Wednesday, April 23, 2014
I am stubborn. Not about everything, but the things I am passionate about, I would fight tooth and nail for. I am PASSIONATE about food. I am sure some of my fat may be due to deep-rooted psychological issues, but MOST of it is because FOOD IS
Everyone who has ever been on a diet has heard the addage that weight loss is 20% SWEAT and 80% NUTRITION. That sucks. Why can't I just eat my coffee cake and dance later???!!!
I am telling you, if weight loss was determined solely by effort of movement, I would be waltzing through the supermarket in a bikini!
But it's not. And even though I had heard that 3,000 times before, I didn't wholeheartedly believe it until Monday night. I went to a Zumba class and ran into a woman that I had not seen in about six months. The last I had seen her, she had already lost 40 lbs from her all-time high, but she still had weight to lose. She had told me, at that time, that she had joined Weight Watchers and that she really needed to focus on her diet because she was working out like crazy but had stopped seeing results. I wished her the best, got married and gained "Love weight". In the meantime, she focused on her nutrition and continued to workout. When I seen her on Monday, I didn't immediately recognize her. But then I did a double take.
She has lost an additional 45 lbs!!! From the time I originally met her over a year ago, to know, she has gone from what I suspect to have been a 22W/24W to her current size 10. She carries a lot of her weight in herbottom half so she may easily be an 8 on top. Her transformation is MIRACULOUS!! I take that back. It wasn't a miracle. It was her hard work, tenacity, fight and focus that got her there. But most importantly, it was her NUTRITION. She told me after class that she plans everything and tracks everything. And THAT is when it clicked for me. This woman and I have spent plenty of time in the sauna together after a class trying to encourage each other and sharing our struggle. She loves food just like I do. But she also likes to sweat, just like I do. I thought to myself: you can BE where she is at if you are WILLING to do the WORK that she did. I MUST TRACK FOOD! I also can't allow boredom to dictate what I put into my mouth. I have to be okay with being hungry. On a sidenote: I attempted to track my food on Spark yesterday and it was not working. Nonetheless, nutrition is the bizness!!