Welcome back! I hope you enjoyed my first post of this series. I am so excited to continue to share my journey with you. Getting started on my fitness journey was easy at first. I wasn’t working out as often, and I wasn’t actually paying attention to what I ate. I wasn’t going overboard, but I also wasn’t intentionally making healthy decisions. When I got started, I decided to start drinking more water, increasing my protein intake, and start going to the gym more often.
Initially, my gym days looked like 30 minutes of cardio and maybe some abs. I was nervous to be at a new gym and had “gym-timidation.” I started off going to Planet Fitness, and I downloaded the Body Space app. Once I overcame my initial gym jitters, I started Jamie Easons workout plan on the app.
While all of this was happening, I realized I had never “dieted” in a way that was meant to be long term. So after much searching and researching, I decided to begin counting macros. I had some help with this at first, which kept me accountable as I was checking in. I lost my first 20 pounds and many inches, and I was so excited to be seeing progress without feeling like I was eating 1/4 of what I really needed in order to feel “full.”
As time went on, I did various fitness challenges to help me learn more about various exercises and how to best push my body. Some of the challenges I did are….. these were all amazing tools for me to learn what exercises I enjoyed and which I didn’t, and what exactly worked for my body. What exactly worked for me and what didn’t? I created a short list for each:
I continued to track macros on and off from November 2014 until June 2017. I lost weight, felt great, but also noticed that tracking had become an obsession. I had gotten to the point where going out to eat immediately flooded my mind with guilty thoughts before I even placed an order. Being in a position that deterred me from what was originally planned out in My Fitness Pal gave me anxiety. Although I was feeling pretty good physically, I was not balancing that “good” feeling with my mental health. I had gotten to a place where I feared certain foods, and I feared gaining weight. I realized that I needed to find a balance, and find happiness outside of my weight loss journey in order to be my true happy, healthy self.
I cannot wait to dive into the third part of this mini blog “series,” and share what happens next and where I’m at now! Check back next week for the newest post, and be sure to comment your thoughts and questions below!