Well, here I am again. At the beginning of yet another weight loss journey. I am currently at the highest weight of my life. I always told myself that I would NEVER weigh over 90kgs. I swore that if I ever got to that point I would absolutely do something about it once and for all! I am all about body pride, but I also have a family history of heart disease and diabetes (along with some other issues) and I know that I need to drop weight. And I´ve decided that I want my 30´s (I´m 28 now) to be the healthiest years of my life!!
My most recent weight loss attempt saw me drop about 14kilos over a relatively short period. The problem was that I was ADDICTED to the gym and I was putting unrealistic food restrictions on myself. I went through a period where I was off of all animal products, all alcohol, all non-natural sugar, all caffeine, etc. For my lifestyle, it definitely wasn´t sustainable (especially after an intense craving for sushi turned into a week-long steak binge!!). Having grown up with a mother who was bulemic for 10 years I feared that I was in danger of doing some serious physical and mental damage to myself.
I hit my first big plateau and threw a fit. I felt like a failure and instead of pushing through it I cut back on my efforts so much that I was afraid to walk past my gym for fear that one of the trainers would hop out and shout "hey, you! Where have you been?" As a result, the weight started to pile back on.
This time I am doing things the right way!! I´ve been making gradual changes to my exercise and eating habits, rather than the "all-or-nothing" approach that left me feeling like a failure before. I get such a sense of pride when I notice my muscles developing, or when I manage to squeeze in an extra bit of cardio at every gym session. I made exercise the first priority and now that I´ve made it a habit I am focusing more on my nutrition.
I can´t wait to explore these boards some more and see what all of you guys and gals have been up to!