As promised, I’m bringing the realness to my blog and I’m starting with a very personal matter. Weight loss! This is just one of many new ventures I’ll be recording here and through social media along with some seriously awesome collabs in 2018. I’m so excited about sharing all of this with you and I hope that you find it helpful.
Resolutions, promises, and goals…we’ve all made them and we’re all doing our best to keep them. Aren’t we? Join me as I embark on a weight loss challenge where I plan to chronicle the process, checking in monthly and logging my wins, losses, and all the fun (err) in-between.
In order to get to the good stuff, I need to start at the beginning. I didn’t just wake up and decide I want to be thinner. My weight has been an issue for me since 2009 after I was diagnosed with hypothyroidism. Hypothyroidism, also called underactive thyroid or low thyroid, is a disorder of the endocrine system in which the thyroid gland does not produce enough thyroid hormone. It can cause a number of symptoms, such as poor ability to tolerate cold, a feeling of tiredness, constipation, depression, and weight gain. Before finding out I had this problem, I enjoyed playing sports, being athletic, and running 6 miles nearly every day of the week without much exhaustion. I weighed around 125 lbs and felt great overall. Having thyroid problems, especially hypothyroidism means that weight loss can be very challenging. So finding a good diet and exercise routine are really important for me, which is what I’ll be tackling in the coming months.
NEW YEAR, WHO DIS?
I’m taking a new approach in 2018. This year just feels different, doesn’t it? I think that with everything that’s going on in our political system, everything that’s happening in the workplace, and all the nonsense we get thrown at us constantly via commercials, magazines, and social media, it’s important to take rein of what we actually have control over in our daily lives. How I respond to things is in my control. And, this year that means getting a hold of my health.
In order to succeed in this I’ll need to focus on what is real and honest. Self-reflection and accountability are going to play a huge role in my weight loss as I look at what I’ve done wrong and what I will need to do right to stay on track. One of the ways I’m doing that is staying positive and reaffirming my goals. Getting rid of what doesn’t work is also part of the plan. Did you see my dump list for 2018? You can read it here – this piece serves as my mantra for the year.
This part is simple; I need to lose 40 lbs. I want to be able to run 5 miles without passing out. And, I want to be able to do that several times a week. I miss running; it’s my happy place. The goal at this stage is to start working out on a regular basis, but to do things that bring me joy…cuz this girl can’t stand the gym! An honest, simple list of my current goals:
- Find a workout that I like
- Do said workout 2-3 times per week
- Eat healthy – no fast food
- Lose 10 lbs before turning 36 (on February 10th – ah!!)
- Feel better, improve my energy level
PLAN OF ACTION
Guys – I found a workout that I love that I can actually commit to several times a week! While I’m still adjusting my routine, I’m now doing Zumba, Step, and Spin regularly. I find the workouts fun, challenging, and tend to pass the time very quickly. I love the endorphin kick I get after Spin – it’s a total rush that lasts for hours. My plan is to eventually move back into yoga and running, but won’t do that until I’m in slightly better shape as both of those activities are more fun for me when I feel lighter on my feet.
Eating right doesn’t have to feel wrong. For my body, it’s important to eat right, but the right kind of right is hard to figure out. For example, for a long time I was eating cauliflower rice with every meal. I did that because I love the taste and it kept me full longer. Well, after months of eating healthy I wasn’t losing weight, so I looked into my current diet I found out that cauliflower is a cruciferous vegetable and those are no bueno for someone like me who takes thyroid medication daily. Cruciferous foods have a component in them that may reduce absorption of my medication. So I had to start all over with a new meal plan that works for my body. For now, I’m sticking with easy to make foods with super simple ingredients like chicken soup and salads. As I continue to figure out meals that work I’ll share them with you!
Filling the void to keep my mind busy is vital at this stage. I started reading again! Reading helps me stay positive and strengthens my ability to keep my mood up. It’s also a great void filler, drowning out the pulls of old habits and creating a really clear head space. I just finished reading “The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck” by Mark Manson. This book has really helped me see things from a different perspective and washed out some of the noise of the everyday.
To keep myself accountable, I’ll be posting a monthly check-in to log current status and what’s working or not working. For almost a year now, I’ve been at the same weight and have teetered between a size 8 and 10. Because I’m short (5′ 4″) and smaller framed on top, my current weight feels overwhelming. It’s hard to find clothes I love that fit comfortably, so shopping is sometimes a pain. I’ve gotten really good at finding styles that work well for my body, and have felt generally confidant about myself even with the extra weight.
Ladies and gents, let me pause here and say this before we go further…you can be confident at any size and weight. Confidence is a mindset. I’ve been a size 4 and I’ve worn a 12 and everything in-between, and I can honestly say that I found myself beautiful at every size. However, for where I am in my life right now, it is important that I get back to being in shape and being a better of version of myself. I just want to be clear that weight loss is a personal endeavor and the reasons that push you are different than the reasons that push me.
My wish is that by divulging what I’m going through, I may encourage and connect with someone who shares a similar journey. I hope you find my story uplifting and informational. And, if you ever have questions please feel free to reach out to me! This new challenge along with my continued rediscovering of life, love, and fashion as a 30something can be found on Instagram where you can see daily updates on my Stories and in my posts. Find me @LoveLaVieDaily and shoot me a DM or comment on my photos to start the conversation.
Let’s talk more in 2018!