I began documenting my progress with my weight loss from the very beginning in November 2011. At the time, I was considered obese and my doctor suggested that I was a very good candidate for weight loss surgery.
I had tried many times over the past couple of years to lose the weight, but was not successful. I'd eat well for a few days and not see all the weight magically disappear so I would quit. Looking back, I now realize I had an unhealthy addiction to processed foods and complete junk. I know that it looks like I've got my act together now, but I promise you it has not always been this way. I have struggled countless times and failed at losing weight. I still battle plateaus and fight for every single pound I lose. I'm not one of those girls who can drop ten pounds in a week. Heck, I can't drop ten in a month either! And no, I do not have some super human amount of patience. I'm just determined not to go back.
I had many health problems when I first started losing weight.
- Daily heartburn
- Hiatal hernia
- Three compressed discs in my lower back
- I had issues with my back almost weekly.
- Severe swelling in my legs, ankles and feet.
- Vomited stomach acid and once blood came with it.
- Gallbladder failure and had surgery to remove it.
With all of those issues going on, I did not have the will power nor the ability to push myself through any kind of workout. I did try in the beginning but my back issues flared up. I'll admit I was pretty lazy too...
So I decided that I would attempt to lose the weight by controlling my diet. As I saw results, I became more motivated to show people through the blog that I could lose 50 pounds through nutrition alone. And I did it. Yes, it came off a little slower and I plateaued longer than people who workout and diet. But, it still happened without me working out.
Yes, I know many in the weight loss community are absolutely dying over that. But, I promised you that I would be real here. Not everyone has the ability to workout, but you cannot allow that to be your excuse. When I stopped trying to live up to the "right" way to lose weight, it freed me. I was able to do this my way and I had to figure out what worked for my body and my lifestyle.
Things that have worked for me are sometimes going to be different than yours. That's okay because it only matters how we get there.
When I lost the first 20 pounds, my health problems did disappear. I am no longer on any type of medication and I can tell you that I've never felt better in my entire life. I worked closely with my doctor to come off of all my medications and he monitored my progress along the way.
I tried some things that worked well and some that didn't. It's a learning process. I had to discover what worked for my life and for my family. We're busy, I work full time and I have a wild three year old. It wasn't always easy to find that balance, but I kept trying until I did. Family gatherings were tougher because I had changed my diet, but they helped adjust things too.
Okay, so where do you go from here? Start by making one healthy change at a time. Do that every day until it becomes a normal part of your life, then introduce another healthy habit. You will not overwhelm yourself this way. I would start by drinking half your body weight in ounces of water each day. The water is the key to it all. If you aren't properly hydrated, your body will work against you!
Let's leave all of our excuses behind and focus on the things we can do starting today. You can take control of your life. You can make healthier choices every day. Every little thing you do (both positively and negatively) can add up. It's your decision and you can do this. You don't have to be super human or especially gifted, because I'm sure not. I'm a girl who can look at a hamburger and gain a pound! If I can do it, anyone can.