Diet & Weight-loss Journey Part I

Diet was one of my goals for 2018. Since I got that exercise/lifting weights thang down, I really wanted to shift my focus to eating healthy.

Previous resolutions

2014-Lose 35-40 pounds with calorie counting and exercise.

2016-Add barbell squats and deadlifts to my exercise routine

2017-Quit soda and drink water only. I did it successfully!

2018-Cut down on carbs and refined sugar. Cut out processed foods. Eat more protein. Stick to a 1200 calorie diet, until I lose 12 pounds. Once I lose the weight, I plan to increase my calorie intake to 1500 calories a day. Then focus on lifting weights, eating healthy protein, gaining muscle, and gaining weight!

 

First, I want to celebrate 4, yes FOUR years of exercising! Four years ago, this month, I was depressed, self-conscious, and almost 40 pounds over weight. I put all my focus and energy into Lila and her health, that I completely lost myself physically AND mentally. After I lost all my weight, I kept up with the gym because it was a form of therapy. I STILL exercise to release negative energy, stress, anger and bad thoughts. Sadly, after I dieted, I didn’t keep up with healthy eating…and it recently caught up with me. With exercise, I’ve been eating more than double the amount of calories that I need and ended up gaining 12 pounds in 4 months. 

Being that I’m short, the weight gain shows quickly. It shows in my face, upper arms and upper thighs. My stomach was bloated. My skin breaking out. The cellulite was multiplying and without jumping on a scale, I knew the pounds were adding up. So, for 2018, I want to focus on a healthy diet. 

My stats-I’m 5’1″ Starting weight 132.4 pounds. 36 chest. 27.5 waist. 40 hips. 

My goal stats-118 pounds (to rid of extra fat). 34 chest. 25 waist. 38 hips. 

 

Here’s a few iPhone shots of me. I’m hoping to update bi-weekly or monthly on my progress! Since it’s been 7 FULL days of dieting-I’ll update a little on how it’s been going lately. (sorry about the mess and bad lighting and my not-so-hot self)

Day 1. 132.4 Pounds

Day 3. After losing a few pounds of water weight! But here’s the before images-without the after pictures. 🙁

 

I’m on day 7 of low carbs, low refined sugar, very low processed foods and high protein/veggies/fruits/low sugar/whole grain/low sugar yogurt. It’s been rough. Especially day 3 and 4. Sticking to a strict 1200 calorie a day diet makes me want to cry!!! I keep dreaming about Dunkin everything bagel with cream cheese!!! Pizza! Donuts! Chips! ahhhh! I know it won’t last forever and my body will adjust from taking in 2200-2500 calories a day down to 1200 calories a day..but from my previous experience, it takes THREE weeks to a month before it gets better. In the first week, I went from 132.4 pounds to 126.4 pounds. That’s 6 pounds in one week! When I did the 1200 calorie diet in 2014, I didn’t even come close to losing that amount in one week! The reasoning behind the rapid weight loss in the first week? Lack of sodium. I was eating large amounts of sodium in my processed food and my kidney’s couldn’t keep up-so I retained and bloated. After a week of cutting processed food and keeping my sodium down, I feel SOOOOO MUCH BETTER. Hands down. I hope with this new diet, not only will I lose weight, but hopefully clear up my skin, lose the cellulite, maybe calm the spider veins down and have more energy during the day and at the gym! 

Week one- 126.4 pounds and 8 more pounds to go. Hopefully, now that I’m done losing water weight, I’ll slowly start losing some fat.

PS. There’s been a few mama’s who have asked me how I’ve stuck with an exercise plan for FOUR years!? The secret? Make it a priority!!! Sleeping, eating, showering, going to the dentist to keep your teeth healthy, or going to the doctors for your annual check up. These are things we all do to keep our bodies healthy and thriving. Same goes for dieting and exercising. The other day, I was in chaos. Lila was ill, I was running around with my head cut off and I made sure, no MATTER how stressed I was…NO MATTER how much I didn’t want to go to the gym, I needed to go. And I went. People think that exercising and eating right is something they don’t HAVE to do. That they can put exercise on the back burner because life is too stressful…WRONG. You exercise and eat a healthy diet to thrive and be all around healthier. To be a better YOU. I’m a firm believer that what you put in your body (or life), is what you get out. The only time I skip the gym is if I’m very sick, a family member is in the hospital, a family event, or if the gym burned down. ha! Ok, maybe that’s not so funny.  I know some people think, “well, Sierra is a stay at home MOM! She has a ton of time to workout,” WRONG again. I juggle mothering a special needs daughter and her health (which is practically a full time job in itself), raising a boy who will grow up to be a respectful, responsible, loving, patient, and kind HUMAN, -add in the dreaded housework, bills, running errands and being self-employed photographer. If you’re too busy to workout, then you’re doing life wrong. #sorrynotsorry I spend 1.5 hours 3-4x a week at the gym…that’s 4.5-6 hours a week. 18 hours a month. 216 hours in a YEAR…and guess what? There’s 8,760 hours in a year…216 hours at the gym is practically nothing in comparison. 

 

 

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