Today I started a new wellness challenge with my co-workers. I have been working on my physical wellness and feel I have finally gotten over the plateau. To give you a quick update I completed the Whole30, lost 14lbs, and gained a whole lot of education on my relationship with food and the importance of why good food choices are life changing. It has been 4 weeks after my experience and 1 stomach virus/complications from said stomach virus that started on my Cabo vacation and I am down another 8lbs. Even though I was ill for the last 2 weeks, I feel great now and ready to start my next 30 days. The good news is that I believe the cycle of losing and gaining has been broken. As I see the cycle breaking I can feel my emotional wellness start changing too, surprising to me but not unexpected. They, you know who “they” are, all say that if you exercise and eat healthy/clean all the depression and self doubt will go away. HA, I have said over the past years. I can’t believe “they” told me so and I am here to share my experience with you.
For the next 30 days, which happen to line up nicely with Thanksgiving, I will be increasing my fitness game and continuing to eat a green, clean, healthy diet. Largely based on plant proteins with very few grains and animal products. Due to recent health issues I discovered I am not invincible and neither is my body. I am grateful for having the willpower to get through my Whole30 because without it I would not have understood that what goes in your body is so very important not only for your physical wellness but for your emotional wellness.
I am so excited that my co-workers and my dear friend, and work-out partner, are coming along for this next 30 day challenge. I hope I can provide some inspiration for my readers and show you that you are never too old, emotionally scarred, or too deep in the cycle to find your way out. When you put on those skinny jeans you have been saving for 3 years thinking you will one day get in to them, I am proof you can! I did and you will!
In the beginning of November I found myself unemployed due to job elimination. My natural state would be to consider this the end of the world but I was more prepared for this transition than any other in the past. Considering it was during the holidays and not most companies hire during November and December, I wanted to utilize my time off and start my new chapter on the right foot. I was eating healthy, started walking 3 miles 3 days a week for the first few weeeks but then soon fell back into old habits. Autumn Semester finals, weather, Thanksgiving, family functions, Christmas all had given me great excuses to go back to unhealthy eating and sleeping in instead of being active.
My sister, who had retired from her Human Resource position at the end of October had been a great support since my recent job status change. We talked just about everyday and when I had good news about a job opportunity I shared it with her. Since she is my big sister she had always been good at holding me accountable, but I felt that even she was not being effective with my health goals. I knew I needed something stronger, something that I could not run from or make excuses to. I needed my inner voice to speak up and prove to myself that it can be done. Pondering over how I could get that little voice to wake up and start taking action I decided to blog about my journey. So after discussing it with my sister over the weekend and hearing her support I decided to start today.
In 153 days I will be 37 years old, I have started realizing there are so many things I am missing in my life as I get older. In my twenties marriage and children were far from my mind, mostly because I didn’t feel worthy due past relationships gone bad. I created a bubble around myself which only fueled my body image struggle. But even as a child I remember thinking I was too fat, when I was still very thin. As long as I can remember my mother and even my grandmother complained about their extra curves and soft bottoms so feeling this way now only makes sense to me as I resemble those same qualities. The sad part is that I have been continuing the cycle my whole life and I am terrified that because I have held the torch I will miss out on my chance to raise a healthy daughter of my own. Although I am a confident sexy woman I still have my dark days of binge eating and regret. I understand what healthy food is, what a good work out is and why you need to drink so much water a day, this is not my first time setting healthy goals, but this will be the first time I stick with it. One hundred and fifty days is a nice round number until my 37th birthday and it is also the start of family vacation in Florida. I know this will be hard to write everyday but I have never gona a day without thinking, I wish my legs were more tone or I wish I had a flat belly or if I was skinnier I wouldn’t have to worry about this shirt showing my softness.
For the next 150 days (or so) I will be sharing the day to day wins and challenges I know I will come across. I will be completely transparent in order to maintain accountability and honesty not only to myself but to anyone who may want to follow my progress. I want to be sure if you are reading this you understand I will be setting out to lose weight to improve my health and heal my heart. I am not interested in becoming Kate Moss, or starving myself to get into those size 2 jeans (which probably will never happen). I want to be healthy and happy in order to start my new chapter.
- Sunday December 27, 2015
- Weight 222/Body fat 58% (according to my digital bathroom scale)