|I took one look at this photo and thought "holy shit! I got fat"|
As much as I wanted to crash diet, I knew that was not the way to go. Not long after this photo was taken, I decided to turn my life around even if it meant doing it one day and one pound at a time.
I exercise between 3 to 6 times a week. I eat healthy meals (home cooked) and I count calories. What works for me is the My Fitness Pal app I have on my phone. I highly recommend it. Unfortunately, it is so easy to pick up unhealthy eating habits and it can be challenging to learn how to eat healthy again. In fact, I am back to the same food I used to eat when I had no disposable income and couldn't treat myself to that specialty latté from Starbucks or a meal at a restaurant. I am not the only one benefiting from this. My entire family is!
My big treat after working out is chocolate milk. It replenishes nutrients in my body and it is delicious. I don't drink tons of it because it is high in calories (I actually use a measuring cup and limit myself to one or two cups depending on the workout) but it motivates me to go exercise! In fact, chocolate milk is a favourite as a post workout drink amongst athletes! I don't want to eat actual food after a workout and I think the healthiest choice would be chocolate milk over sugary sports drinks!
It has been about 6 weeks. I lost 7 pounds and even in this short time, I have noticed a huge difference. I have more stamina. I can run up stairs and not get tired anymore. I can actually run longer distances without losing my breath. The important part is that I am taking care of myself because I neglected my health for a couple of months. I went from being happy and confident to looking at myself in the mirror and shaking my head. I am not just doing this for vanity reasons. I am doing this for me because I deserve it! I want to be healthy again. Even when I was a pack a day smoker, I ate better than I did a couple of months ago. I stopped smoking to improve my health. Now it is time to feed my body the food it requires in order to be healthy. Instead of lighting up or eating chocolate when I feel stressed, I go work out.
The photo on the left was taken July 19, 2016 - The photo on the right was taken August 20, 2016