So I’ve took a break from blogging for the last 3 years. Been trying to work on myself and personal goals. For me that took disconnecting for a while. In the last three years I’ve gotten a promotion for my job change building locations, learned to love myself, become a better mother to my children. So why make the return you ask. I want to inspire people that they can do so much more. The problem with most people is they put themselves in a bubble using obstacles as excuses instead of over coming them. I was also very guilty of this. My latest journey has been one in my health.
I lost about 60 Lbs. in the last 2 years, even though I’m still working to hit my ultimate goal; I’m Proud of the progress I’ve made. I had always made excuses for my self on how I didn’t have time between working a full time job and raising three children. However when I saw my daughter looking in the mirror complaining about her weight I decided I need to make a change.
It started with small changes . I would pick my poison between bread and pasta. I wouldn’t completely cut either one out of my diet but if I was having a pasta dinner I didn’t need the additional three to four slices of Italian bread. Then I cut out all the sugary drinks out of my diet. I still have the occasionally monster or redbull but I wasn’t drinking one every day or the occasional glass of sprite with a day of eating out. The next step was to to cut down on the sugar. I would have a coffee with creamer and just slowly cut back of the amount of sugar I was putting in until I reached a point like now where I don’t add sugar to my drinks at all.
Then I put my self on an eating schedule. Yes I know it sounds weird but honestly it helped so much. I was super guilty of the late night snacks while binge watching my favorite season of Law and Order SVU. I would eat breakfast between 9 -9:30 and that even fit it with my work schedule since it was my first break. Then lunch around 12 then dinner at six and I would cut my self off from all food after 7 pm. The next step was to slowly how to become more active.
In the summer it was easy I could go to the park with my kids run around even go swimming . My struggle was always in the winter months and at my job. I have a desk job in my ware house so the expectation was 90% of my day I was glued to my desk and a computer screen. The first step of hitting this goal was not sitting at my desk. I would stand and work on the computer. As silly as it may have sounded and looked I even started doing squats while I played with excel. As far as around the house I would start playing just dance with my kids or listen to music and dance while I cooked and cleaned.
The hardest step of my journey was getting my diet in order. I had to slowly change my taste buds and start enjoying more natural and healthier things in life. Now for the record that doesn’t means I don’t eat chocolate or don’t enjoy a beer and wings every once in awhile. But I did have to cut everything out cold turkey till I could reprogram my brain.
For the first month or so I had a salad everyday at lunch. It was hard but I would add left over meat for the night before to make it palatable. I even got to the point where I actually craved salad which was just crazy to me. the I would swap out pasta at dinner for things like zoodles (zucchini noodle) or eat mashed sweet potatoes instead of instant potatoes.
Long story short for whatever your dietary goals are they are totally achievable. you just have to breakthrough the excuses and do it. Also don’t expect results to be instantaneous it takes time. But small life style changes or what makes this easy to stick to and make it sustainable.