30 kilograms is a lot. A lot of anything! I probably can't even lift 30kgs. It's hard to believe that just over two years ago, that's how much extra weight I was carrying around. Of course, at the time it didn't really FEEL like I had an extra 30kgs on me and, until I see photos of what I looked like before, I have a pretty hard time believing it.
Honestly though, it's my biggest achievement so far. Never in my life did I think I would sit in front of the computer and announce to the world (or at least, my lovely readers) that I had managed to shed 30 kilograms from my body. I won't say it was easy, because nothing is as easy as sitting at home, eating junk food and not exercising. I didn't find it that hard though, which might come as a surprise to some of you.
I often get frustrated with people who feel like they need to go on crazy diets or exercise until they throw up to get results. Okay yes, what I did may not work for everyone, but surely there is no need to go to such extremes. My journey took awhile (2 years) but it was healthy and gradual so I'm feeling pretty confident that I will manage to keep my weight off in the future. With a few tweaks here and there I managed to change better my lifestyle and the weight loss was just a natural part of it. When you cut out the crap you eat and add in some exercise, something is going to change.
I thought I'd share a couple of changes I made that helped me not only lose the weight, but be a bit more healthier too.
STOP EATING CRAP
This is fairly obvious but pretty hard to do. I'm no nutritionist but I know that eating packaged food that is full of processed rubbish can't be good for you. I tried my best to stop eating takeaways (at least the really bad ones like McDonalds, KFC, Wendy's etc) and if I did need to eat on the go, I tried to go for better options like Subway, sushi or Tank. Once I did that I noticed quite a big change to my body as well as to how I felt. Eating good, real food is so much better for you.
Again, this isn't rocket science. Exercise means you are using energy and burning calories. If you are using more than you are putting in, you'll start burning fat which means you will start losing weight. Not only that, but I found that when I exercised, I wanted to eat better. As you start looking after your body you want to nourish it, rather than treat it as a rubbish bin.
Exercise is tough, especially when you are just starting out. I barely managed to run 10 metres when I started but I stuck at it and eventually my body started learning and I was running further and further every time. It's also important to find something that you like, otherwise working out will just end up feeling like another chore. Make sure you try classes, weights and different forms of cardio so you can really figure out what works for you.
DOCUMENT YOUR PROGRESS
This doesn't have to necessarily mean the number on the scale. It could just be images or measurements. Whatever way you decide, note it down or save those photos. Whenever I'm having a bad day (as in, I want to eat all the food and do none of the running) I find it helps to flick through old photos of me. This can trigger memories of how you felt at the time and prove to yourself how far you've gone so far.
MAKE MINI GOALS
MAKE MINI GOALS
Sometimes we all need an extra bit of motivation, especially on those days where you're feeling a bit down and not in the mood to do anything. Having little goals, whether they are weekly or monthly, can definitely help when you need an extra push. It could be the new dress you saw in the weekend, a new weight to hit or even to run that little bit further. Let your friends and family know as well, so when you need that support you know where to look for it.
DO IT FOR YOU
DO IT FOR YOU
This is a big one. Often we start these journeys because we are pressured by other people. We don't feel pretty enough, we want people to love us more for it, our friends are doing it. Remember why you started and do it for yourself. At the end of the day, it's your body, your health, your life. Feeling pressured can mean that you are starting for the wrong reasons and result in you having a negative attitude towards your journey. You are the person who will benefit the most from this. More energy, better sleeps, brighter eyes, clear skin. Only good can come of eating healthy and exercising so make sure you remember that.
My journey wasn't perfect. I definitely struggled. There were days when I just wanted to give up and "be fat again." Luckily, I managed to get through those times but it wasn't easy. It's all about living and learning though, and adjusting as you and your goals change. At the moment, I'm quite happy where I am. I like how clothes look on me (and the fact that I can shop at regular stores now.) I know that I'm at a comfortable fitness level where I can go and be active without dreading it too much. Food is a bit harder, but I'm working on it. Knowing what food makes me feel good and what makes me feel awful definitely helps and it's always going to be a work in progress.
I think being part of a community definitely helps as well. Sometimes you need the support and motivation from people who are going through the same things. Have you guys recently started a health journey? How are you finding it? Let me know in the comments.