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Light Bulb Moment

Tuesday, January 14, 2020

I've been going to the gym now religiously for a year and a half and have only lost 42 pounds. Don't get me wrong, I'm extremely proud of myself but the scale is not my friend right now. If I'm being honest I haven't really been eating healthy and there's no one to blame but myself. I had surgery in October so I took off about 2 months to recuperate. I got lazy and stopped buying healthy foods, prepping my food on Sundays for the week and logging everything I ate on SP! Well, now that I know I only have months before my boyfriend will move in with me I've got to kick it in high gear! All of this change has basically been inspired by him because he's so healthy. He's in excellent shape (he's a dancer) and even though he doesn't expect perfection, I still expect it, even a little bit, for myself.

You see it's been a long time since I've been in a relationship so all this is so foreign to me. At first I loved the attention, the long phone calls, his sweet and romantic gestures, but then the realization of what will eventually happen came to mind! OMG he's going to see me in my birthday suit! The thought of this makes me physically ill!!!!

So I've been working out with a trainer at my gym and he's helped me see the light! He specializes in nutrition and has drilled in my brain that getting fit and losing weight is 80% food, 20% exercise. Now I see that he's correct! I've been trying very hard to cut out all processed foods and to prep, Prep, PREP!!!!!! When you're prepared for the day with good things to eat it's a total NO BRAINER! Being a member of SP for 14 years now it's become ingrained in me to keep track of my water, carbs, fats and proteins and how important all that is to my body and success on the scale!

I'm not one of these people that are going to try fad diets like Keto or Atkins because those are just unrealstic to me. I want to continue eating foods I like, just in healthier portions and with less frequency. My trainer says not to think of "cheating" but "treating" instead! Besides I've tried Jenny Craig, Weight Watchers, LA Diet, Atkins, you name it and it never worked for me. One of the main problems is that I LOVE FOOD! Wish I didn't but I do. Growing up, all family celebrations revolved around eating, like a bazillion other people! So my "food love" started early in life!

But now there's an even bigger reason to get fit (and stay that way) and change my lifestyle! The man I love is much younger than me and I plan on being with him for as long as possible! Besides, the fitter you are, the younger you look right! Also, I don't want to feel like people are staring at us asking themselves what he sees in me! But I digress, that's something I have to deal with on my own!

Anyway, the reason for this blog is just to help shed some light out there for anyone that needs help getting started. One great tip is to always have 1-2 palm size portions of lean protein, 1-2 fist size veggies, 1-2 cupped hand carbs and 1-2 thumb size fats. This visual really helps me! Another tip is to make small goals for yourself. Try prepping for a week and working out every other day! If it worked, then try it for another week. I know how hard it is, trust me, I've been there a million times, but the most important thing is to promise yourself you'll try and don't break your promise!

I know that as long as I can continue on the right path and keep my promise to myself to get healthy that I'll see the pounds disappear! I just have to keep up with my food prep and to change up my exercise regime every 8 weeks or so. The trick is to not let my body get bored. I'm going to try new healthy recipes, especially recipes from where my boyfriend is from.

BABY STEPS! You'll have your light bulb moment too like I did! Good Luck!
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  • BEDA65
    Enjoyed your blog.
    ~B~
    3 days ago
  • SWALLIS7
    Great blog...thanks for sharing. Love the visual tips!!
    3 days ago
  • SHOLAWAY19
    Good luck on your health journey! You can do anything you believe you can and put your mind to! Great tips on taking baby steps towards your goals.
    3 days ago
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