Health

Where Did Your Health Journey Start?

Lately I have had a few of my friends ask me how I got started when I decided I was ready to lose weight and get healthy. At this point, I have maintained for almost two years. It’s not easy but it’s also not as hard as the first few months of creating a new lifestyle. I’d even say that the last couple months have been a struggle and I am not as tip top as I would like to be. I said I wasn’t going to write as much about health, but I think sharing my journey to health again is going to be a great reminder and motivator to get myself back on track again.

So how did I start? What was the first step? Well, it was hitting rock bottom. I had to hit the very bottom to find the motivation to commit myself to building a healthy lifestyle. Healthy lifestyle is key here. I wasn’t trying to diet or lose a bunch of weight in a month. I wanted to build a lifestyle that I could stick to and maintain for years to come.

Here is a breakdown of the first six months:

  1. I read the book “This is Why You’re Fat” by Jackie Warner
  2. I set an overall goal with a timeline: Lose 30 pounds in one year through healthy eating and exercise
  3. I mapped out a year and created monthly goals. My monthly goals never had weight loss attached to them. I did track my weight and measurements each month and took photos. At times I would lose inches but not weight. Tracking the other successes was huge in keeping me motivated.
  4. I made it a point to follow through with plans and started to try to always see a positive.

Month 1:
• Don’t change any of the food I currently eat but add the following every day: two eggs, 1 serving of oatmeal, 1 serving of veggies and 1 serving of fruit.
• Add vitamins (My personal cocktail was: probiotic, fish oil, CLA, B12, D3, C and multi vitamin)
• Drink an 8oz glass of lemon water with 2 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar every morning
• Workout two times a week

Month 2:
• Don’t change any of the food I currently eat but add the following every day: 4 proteins, 3 veggies, 2 fruits, 2 whole grains (plus the two eggs and the oatmeal)
• Vitamins
• Vinegar Water
• Workout three times a week

Month 3:
• Eat: 4 proteins, 3 veggies, 2 fruits, 2 whole grains every day
• Do not eat anything with more than 9 grams of added sugar
• Two Cheat Days
• Vitamins
• Vinegar Water
• Workout three times a week
*It is about this time that I tried Beachbody OnDemand

Month 4:
• I am committed to Beachbody. I start with Insanity Max. I follow the nutrition guide, which is basically what I have already started to follow. (It’s all about the macros!)
• Do not eat anything with more than 6 grams of added sugar
• Two Cheat Days
• Vitamins
• Vinegar Water
• Workout four times a week

Month 5:
• I am still following the Beachbody nutrition guide but invest in the colored containers. Best move ever! I was shorting myself full portions and now that I am eating more food, I actually lose more weight.
• Do not eat anything with more than 6 grams of added sugar
• Two Cheat Days
• Vitamins
• Vinegar Water
• Workout four times a week

Month 6:
• Beachbody with colored containers
• Do not eat anything with more than 6 grams of added sugar
• One Cheat Day
• Vitamins
• Vinegar Water
• Workout five times a week

You can look through my blog and find meal plans and recipes that coincide with the workout programs I did.

 

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