Small Victories!

So today I had some left over spaghetti and I really wanted some more.  I was fighting with myself on whether i should eat some more or not.  I decided to drink a tall glass of water and wait it out!! Magically (to me lol), I did not feel hungry or the need for anything else to eat for a few hours!!

Portion control is a real thing i struggle with….which is why MyFitnessPal is essential for being accountable.  The scary thing is I kind of feel myself being obsessed with the idea of tracking calories.  In the past,  I always made fun of my friends for doing it, but I totally get it right now.

In other news, at the store I got the most beautiful purple kale which made my green smoothie even more amazing!  I think i need to invest in some protein powder so I can use it as a meal replacement for breakfast!   Also, I found videos for 30 Day Shred and insanity on YouTube!  so I hope to start those as soon as possible!

Best of luck to everyone in their fitness goals!

xoxo

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Day ________

Hey!

I’m also one of the posters for futurefitdivas!  Just introducing myself and sharing my goals 🙂 

About My Journey

So, my whole life I was bigger.  I remember my mom buying us panty girdles (aka spanks) and support top panty hose and saying things like “Hold your stomach in!” and “Don’t look messy!”  When I was in high school between junior and senior year I got sick and I lost about 30 pounds.  I couldn’t really eat anything and what I did eat had to be small portions.  It consisted mainly of fruits, vegetables and baked chicken because it’s all I could really tolerate.  I was never given an official diagnosis but that is what started me on a journey to eating better.  I saw a huge weight loss just by changing my diet!  Of course after that, life happened!  I’ve moved to different cities a couple of times, I’ve changed occupations, my schedule has changed.  It’s so hard to keep a consistent regimen.  I’ve tried Weight Watchers (which I would suggest to anyone who can afford it, loved it!).  But at this point in my life I don’t want a set plan or regimen because I’ve realized I have to make healthy decisions everyday even when my plan won’t work and even when I can’t work out regularly and even when I don’t feel like it.  I’m a stress eater, an emotional eater, pretty much I eat when I feel anything. I’ve gained about 15-20 pounds since starting medical school, and I’ve realized there will never be a time when I can stop everything and devote all my energy to losing weight or being healthy.  It has to be an accumulation of everyday decisions to eat healthy and make better decisions!

So… my goals you ask? …. Well…

  1. Make healthier decisions regarding food.  This entails choosing foods with higher fiber, lower fat/calorie content, less junk food (which I currently live off of), more water, etc.
  2. Since I can’t work out regularly, I want to work out when I can, take the stairs instead of elevators, park farther in parking lots so I have to walk further to the store.  Anything I can do to increase my physical activity I will try to do!
  3. Get back in touch with God and feeling that connection I once had.  If my relationship with God is in line, everything else will follow!
  4. Work on healthier relationships with friends, family, etc!

So, I’m not calling this day one…it’s just another day on a continuing journey to eat better and be healthy in all aspects of life!!!

– Rhea

My first day of this journey!

Hello, hello, hello!

I’m one of the posters on this site.  I  just want to share my story for wanting to start this health and fitness journey and what I hope to accomplish.

My Story

I was always athletic from a young age; I was always involved in some type of sport or physical activity.  When I was younger, my mother signed me up for tennis, swimming (even though I still don’t know to swim to this day lol), basketball or some type of camp.  During middle school I was involved in track and basketball and in high school basketball became my full-time job, aside from school.  I played basketball during the regular season, during the summer for AAU, our teams summer league, and basketball camps, and in the fall we all shot around.  I did this for 4 years.  I should have parlayed my love of basketball to college, but at the time I was ready to end it and enjoy life outside of the sports world.  I don’t have many regrets in life, but that is one decision I definitely regret making.

In college, I met the most wonderful friends (some of who will be posting here!) and I think in the beginning we motivated each other to work out.  I think I stopped working out during my junior year and that’s when i start seeing weight gain.  It wasn’t enough to make me want to do anything about it, but I noticed it was there.  My senior year, I realized how much weight I gained when all the cute shirts I had bought to go out in didn’t fit anymore.   Shortly after graduating, I returned home and started working.  I was diagnosed with uterine fibroid tumors in October 2007 after losing a lot of blood, being in ICU, and undergoing a blood transfusion and had surgery the Friday after Thanksgiving to remove them.  To stop the bleeding, I was give all types of hormones, which also caused me to gain weigh in a very rapid fashion.  I never really lost that weight and I actually kept gaining weight.

When I was pregnant in 2010, I felt my body was weird because I was losing weight rather than gaining.  During my pregnancy I lost around 23 lbs.  I feel that was due to the way I was eating.  I didn’t eat sweets, I ate a TON of fresh fruit and vegetables  and I limited my red-meat intake.  I felt like I ate a lot, but I’m sure my portions were smaller and the things I was eating were better for me.  I gained all of my 23 lbs (and then some) a little after my daughter was born, around December 2010 or so.

Currently, I am a new city with no really connections yet, which I think have influenced my eating habits and eating more so for comfort rather than to satisfy a hunger.

My Goals

This journey for me isn’t just about losing weight.  It’s also about finding a balance in all areas of my life in four main ways:

  1. I hope to lose a total of 100 lbs in my weight lost journey
  2. I hope to reaffirm, reclaim, and rediscover my spirituality
  3. I need to balance school, work, and family time
  4. I need to find some time for ME somewhere

Sorry, I didn’t mean to write a book but I really wanted to share why this journey is so important to me and why I am taking it so serious.

Why did you get started on your fitness journey?  Please feel free to share and any helpful suggestions and tips are greatly welcome!

🙂

Alessa985

Hello!

“I am in charge of how I feel and today I’m choosing happiness.”

Being healthy is essential.

Health isn’t just physical — it is emotional, spiritual, and mental as well.  We are a group of friends who are just committed to being healthier in all aspects of our lives.  We will post our own journeys individually with some motivation under our main account.

 

Lets Get Healthy!