*long post alert! ;)*
CURLIES!!! Many of you have been following my healthy lifestyle journey- that began in March 2013. I had reached an all time high in my weight gain- and was well OVER 250lbs (#truthmoment- it’s the first time I’ve shared that number with my CurlFriends! I was bad, y’all!)-
I had allowed myself to completely disregard my health, my comfort, and honestly- my happiness. I was an athlete all through high school- and even did track in college- but once school was out, my activity level plummeted, and my college ‘fast food’ eating habits stuck around…
Fast forward to March 2013- at this point, over the past 3 years I’d managed to lose 30lbs (and gain it back plus more!) FOUR TIMES. All by exercise- I joined a gym, got a trainer, started walking- you name it. I even managed to drop 30 lbs in 2 months by my wedding day- but I was still heavier than I’d ever been-
Well- I was almost 2 years into my natural hair journey and going natural had been (HAS BEEN!) such a liberating journey of self discovery that it has caused me all sorts of reflection. I started thinking- if being natural/using clean products is so important to my hair- why can’t I apply this to my body/health? If someone had told me 2 years before that I would give up relaxers- I would’ve LAUGHED IN THEIR FACE! And here I am. Maybe if I give up eating poorly, I can succeed there too?
Coincidentally, at this time one of my close friends decided to adopt a vegan lifestyle (a drastic change for her)- I was inspired by her willingness to ‘try something new,’ and though I knew that I wouldn’t do away with meat forever- I knew that I could probably cut back a lot- and add more veggies. My thoughts were- Even if I didn’t lose weight, hopefully my health would improve, right? So I educated myself on ‘meatless’ dishes, and veggie alternatives- and the eating was SOOO good-
(Details on my Foods & Dishes HERE!)
And not only did my health improve- cholesterol, blood pressure, triglycerides- everything- but the weight was coming off! AND FAST!
And with ZERO EXERCISE. Not one day in the gym. All these years of going back and forth with my weight- without realizing that I can have the BEST workout plan and the BEST trainer- but if I don’t know how to eat clean and healthy- I will never have a sustainable healthy weight. Never.
That doesn’t mean working out isn’t important. My big update is that I AM working out. But nothing crazy- no jumping in hard, and setting myself up to quit- it’s about long term, sustainable habits. Right now, I’m in terrible shape- while I am lighter, I don’t have the stamina I need to run a marathon. But that’s okay- and to be expected. My first goal is to- Just get out there and move. 3 times a week, I am putting on my workout gear, and walking a few laps in the park.
I don’t have a time goal, or distance goal- I just walk until I’m totally burned out- then I do ONE MORE lap past that point, and call it a day. The first day it was about 20 mins of walking- but by the end of the week (my 3rd walking trip)- I walked for 45 minutes. Yup. I’m doing this.
I’m not watching the scale the same way, and hoping to just feel results- but no matter what, I am happy to have made it this far.
For those Curlies starting a healthy journey- I’m right here with y’all- way to go! For those looking for some inspiration- scroll up, I transformed- you can too. Oh, and Mrs. First Lady- you think you have ripped arm muscles?