It has finally happened. I saw my reflection and truly didn’t recognize my body. Who is this girl? I’ve always thought I was fat, so it’s easy for me to dismiss. I’ve always been a little… curvey. But now, for the first time, it’s really there.
It actually started in 2012. Michael’s unit had a formal event, and I went and grabbed one of my go to dresses, and I couldn’t zip it. Like, not even close. I felt like something was wrong, this had to be a mistake. I had lost most of my baby weight. It’s like my whole body had expanded. I didn’t look fat; I didn’t think. I didn’t feel fat. But this dress was not going on. And my BMI is now in the overweight category.
And I’m so done. I’m taking my health back. I’m done being several sizes too big and growing. I’m done hiding from getting my photo taken. Just a few years ago I was in college, and I was in the best shape of my life. I can do this again.
I feel like I need to make a disclaimer. I am incredibly happy. I love myself. And oddly enough, I feel more beautiful than I ever have. But my health is going down, and fast. I can feel the toll on my body. My feet, knees, and hips suffer. Some of that is surely from so many pregnancies, but, I can do better. I can feel better.
- Strength Training
- Cardio Interval Training
- BeFit HIIT workouts (and guess what, they are free!)
- Fitness Marshall
- Daily walks
Okay and this is going to sound crazy, but one of the biggest things that deters me from high-impact exercise is not being able to find a good sports bra. I am not exactly your garden variety A-D or DD or even DDD size woman. I recently purchased a SheFit bra. I’ll report back with a review.
This is SO hard. I’m a pescatarian. (I’m a vegetarian who eats fish). I am looking into autoimmune diets, Mediterranean diets, gluten free diets, clean eating diets, and more. I don’t know exactly what I want/need to do. And I’m having some health problems to boot, so I’m working with my doctor to determine what will be the best for me.
I also do not have a stove. I have a microwave and instant pot. For the next two weeks.
So for right now, we’re going to start with some basic health necessities: fewer carbs, less sugar, less processed foods, more protein, and more vegetables. And then as we get a little further along I will make the changes I need to.
For the love of all things holy! I need to drink more water. I drink my body weight in coffee, but that doesn’t count.
But I’ll be reporting my weekly success and failures. They say if you write it down and share it you’re more likely to stick to it.
I’m ready to do this. And it wouldn’t be the same without a before photo.
On my Plate is a series documenting my journey to get healthy. This isn’t the journey to be a perfect size; this is a journey to be healthy and fit to enjoy more out of life.