No matter the plan... we all Blog to Lose!
Five years ago, I won my struggle with my weight. I worked hard, and lost 40+ pounds. I look great and felt even better. For the first time in my life I wore a size 6 jeans honestly felt like I'd won the lottery
I soon found that keeping the weight off was , MUCH more difficult than losing it to begin with. Then I fell into the trap of reading umpteen different health and fitness blogs and veering far , far away from what worked for me, my body and my lifestyle, and trying to emulate everyone. My search for what I though thought was "optimal health" made me nothing but confused.
Here I am 5 years later. I am not healthy and I've gained back the 40 plus pounds I lost. It's one thing thing to never have experience feeling victorious over the weight monster, it's quite another to have defeated it then have it rise from the dead and drop you like a ton of bricks. That is my semi-creative way of saying I feel like crap for having gained it all back! I got a taste of thin and not I want it back!
I've come to one conclusion after the past 5 yrs of trying to fight against the tide. I need to do what works for me! I can't rewrite someone else's story. I have to do what makes me comfortable, what works for my budget and my lifestyle.
Many things have changed in the past 5 years since I was successful in weight loss. I was laid off from a job I had for 20 yrs. That devastated me. Then I was hired for a new job. Something I'd never done before. After 3 months I was told that I was a great person, but it just wasn't working out...... I'd failed. That completely killed me! I then took a job that I was hoping would be a good fit. It turned out to be one of the worst experiences of my life. I stuck with it for over a year. Finally out of no where I got a call from a place I'd applied to originally and figured I may as well go in for an interview and see what they had to offer. It turned out to be the perfect fit! After almost 3 yrs of floundering, I finally found where I belong. I am so grateful!
I feel like my life is finally in a settled place. I'm no longer up in the air. So now is the time. I dusted off and studied all my old food and exercise journals.I've decided to let go of all the things that work for other people and embrace what worked for me! I'm going back to basics..
In the past counting calories worked best. I keep to 1200-1500 calories a day, and I document every single thing I put in my mouth. I understand this is controversial and most "popular" health and fitness bloggers are against it, but tough. For me, it works. I need to see it in front of me, on paper, and I need to physically write it down. I also keep track of my workouts in the same journal.
As far as workouts go, my body responds best to short burst of intense exercise 3x a week, steady state exercise 2-3x a week. I love doing the combination of body weight circuit training and HIIT. I find for me it burns the most fat. I am all for getting in and out of the gym [my basement] as quickly as possible. When I lost the weight 5 years ago I did a program called "Turbulence Training". It worked for me, so I'm dusting it off and trying it again!
This time around I'm going to take all the mistakes I made the last time and turn them into a valuable lesson. I am uncomfortable in my own skin right now, I want to get back to where I was. Everything in my life has finally fallen back into place after 3 years of being upside down. Getting my body back is the last piece of the puzzle. This time I know what I'm doing, I know the traps, and I know for sure what works for me.
It's time to get to work!