Welcome to 2015!! This year is going to be full of new and exciting adventures for everyone. Did you know that 51% of Americans make New Year’s Resolutions and only 8% of them make their goals? I want you to be one of those 8%, and I thought that sharing my story with you might motivate a new and healthier you in 2015.
I’ve always struggled with my weight. At age 10, I was told that I was overweight. I was sent to a pediatric nutritionist, who told me that I was eating well, and no changes were made. I went for monthly weight checks and feared the scale. My self esteem dropped to an all time low and I hated looking at myself in the mirror.
Freshman year I decided I needed a change. I quit swimming competitively two years prior to my entrance into high school and I realized I needed that back in my life. I joined the swim team freshman year and even though I wasn’t (and still am not) the best swimmer on the team, I loved the atmosphere and the people. Without trying, I lost about 10 pounds. When swim season ended, I knew that I wanted to continue playing some sort of sport for my school. The problem was, I didn’t play lacrosse or softball and I definitely didn’t run track. I heard a friend say that she was going to play on a ultimate frisbee and I decided I would give it a try. I started off as the worst runner on the team, but I was dedicated to attaining a better status as a runner. I would stay after practice and run sprints with one of the captains and on weekends I would run around my neighborhood, starting at a mile and eventually working up to three. I had lost about another 5 pounds.
Sophomore year came and I continued to swim. I also started looking into different ways to healthily lose weight and found that cutting out processed carbs like bread and pasta would work. I started focusing on eating veggies and fruits as well as proteins. Ultimate season came around again and by the end of both sports, I had lost about another 12 pounds combined.
And now, junior year, I am swimming once again. My goal now is to keep my weight stable and eat as healthily as possible.
In 2 1/2 years, I went from a size 10/11, 157lbs to a size 4, 125lbs. It took patience and dedication, but I did it. I still struggle to see my accomplishment, but in time, I will start to feel comfortable with who I am and feel confident in my own skin.
Breakfast: 2 large eggs, scrambled or fried
Lunch: Plain Greek Yogurt with Honey and all natural Granola, baby carrots, a banana or apple, Baby Bell Light cheese wheel OR Salad ((mixed greens/spring mix) with grape tomatoes, cucumber, grabanzo beans, feta cheese,) baby carrots and hummus or deli turkey/ham, bell pepper, fruit (banana or apple)
Snack before practice: Kind brand nut bar
Dinner: usually a protein such as chicken or turkey with veggies
My method of eating works for me. This is not to say that everyone should eat just like I do. Find what works best for you. I’ve found without wheat-based carbs, I have more energy, and generally feel less bloated. But, do whatever works for you.
Exercise is a main component in leading a healthy life. If you don’t have access to a gym, that is not an excuse to skip out on the exercise. Some of my favorite workout routines are on YouTube! Blogilates has some great workouts that target specific areas of the body, as well as general workouts. Here are some of my favorites: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xDpB8pWEjhk https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mMHgxyX_f7U https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cyh82HKddUc
You can do it. Make 2015 the year of YOU!!! Work hard and stay positive. Don’t focus on the number on the scale, but how you feel in your body. If you start to eat better and exercise, you will feel good and weight loss is just an added bonus.
If you have any questions or concerns, be sure to leave a comment for me!!