So, here I am trying to start a Weight loss blog. I know there is already a plethora of weight loss blogs out there, but hey, there’s gotta be room for one more. 🙂
I will start by introducing myself. My name is Jennifer and I am 27 years old. I work an office job and I let myself get overweight. How did it happen?… I got a boyfriend, a new office job, and too comfortable with being overweight.
I have always been chubbier and have been OK with that. I was blessed with high self-esteem, my parents were always great about supporting me and building me up as the person I am! This however, this is part of what allowed me to get so large, it happened so gradually that I didn’t really see it.
Sure, there have been lots of times in my life where I thought, it would be so nice to be skinny, or I wish I could wear something like that, but I never really thought that I would get to a point where I could or had the motivation to try.
Well, this past summer (August of 2012), I went to a beach get together with a bunch of friends. I felt good, strutted around in my swimsuit and played in the water just like I love to do at the beach… My friend took a picture of me and posted it on facebook… That picture is above.
When I saw this picture, it was a wake-up call to me! I thought WHO IS THAT PERSON???? Surely that is not me! That person has a waddle under her chin…
The first thing I did was un-tag myself, that does not need to been seen! @.@ The second thing I did was: I made the choice to really look at myself and start making some changes. I was 26 years old! There is no excuse for letting myself get that big! I love to be active and outdoors, but it seems that I forgot to be active and I was just eating like shit.
I wasn’t ready to jump right in to a gym and 100% change everything about my diet. So, I looked in the App store on my phone and found a Couch to 10K program (the actual program I used was 10K runner). I started running 2-3 times a week. I had days that I didn’t want to do it, but I had no excuse. I have a treadmill in the basement of the house, and believe it or not, treadmills can be used for more than just a clothing rack! I started weighing myself a couple times a week. I was a little over 230lbs!
Every time I finished a workout I felt proud of myself and I would often run upstairs to my family (I live with my brother, sister-in-law, and three adorable nieces) and share my success. I didn’t drastically change my diet or count my calories; I simply tried to be more aware of what I was eating make smarter choices. I made simple moves, like serving myself a smaller portion or switching out a snack for a healthier option.
I continued to follow the 10K runner program. If I wasn’t able to finish a run, then I would try again the next day until I felt comfortable with the run. I didn’t rush myself and I didn’t skip ahead if I couldn’t do the days run. Eventually I finished the 10k runner program (holy cow!!!! I ran a 10K straight on the treadmill, who would have ever thought that was possible?)
After the 10K runner program I was down about 30lbs and I was feeling pretty good. I knew, however that just running was not enough to make me a healthy person. I needed help in working out every part of my body and making myself more well-rounded (but less round). 🙂
I found a Groupon for a 6 week gym membership and 3 personal training sessions. So thought “why not”! I went into the gym to set up my Groupon and was talked into registering for the gym and joining the Biggest Loser. This was honestly one of the smartest things I could have done. It created a way for me to have a support system, a “coach” to give me the tools I needed to succeed, and the accountability of weighing in every two weeks. I know it doesn’t work for everyone, but it was what I needed to really get my butt in gear!
I did my free trainings that came with the Groupon and the trainings that came with the biggest loser. After I finished those personal training sessions, I decided I wanted to invest in more personal training. My trainer and I worked well together and he really knew how to push me and get the most out of the workout without going overboard and making me shut down.
Before I started working with a trainer I was totally clueless about a gym. I NEVER went near the free weights because I was intimidated and had no idea what I was doing. I didn’t want to hurt myself and more than that, I didn’t want to look like a fool. 🙂
My trainer taught me about the importance of building lean muscle in order to continue burning fat even when you are not actively working out. He helped me find the correct meal plan that game me the nutrients I need and the right combination of carbohydrates, protein, and fat. He gave me the motivation and accountability to keep going when I just didn’t feel like going to the gym (it is a lot harder to skip a workout when you are paying money for it.)
I started counting my calories and kept track of my food and exercise using “my fitness pal” on my phone.
Over the course of the 90 day “Biggest Loser” challenge I lost over 46lbs and won the competition at my gym! I placed 7th company wide.
Above is a picture from my annual Alumni Rugby Game two weeks after the biggest loser Finale. It felt so good to go back and see my old friends looking and feeling like a new me! I wish I had been in this good of shape when I played in school (but I drank too much beer for that ;)).
I feel GREAT! I have more energy. Things fit me better. I have more confidence, not that I needed more of that! 😉
I have had many people approach me and ask “what’s your secret?” The truth is that there is no secret. It is about eating healthy, and exercising. You need to find an exercise that you enjoy and will do on a regular basis. For me that is working with a personal trainer and running. For my brother that is going to Crossfit. For my sister in law, that is going to a booty barre class several times a week. You just have to find what works for you.
However, since the competition has ended, I have found myself falling back into old ways. I am still working out and still sort of watching what I eat, but not nearly as closely. I have been giving myself a lot of “cheat” days and my birthday “weekend” has overlapped into my birthday week… I can already feel the difference. It’s amazing how your body gets used to eating healthy and when you deviate from that you feel crummy.
I needed a new platform to keep myself motivated and accountable and that is what this blog is about. I hope that as the weeks go on I can add hints, tips, great recipes, and fun workouts. More than anything though. It is a way for me to put myself out there and be motivated to keep going.
I find that goals keep me motivated! I have set four goals for myself: 1) to reach 140lbs 2) to do one full pull-up on my own 3) to run a half marathon (I have already signed up for the Seattle half in December) 4) maintain and update this blog.
What works for you? What keeps you Motivated?