I've been on this weight loss/getting in shape thing for almost 3 years. It took me over 2 years to lose 50 pounds, and I know why. My eating habits had improved like crazy over the course of 2 years, but I was still eating a lot of processed food, I wasn't always honest with my nutrition tracker, and I was doing all cardio in the form of running and almost zero strength training. But still, I lost 50 pounds. Yay me. But I was "skinny fat." Yeah, I certainly LOST a lot of fat, but I also lost a lot of muscle in the process. Once I reached my final weight loss goal, it wasn't the end of the road for me. I wanted to improve my figure, lose that belly and tone, tone, tone. I still couldn't bring myself to let go of the processed foods or do any strength training, but recently, out of nowhere that has changed. For the past month or so, I've been strength training, I've only been running, at the very most, 2 days a week (partially because it's damn cold, and I'm a baby). I see more definition everywhere - my arms and shoulders are looking AWESOME, I can do push-ups, and my favorite thing - my pants are starting to loosen up. AND I'm slowly letting go of the processed foods that I just couldn't stop eating. It's great that I actually WANT to eat healthy, and now I don't feel like I'm FORCING myself to eat healthy. All of those processed foods that I've been unable to let go of - protein bars, frozen veggie burgers, cereal, crackers, frozen appetizers - I don't really want them anymore. I want fresh fruits, vegetables, almonds, and I love making homemade versions of my once favorite convenience foods. Also, I'm trying to eliminate sugar, which brings me to my next exciting victory.
I've told my boyfriend (and really, everyone who will listen) that I'm trying not to consume added sugar and chocolate because of how addictive it is. I love sweets, I love chocolate, and I lose control with all of the goodies that surround me around the holidays. I'm hoping that by reducing my sugar now, I can be satisfied with only one cookie or one cupcake or one piece of chocolate by the time Christmas Eve comes around. (We have the entire family over for appetizers and snacks, which means lots and lots of junk.) But the boyfriend gave me eight of those individually wrapped Russel Stover holiday-shaped chocolates with marshmallow or peanut butter in the middle. I can't say no to him. Anyway, they're not THAT bad. I think the 'mallow ones are 110 calories, 16g of sugar, 3g of fat. One is not that bad. Before, I'd have all of them gone in a day. I'd eat one after another after another and feel AWFUL. Yesterday I brought them home and had one. ONE! In the middle of the day. I didn't go back for another one after dinner. (I also put them on the top shelf in one of the kitchen cabinets so that I have to climb on the counter to get to them...BUT STILL!) THIS IS HUGE FOR ME. I think I've FINALLY conquered my bad habits. I'm thrilled, and I'm so excited and determined to keep it up. I'm so thankful that I have an entire community with whom I can share this exciting news. No one, not my parents, friends, sister or boyfriend, can understand how exciting this is for me. Thank you, Spark Friends, for always supporting me and encouraging me.
I also went through my sister's jean drawer and tried on some of her jeans she left behind, and I was able to fit into a pair of her size 3 jeans from PacSun. Slight muffin top, but who cares! I fit into them!