fitness tips? I am always looking for some! Make sure to leave me a comment and tell me your secrets!

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