Even though I have always been a “healthy eater” and have had a pretty active lifestyle, I never quite lost the baby weight that I gained, but really you can’t even call it baby weight, as my son is 13 years old. So really it was weight that had been creeping on for years after years. I saw photos of myself one day where I was wearing jeans and a tank top, I was mortified of my love handles.
For years, I had been complaining about them and felt very conscious of my mid section especially, but I would also be saying that it must be that I am just made that way, that it’s the age, because after all I don’t eat fast food, I don’t drink soda, and I love my fruits and veggies. I had even tried few of the most popular fads, like whole 30 and Keto. And nothing seemed to be working.
On June 27th 2019 I decided I was so sick of the way my body looked and I was determined to go all in and try something I had not tried before, full commitment. By the way, I was happy the way my body felt, but I was not happy about how my body looked, my love handles had became a permanent fixture of my body.
So, I researched some stuff and started following some great trainers and reading about it. What really sits well with me is “truth”, no BS kind of approach, I also did not want to diet as I do love food, I was looking for a lifestyle where I can feel great and age well and enjoy every day.
- I found macro-counting aka mindful eating, that focuses on high protein eating. I downloaded My fitness pal app. and I never looked back, I have been religiously logging and counting for 4 months. I know this sounds extensive, but I chose to do it that long, you really figure out the amount of food you need to eat within a month. I played with my numbers ( macros) for a little bit to make sure they align with my body and appetite. I have to say this exercise has been the most life changing. It was years of unlearning the way I eat, it has eliminated all the confusion that I have had with food. Now I know what I can eat, what I can’t/shouldn’t eat, what I should eat in moderation etc. To lose weight the idea is to eat in caloric deficit, to maintain is to not exceed your caloric intake vs. how many you lose. And obviously to gain you need to eat more calories than you use, everyone know that LOL But for your body composition to change your focus needs to be on calories and protein foremost.
- The other thing is, that I reduced my working out and my anxiety around it. I used to run a lot, I love running, but I would run aimlessly thinking I need to do cardio to lose weight, the more the better. What a lie. I now work out about 20-30 minutes 4-5 days a week, that is it. I rotate muscle groups for weight and make 1 day of it cardio, running, that maybe more than 30 minutes, I try to do at least 3-4 miles. Depending on the day and week and/or weekend, I really listen to my body and what it is asking me. Most mornings I also add a quick yoga routine, for stretching.
So far I have lost 15 lbs, I can’t even believe I am saying that, because I never believed I could do that. I truly did not think I had the will power. I want to lose 5 more lbs, and then maintain.
For those 4 months, I have evolved and changed things around, logging my food and calories really helped me figure out what foods I should be eating. I started out with being quite strict, but have relaxed a little lately as I am learning it really is ok to eat all kinds of foods. I started out with being scared of carbs and sugars, but then letting them back into my life. Now I know when to eat them and when not to. One of the biggest things I learned is I have to be extremely careful about how many nuts I am eating, I love all kind of nuts and it used to be my go to snack. Now I only eat them rarely as a little topping on a salad or on oatmeal. Another is salad dressings and sauces.
The 15 lbs may not seem so extreme, but going into this I wanted to lose weight slow and steady to make it sustainable and I am very happy that I have not given up. I would like to say it is my lifestyle now and would love to continue this. Bye Bye love handles xoxo