|Posted on July 11, 2018 at 9:50 AM||comments (0)|
If you know me personally, you may know that I have struggled with my weight for a while. After having a child, it's no secret that our bodies change. Some of us have to make a good effort to lose weight, while others it just kind of falls off after giving birth. I am one of those people who HAVE to work extra hard to lose weight. Not only because of childbirth, but other digestive disorders that I suffer with, it makes it harder.
Honestly, I was in a pretty dark place after having my son. It was a time when I didn't feel very motivated and at times even felt depressed. I was overjoyed by the blessing that I had just recieved, my son. But, I was not happy with myself as a person. The last thing on my mind was getting healthy. I started getting pretty clear on my goals in the Summer of 2016. I wanted to create a business to help women reach their full potential through wellness and natural therapies, I did just that. I dove into a business that I was passionate about. Still, my own SELF CARE and wellness goals got put on the back burner. Helping everyone else. Funny how us healers need the most healing, right? I've spent the past two years assisting others in their own healing journeys, and recently decided to do what I should have done a long time ago, get healthy.
One day I woke up and said to myself, "How are you going to help others, if you can't even help yourself?"
Deep down I knew that I would not ever fully flourish in my business without being a walking example for my clients and the people that I help.
Let's talk about weight.
This is a touchy subject for me, but I'm being open and honest.
I can say that I have been trying to lose weight for the past year or so, but I would be lying. Yes, I have gone on a few short lived diets. I've gone vegetarian. I've gone vegan. Again, all short lived. Thips point in my life is the only time I can say that I have really taken it seriously and stayed consistent. A few months ago I started the Paleo Diet. If you are unfamiliar with what that is, it's also called the Caveman diet. It's basically a diet where you're just eating natural food that comes from the earth like meat, vegetables, and fruit. That's it. Low carb. No sugar. It's a very simple diet and I did it for about a few weeks until I fell off the wagon with that one too. Paleo diet left me feeling hungry a lot, so sometimes I would overeat. It wasn't for me at the time, so I stopped. I had been hearing about the Keto diet so much lately, but it scared me. A high fat diet with no carbs? That intimidated me. Also one of the digestive disorders I have doesn't work well with fat...
I did a lot of research on Keto and found it very interesting. I saw so many people experiencing rapid (but healthy) weight loss on the diet. I felt like it wasworth giving it a try especially because most people have such amazing results with it. At this point, I would try anything. This was about a month and a half ago and I was at my heaviest weight ever of 187.... Yes, you read that right. Again, if you know me personally, you know that I am not a tall person. I am only 5'3, so carrying around 187 pounds was not healthy! Most people don't believe I was that weight because a lot of people say that I carried it well, and that may be true, but it still wasn't healthy.
I heard about fasting... intermittent fasting to be exact and did my research on that as well. I quickly learned that the process of Keto Dieting and Intermittent fasting was a match made in heaven. Fasting is just longer periods of timr without eating. It gives your body more time to burn fat. Following a Keto diet puts your body into "ketosis" basically making your body a fat burning machine. I usually fast about 16 hours a day. I try to eat my first meal at 12 and last meal before 8 pm.
I started this new way of eating a month ago. Now, let's be clear. I do not fast every single day and I haven't always followed the perfect Keto Diet... but I am pretty consistent. I just do what feels right for my body and mind that day. I have also been exercising regularly at home and doing yoga.
So far in a month im down about 10-12 pounds (it fluctuates).
I have about 30 more to go to reach my goal weight.
It's important to take it day by day. I wake up with the mindset that I deserve to look and feel my best. I want to nourish my body with things that are good for me. I plan on doing an update each month to track my progress. Hope you enjoyed this post and below are some weight loss tips that I follow:
Cut out all drinks except waters, teas, and coffee. DO NOT add any sugar to your drinks.
Get exercise in as many times a week as you can. Aim for at least three days a week. I use the "BetterMe" app for good home workouts. As well as do yoga when I'm "cooling down" from my workout.
Cut back on carbs. Even if you don't want to jump right into a Keto or Paleo diet, cutting back significantly on carbs will jump start your weight loss journey. And if you are going to eat carbs make sure they are good carbs. Brown rice, Quinoa, Sweet Potatoes etc. Stay away from anything white!
Love & Light