Prior to mine and Thierry’s wedding, like any newly engaged bride-to-be I decided that I didn’t want to look at our wedding photos and hate looking at myself because of my weight. I decided to get my butt in gear and make it a priority to lose weight.
Since as long as I can remember, I have struggled with my weight and body image. Fast forward to university, as most college students living on residence do, I gained a bunch of weight from a combination of bad eating, not exercising, stress, bad sleeping patterns, and outside influence. In second year university, after gaining almost 20 lbs I was at a low. My older sisters challenged me to enter a half marathon that summer as motivation to lose the weight I had gained. At that time I could barely run 5 km let alone 21.
That summer I had a lot of time to myself as my two best friends were gone to British Columbia for the summer. I was training for the race and when I wasn’t training, I was working. Over the span of a few months, I lost close to 20 lbs and felt fantastic! I did another couple races that year but it was hard to train properly while at school so I stepped back. In my last year of university, I was working while at school and the pressures began to return – those 20 lbs I lost, I gained back and then some.
Fast forward to before Thierry and my wedding, I tried to conjure up the same motivation I had during those months of training almost 6 years ago.
Prior to going wedding dress shopping, I knew exactly the type of dress I wanted to wear. When my mom and I were able to finally go shopping, I was worried I wouldn’t find one I liked because my options were limited being a size 18 with a big chest to boot. I was luckily able to find my dream dress. From when I first tried it on leading up to the final days before the wedding, I managed to go down two dress sizes and lose about 17 lbs. For the first time in a long time, I weighed below 200 lbs.
After the wedding, I admit that since the pressure was off I slacked with continuing the weight loss so most of that weight I lost, well I gained it back again. *sigh* Currently, the pressures of fitting into an expensive wedding dress are gone but I am still left with the feeling of wanting to feel healthy again. Thierry and I want to start a family at some point within the next year or so and I want to be at a healthy weight when that happens- that is my current motivation. Throughout this whole process, I have learned having a reason to work out is what gives you the motivation you need every day.
I’ve started back up at the gym and am watching what I eat – also back at working on my sleeping patterns. My background in Kinesiology and fitness and health promotion has given me the resources to be smart and realistic about my fitness goals so this time I can loose the weight and keep it off. It’s important to know results are not going to be instant, but a slow and steady process.
Back when I lost those 20 lbs from racing, the big thing that helped me was motivational quotes, motivational music, and positive thinking. Getting your butt off to the gym on the days when all you want to do is sleep, is all about your mental state. I have found even now good music really has made a huge difference in my mentality and how hard I am able to push myself in my workouts. Click here for a (rather long) list of songs I have on my playlist with the artists. I have close to 180 songs just on my Ipod dedicated to working out!
Other than good music, I have found keeping track of calories and recording my food has helped me with portion control and accountability. A lot of the time people eat when they are bored, or mix up being hungry with being thirsty. The MyfitnessPal app and the Fitbit I recently purchased have helped me with this – its a bonus that my Fitbit also tracks my sleep patterns. I have included the link for these below!
For those of you sticking to your New Years resolution even now at the end of January, all I have to say to you is – keep going and stick with it! Think of how amazing you will feel when you reach your goal and even afterword. Your body and health are worth the short term struggle! You are amazing!
Stay tuned for future weight loss journey posts!