Weight Loss 101
Hey there Curvy Girls,
Today's post is all about creating and maintaining a healthy weight loss journey. Being a plus-sized woman, I am often told that I am super unhealthy or morbidly obese. Most of the time, this unnecessary and unwarranted commentary comes from non-medical professionals who believe that just because I am plus-sized means I am on the road to death.
(Fyi- Please be silent, your ignorance is speaking )
While I am very aware of the potential health risk being on overweight can poses, I do try to take preemptive steps to keep my health in the best shape as possible.I have tried dieting and workouts but for the life of me could not manage to stay on the healthy path. Now I will admit that I kind of a serial dieter, who starts and stops diets at the drop of a hat. But for the past six months I have been trying something new, I am on a lifestyle change. Dieting is defined as restricting oneself to small amounts or special kinds of food in order to lose weight. A lifestyle change is completely different from a diet because it calls for you to gradually change things about your eating and workout habits to improve your quality of life.
During my previous weight loss attempts, my goal was to be skinny because I was unhappy with my appearance and obsessed with being at my correct BMI (Body Mass Index).I never dieted for the right reasons, it was just to please my doctor and finally stop being that Fat girl.On my journey of self-discovery and mission to love myself, I found that losing weight and being healthy for the right reason makes the journey much easier.
Here are few things to keep in mind on your weight loss journey.
Lose Weight for the right reason :YOU – Losing weight and keeping it off is not the easiest thing and mentally can take a toll on you. If you are losing weight for the wrong reasons, it won’t work nor will you be happy with the results. Trust me when I say, DO IT FOR YOURSELF!
Take NO Short Cuts – Weight loss should be a process and not rushed because everyone bodies react differently to change. Making rash decisions and using things like crash diets is a major issue when it come to weight loss and living a better lifestyle. Shorter does not always mean better nor does it guarantee a healthier you. Even if you go the surgical route, there is a process to get you to the goal set by you and your doctor. Shortcuts can hurt any progress you think you have made and also may be detrimental in the long run.
Try new things – I am the first to admit that I hate trying new foods or things. My diet only consist of chicken as a source of meat since I quit all other meats about 15 years ago. Over the summer, my mom bought a turkey by mistake and I tried it for the first time and liked it.I added a new element to my diet that was leaner than chicken and opened myself to a new possibility that is healthy.
Remember its not a RACE – Your weight loss journey is not a race. Its your own personal journey on the road to a better you. Take your time and lose weigh at your own pace. Keep an open mind. Expect failure and issues but don’t let them keep you down.