Sunday, July 09, 2017
Changing my eating habits have been very challenging. I originally started this journey to be happy with the way that I look. That was when I was 17 maybe 18? I'm not sure I just know I was super young. Now I do it for my kid's. I need to be healthy and fit so that I can keep up with my children. My little cousin wants to play football. How does a 302 lb. momma keep up with such a sociable athletic handsome young man? My daughter either wants to do dance or gymnastics. Not to mention my 1 year old son who already keeps me on my toes.
As you can see I've got my have my hands very full. I love being a mommy/wife lol. It's the challenges in life that make it worth living. Recently I've been intermittent fasting. If you aren't familiar with this form of weight-loss then let me tell you; it's the best thing since sliced bread if you asked me. Pretty much you'd east for 8 hours and fast for 16. This is the basic way of doing it. Many will tell you that you have to eat healthy while doing this fast, but that's not necessarily true. You do what works for your body.
I've seen lot's of people go to extreme measure's while fasting. Some people eat one meal a day and fast for the rest of the day. Some eat for 6 hours and fast for the remainder of the day. There are even people here who are fasting the whole entire day!!!! What a challenge right? Most people deem this "way of life" unhealthy. Again I say you do what works for your body.
Now that we've gotten that explanation out of the way; I can finally tell you all about my journey thus far. Well, first I tried being a vegetarian. I loved it, but couldn't stick to it because instead of the hubby eating his food; he opted to eat mine.....EVERYDAY. How do you get around that? I loved the feeling being a vegetarian gave me. To add to that, I don't really eat meat like that any way so it was the perfect fit. With a combination of working out every morning and being a vegetarian I lost a good maybe 13lbs. By the way I started off at 311 lbs. Follow me here lol.
Needless to say hubby ate all of my vegetarian food plus his and then I was out of food. So like any other person would do when there's only meat left in the fridge; I ate what we had. It was a bummer. Ever since then I've been eating meat. I gained all of my weight back because my car broke down and I couldn't even make it to the gym anymore. Now that the sad part is over let's move on to the good part lol.
Well one day I woke up and said "Nope, can't do this anymore." See I'd been small before, not skinny just smaller than what I am today. I had a nice figure, I was fit, and stayed active. That was the lifestyle I loved, and still do until this day. So I looked into something's and found out about intermittent fasting well as I stated before that didn't work out for me because my body plateaued at 300 lbs. I was caring the unbearable water weight. To top it off my Sodium intake for the day was through the roof.
So I trashed that idea, did some research and found out that every 3500 calories = 1 lb. Can you believe that? We should be able to eat what we want right? Lol Just kidding, but seriously this means that you would need to burn 3500 more calories than you would be taking in to even lose 1 lb. Crazy right? I thought so too.
I've tried to brain bust this theory, and get down to the science of it. So I'm digging in and doing my best to come to a conclusion as to what works for my body. I've even tried to incorporated working out and calorie counting during my IF, but my body still stood it's ground and said, "I'm not leaving the big 3." So I cut my losses and quit the fasting ( not completely).
Just yesterday I ordered one of those calorie/ step/ heart rate etc. etc. watches and get this, it's water proof!!! You know what that means, SWIMMING!!! So here's to new beginning's!!! Wish me luck, prayer's, and happy trails are invited as well. Join me as I blog straight through my weight- loss journey.