Hello Beautiful People,
If you’ve been following my journey at ThisCurvyGirlsFitness, then you’ve seen some of my transformation photos, however I haven’t really talked much about the journey on my blog, so I thought I’d share with you and I’m going to start with “How I started losing weight.”
It all started in March of 2019, when I went for my yearly physical. As with any doctors appointment, they always start with you stepping on the scale. As I stepped on the scale and the nurse said the words, “391 pounds”, I was in shocked. Out loud I said, “That’s 9 pounds away from being 400 pounds”. In that same appointment, I found out that I was diabetic and had high cholesterol. It was the appointment from hell, but I couldn’t blame anyone but myself because I knew I was unhealthy but didn’t do anything about it. To be honest, even after finding out all of that information I still didn’t do anything.
I think the shock sent me into a little depression and I kept up with the same unhealthy habits, but that day and the words 391 pounds never left my conscious. Then on May 27, 2019 something happen. I woke up knowing that if I didn’t change, I could die. The thought of leaving my family because of something that I could have changed, just tore me up inside and I knew that I had to take control.
So, on that first day, I walked on the treadmill. The walk took me a long time because I kept having to stop, but my goal was to walk I hour everyday. My pace was about 2.5, and it took me about 23 minutes to walk 1 mile. I wanted to quit so many times because I would look around and see people walking faster, using the incline feature or running and I just felt like I would never get there, but I just kept going. Slowly, I started to walk a little faster and started using the incline. My progress started to show.
As I kept going and getting a little faster, I was able to go from burning 500 calories to burring 1000 calories walking on the treadmill at a faster pace and higher incline. Around this time, I also started to meal prep, which helped tremendously to keep me on track. I like to snack, so having food ready and available was a great option.
I have to be honest, this journey has not been easy. I make a daily commitment to get up, workout and eat better and I mess up all the time. But I try again the next day. This journey has been beautiful because I’m changing my mindset, meeting new people and it’s giving more confidence to pursue my dreams. Getting your body healthier affects every other area of your life. It doesn’t make things easier but I’m able to handle the low times with a grace and a calm that allows me to keep the stress low.
Now, I’m sure there is someone wondering how much weight I’ve lost, and that is a valid question. Unfortunately, I don’t have answer for you because I haven’t stepped on a scale since my last doctors appointment because I need this to be a lifestyle change and I don’t want to chase a number on the scale.
I can tell you that at my largest, I wore a 4xl 28/26 in clothing. Currently, I’m down to a xxl. I haven’t purchased any new regular clothing since losing weight, I’ve only purchased workout clothes, so that’s how I know my clothing size. I will update my weight during my next physical which is coming up soon so tay tuned.
The wonderful thing about losing weight has been that I haven’t dealt with lower back pain as often, I have more energy to do things I’ve always wanted, I fit into most chairs now and overall I just feel good. Even when things aren’t going good, I feel good on the inside. I no longer make excuses about working out, I just get up and go. I allow myself to eat the foods that I enjoy in moderation.
Let me know if you would like to continue to see post about my weight loss journey?