Hello my gorgeous dreamers!!!
Today I come to all of you with a more personal topic, how I lost 35 pounds in a year. I wanted to share this topic with all of you because I thought my story could really help or motivate others to take action when it comes to making decisions that will ultimately make you happier. I want to start by explaining why I even decided to start loosing weight. First of all, loosing weight to feel better about myself was something that was always in the back of my mind but I would always find an excuse as to why I should start later and well that really meant that I wasn't going to start at all. So I found a million reasons to not start doing exercise but each day I felt less comfortable with myself and overall with my body. I was very self-conscious about the way I looked, how clothes would fit me, and that just ended up making me feel so bad about myself and gave me such a low self-esteem. When you have low self-esteem you start to see how that really affects your life in a negative way, I did not feel pretty enough, I wouldn't want to go out, I would try to make myself feel better by binge eating (ironically) and then I would feel even worse after doing so. I felt completely uncomfortable and just came to the breaking point where I said "Enough is enough", I wasn't gonna solve any of my inner issues if I did not start taking any action so I finally took the decision to start the journey of becoming a happier me and I was not going allow these issues to hold me back any longer.
I started off by setting small goals, sometimes you have to take baby steps so you don't feel overwhelmed or get frustrated. The first thing I did was leaving all types of refreshment drinks, I know it sounds silly, but it helped me so much. Then I started by changing the way I ate and believe when I say it took a lot of strength to say NO to junk food or to go out to a restaurant and eat something healthy when everyone else was eating what for me, at that time, seemed to be better food options than a crappy salad LOL! But this step was SOOOO important to start seeing changes in my body. After a month of eating healthy it became so much easier for me to say no to junk food, I felt so much better, and my energy was through the roof. After accomplishing this I felt stronger than ever and decided to start doing some cardio. I said to myself "OK, you are gonna do a whole month walking for 30 minutes daily and if you reach this goal then you can add more time, etc.", and that is exactly what I did. I slowly but surely started reaching all my small goals and ended up adding more minutes to my workouts, I started to incorporate jogging then running, and finally adding some toning/firming exercises recently. Overall, I would try to set monthly goals and write them all ahead of time on my agenda so I wouldn't forget about any little detail. The best thing about setting smaller goals that eventually lead you to one HUGE goal is that when you reach these small goals that motivates you even more to make the next ones happen as well. I believe that this way you avoid a lot more frustrations, this way your main focus won't be the number that appears on the scale, it is more about how you feel when you start to see changes in your body. You have to set your mind to this small goal and put all your energy towards that specific goal and once you accomplish it you will feel so EMPOWERED to break through any obstacle.
You will definitely come across some obstacles when you want make such a huge change in your life but you can't, I repeat, YOU CANNOT let that consume you. You need to always maintain a positive mind and optimistic thoughts when facing obstacles. Not everything is going to go your way, sometimes there will be set backs but you have to keep in mind that they are only temporary and you are gonna push through. You need to have no doubt in your mind that you can accomplish this, something that helped me a lot when I wasn't feeling motivated were quotes. If you don't see quick results or you're having days where you just don't want to workout don't get frustrated and most definitely don't quit. Remember you will NEVER regret working out, but you most likely (always) will regret not working out or quitting; so just take it easy when you have those days but do something minimal so you stay active. You will feel so much better after working out because doing exercise is actually so therapeutic, at least for me. After working out I noticed how good I felt and it definitely cleared my mind and took away any anxiety I would get from other problems.
If you decide to make this change in your life remember to have patience, being patient is KEY to this journey. It is very important to do this for YOURSELF, not for anyone else, do what makes you happy. Forget about external voices because there will be those people who will say that you cannot achieve this. Never compare your weight loss journey or your body to anyone else's because we are all different and usually no one starts at the same point as one does. Don't rush into things and always do it the healthy way because at the end of the day it is really the only right way to accomplish being healthy mentally and physically. Remember that you really need to COMMIT and take action when it comes to doing things that make you happy.
Two quotes that helped me the most: "Never wish for it more than you WORK for it." /// "If it doesn't challenge you it won't change you."
If you have any questions you can always ask me in the comment section.
I really hope this helps.
XOXOX, the Unlimited Dreamer <3