I guess that I should start by saying that over the past few months, I’ve lost close to 30 pounds. And although this week’s blog was going to be about how people who you think are going to celebrate with you, lowkey hate that you are shining your crown, I feel The Spirit lead me in a different way.
I have always been a little thick and a-whole-lotta top heavy, but I have never had trouble losing weight…. until I had my daughter. Here’s what happened…I gained 25-30 pounds during my pregnancy…. lost 50 pounds after having my daughter…..then BOOM! I look up and I have gained almost 60 pounds. I know that it was depression, stress and anxiety, but it happened. So here I was, at my biggest with absolutely no confidence. Now this may be an overshare, but oh well; I didn’t even enjoy looking at my own bare skin anymore, so I knew that something had to change.
I started working out, eating better, doing Pinterest challenges like attempting to drink a gallon of water a day, going 21 days without white bread, candy, cookies, I even went 30 + days without meat, because if you want something different, you must do something different. Lastly, I met with my doctor to work on my diet and get tips on how many calories I need to eat and how long I need to exercise to be effective and etc. Just in case you are wondering, I do my best to burn 500 calories or more, and I work out at minimum 3-5 days a week, I also challenge myself with a steps per day goal.
In times past, I have mentioned starting fitness section, and I have actually done so, but since removed it because I am not an expert, I still eat ice cream and I drive-thru the donut shop every once in a while.
Nevertheless, I have noticed that working out is changing my body as it should, but of course, I’m still under construction and rather than appreciating where I am because I’ve made progress, I focus on where I am not.
I should honestly be extremely proud of myself because I have a level of determination and discipline in this area of my life, that I have lacked for a while, and daily, I prove to myself that I am capable to something physically and mentally that I would have never considered doing. And as I reach my mini goals and work towards my ultimate goal, I become better and stronger and smaller.
Working out is good for me mentally and spiritually, and I notice that as I work out, I just feel good. Mainly because I am taking that time out of myself, even if my daughter is running around while I am working out ( I work out at home!), I am still doing something for me.
Each of us have something that we love doing, that relieves stress, and make us just feel good! For me, it is exercising my creativity, exercising my body and last but definitely not least, exercising my spirit by reading my Bible and talking to God.
Find your ‘thing’. Do it. Feel Good. & Be Happy!
Also, I know that I am not the only one who needs to remember, that there is beauty along the journey, we just have to find it.