For the past 6 years my weight has played a huge role in my life.
2012 – I was in the best shape of my life. I had started college was regularly spending hours in the gym, riding horses for hours, swing dancing with my boyfriend (now husband). I ran a zombie run, a mud run, and was regularly doing pilates, Zumba, and weight lifting. At my lowest I was 163 so I could still loose some but I do have a larger frame so this was a decent weight for me.
2014/15 – Fast forward through a few relationship problems, transferring to Clemson, putting riding on the back-burner, developing unhealthy eating habits, and a more hectic school schedule; I slowly gained weight up to around 230 lbs. I hated how I looked but nothing really ever registered that “Hey! I need to lose weight”. A family member was pursuing a plant-based diet and it sounded like a neat thing so for no particular reason I embarked on that journey. I did lose 30 lbs but also struggled eating in social situations and developed health problems that I believe were associated with the imbalance of nutrients. I changed up my diet to sort of a whole foods approach with no strict rules and maintained my 200 lb weight. Shortly after I was engaged to my boyfriend of 4 years and operation #WeddingBod was underway.
2017 – I embraced a strict paleo diet 2 months before the wedding to make sure I fit in the wedding dress I picked out and…. it worked! The wedding was gorgeous and I felt great. I did not workout much during this time just followed my strict diet. Over the honeymoon I ate 50/50 paleo and whatever I wanted. When I came back I went back paleo again and dropped the honeymoon weight. I then began a new job… and with the new job developed bad eating/exercise habits. As a Park Ranger we all ate healthy diets and regularly hiked up to 6 miles a day doing trail work. With the new job the physical labor is nowhere near what I was used to and my diet went to cheeseburgers and french fries (Because I wanted to fit in I let everyone else influence me… how stupid!) Well its no surprise between our wedding in May to December I gained all the way back to 230 lbs and still going up.
2018 – Ive spent the past 4 months bouncing between ideas (more like 438263 failed attempts). With my current lifestyle non of the “fad-diets” really fit and just make things more stressful. I have decided to make small adjustments to my diet and lifestyle to find the most sustainable and healthiest plan for me to take. I have also decided to create a section in my blog for this so I can look back on my journey when I need encouragement or maybe it will help someone out there who just can’t follow a “fad-diet” or a popular you-tuber who’s reality is in our dreams. I plan to make a post around the first of every month with progress and updates.
I want to lose the weight to feel more comfortable with my riding, to be able to handle the terrain at work for hikes and fire training, to love my clothes again and to see the girl in the mirror that I feel. I am using this section of my blog to hold myself accountable and record every step of the way. I want to look back at this post in a year and think, “Man, I’m so glad I did this!”. I will try to monitor my success in various ways: How I feel overall, how clothes fit, how my performance changes, and weigh-ins.
So as of today, I have signed up for Planet Fitness as going to a gym really sets me up for healthy decisions and I try to make healthy eating choices and tweak things as I go. If anyone has been to Planet Fitness they know the Hydro-Massage is #HeavenOnEarth so that is my motivation to push through each workout. On Days I don’t go to the gym I am at the farm enjoying time with my 1200 lb. 4 legged boys (Who need a workout program too with all this green grass!).
Current stats as of May 1st.
Current weight: 241.8
Goal weight: 160ish
So Till next month,
“The first step to getting anywhere, is deciding you’re not willing to stay where you are.”