Happily in Love
They say when you enter a new relationship you tend to gain weight. Sadly I can say that it has happened to me. You enjoy each other’s company and just want to spend as much time with them whether it’s going to watch a movie or try different cuisines you start to get comfortable and somewhat lazy. All you want to do on the weekends is cuddle with your significant other and just relax. I can say for the first few months of my relationship all we did was eat breakfast, explore the city or watch a movie then go to a restaurant for lunch, and then just hang out in the car and nap, then eat again for dinner and then go home to sleep. We were both so happy and comfortable with each other that we didn’t realize how much weight we both gained. Looking back, I was so happy back then with little responsibility except for school, a few bills and my happiness. I am still so happy but things have certainly changed; as you get older, priorities change and people grow and it’s up to you to keep up or fall behind.
Not speaking for my now fiance, but I definitely ate way too much, became lazier and gained about 20 pounds since our relationship began 7.5 years ago. There were a lot of factors that contributed to this; I went from working in a hospitality environment where I was on my feet for 11 hours straight to an office job where I was sitting in front of a computer for the majority of my shift. I also ate out at restaurants more often and then proceed to nap after every meal, which didn’t help. I am not here to complain about my weight gain, but instead to accept that this happened because I let it happen. I will take the responsibility and do whatever it takes to get to my happy weight.
Journey to Healthy
I am putting this on my blog because it gives me more accountability and a sense of dedication. I have to admit that I used to diet when I was younger, but being my lazy self I opted for shortcuts in the form of crazy liquid diets and diet pills. I now understand that these methods don’t work and although it won’t happen overnight I can do it. I know that if I am consistent and resilient then I will ultimately reach my happy weight.
I have been eating relatively healthy these past few months and haven’t made too many drastic changes, as I am not about to starve myself or do something that will yield short term results. I am committed and with a lot of hard work, focus and determination, I will get there. To be honest, there are still some days when I have so much to do and the last thing I want to do is workout and exercise; and yesterday was one of those days.
Restarting the Dreaded 30 Day Shred
One workout that I have not been able to stick with is Jillian Michael’s 30 Day Shred. Whether it’s because I don’t find it that fun or that my knees are super sore after every workout, I am sucking it up and giving it another shot. Actually, I had been debating whether or not I should incorporate this program into my exercise regime and after reading many posts about people with positive results I decided that I would start and finish it.
I started Level 1, Day 1 on April 21, 2016. Today is supposed to be Level 1, Day 4, however I poorly planned my day yesterday and my laziness got the best of me nor did I make the time to workout. As a result, I actually felt sluggish and super lazy this morning when I woke up. To make up for my missed workout I plan on working out once in the morning and once in the late afternoon. I have established that working out actually makes my day better. I also realized that playing the video in the background and watching Jillian or the two women in the video demotivates me, as there are times when they are not doing the moves. Instead I opt to stare at myself in the mirror as I complete the workout. I can almost feel my body transforming with each workout, with each meal and it is up to me to keep it up or deal with the consequences.
Where’s Your Focus?
Instead of focusing on what I would lose such as weight, time to do other things, eating delicious foods, I am aiming my sights on what I will gain; which definitely outweigh the losses. By committing to a healthier lifestyle with balanced meals and exercise:
- I will gain more energy
- I will gain the belief that I owe it to myself to live my best life
- I will gain a sharper mind and use this to prioritize my life better
- I will gain a healthier body image of myself
- I will gain more self esteem and confidence
- I will gain feelings of happiness and satisfaction
- I will gain clothes that fit more comfortably
- I will gain my natural hourglass figure, that I used to only dream of
- I will gain a feeling of being lighter
- i will gain an everlasting change that I can see and feel
- I will gain strength in my body, mind and self
The points listed above are what I will gain when I achieve my happy weight!
I am so excited as this will also be a good time to start crossing more items from my Life List.
How do you view yourself, are you gaining or losing?
Stay strong and beautiful!