9.08.2015

Before and After (Random Health Update)

I have a lot of stuff to talk about, from sharing old vacation photos to my outing this morning, and the second half of my 28 Lessons for 28 Years, but I felt a little compelled to write about health and weight loss today since it's something that I've been fixated on.  Once you make the lifestyle change, your health tends to take focus, at least that's how it's worked for me, but I never write about it, and especially not lately due to all the mental problems.

Those mental health issues have swallowed my life since about March/April, and all of my progress really slowed to a crawl.  I was still losing weight, but the stringent methods of counting calories and avoiding carbs were all but forgotten; I was barely able to survive, let alone think about macros and muh protein.  It's a sad thing, because even though you're not failing, you're not "on track", and when your brain is basically already saying "haha, you blow", it's just another hit that you take.  You feel like you're failing.

But, I was at the store a few days ago and one of the cashiers who has known me for years said, "You look like you've lost weight.  You can see it in your face."  Oh, BS, because as anyone who has lost weight knows, you NEVER look like you've lost weight, haha.  Then, later that night, I was reminiscing while scrolling through old Instagram pics and happened to find one from around my heaviest weight, when I became a garbage disposal for my own feelings about my mother's death.  That was 48 pounds ago, give or take. The recent photo is from some time in August.



I don't really have any secrets to success.  I think that weight loss is different for everyone, and I think we all have to find our own path to health and what it means for us.  With that said, I don't want to appear totally useless, so, here's the things that help me:

-In general I avoid carbs.
-I do not avoid fats, protein, or vegetables.
-Eggs.  Always eggs. #egglife
-I count my calories.  I use the My Fitness Pal app.
-I post and read on /r/loseit and /r/fitness; it's my support group.
-I had to admit that I was addicted to sugar before any of this worked.
-Weight loss is not about exercise.  That's literally like 5% of it.  It's all about food.
-calories in, calories out WORKS. It's science. You can't trick science.


Sorry those are all probably not very helpful as well as super generic!  There are no secrets, only hard work and your own path.  With THAT said, if anyone has any questions please let me know and I will try my best to answer them.  I am passionate about health and always willing to discuss it, even if it's to rant about how unfair it is that peanut butter has like a trillion calories per spoonful.

3 comments :

  1. You definitely can see the difference in the photos!
    I don't think I ever got around to mentioning this, but a while back (like more than a year ago) you posted about using MyFitnessPal and that was why I started using it. It's really interesting to be able to quantify what I'm eating and the nutritional benefits. I find it hard to use consistently during the school year but I'm thinking about starting up again. Using a tracker really makes me think about what I'm putting in my body and what the most nutritious choices are given the calories I have to spend.

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  2. Wow, congratulations! 50 pounds is a lot of weight! I use MyFitnessPal and r/loseit for support too. They are such great resources. I've heard this in regard to calorie counting to lose weight, "it's simple but not easy." How true that is!

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  3. For what it's worth, you are gorgeous in both pictures.Health is important, all the same. Congratulations on becoming a healthier you! MyFitnessPal has been a huge help to me as well. I've recently come into a slump myself and am looking to change things up a bit.

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