I started out doing really good and found lots of things that worked for me. The Dr. Oz Rapid Weight Loss Plan really did give me a great start and boost in confidence. I learned to eat fresher and eat less bad carbs. I enjoyed salads, roasted lean meats and healthy snacks like roasted chickpeas and kale chips. I bought things like chia seeds and flax seed meal and found creative ways to eat them. Most importantly I stopped being afraid of eating fats and incorporated healthy fats like olive oil and avocado into my diet.
It took me a couple of months to start exercising but I started going consistently to the gym and liking it. I started with just the treadmill and then ventured onto the elliptical and arc trainer. I found that I loved the elliptical most of all and even got up to 15 minutes on the arc trainer. My back stopped hurting and I was able to walk long distances.
I was doing well and lost 60 pounds! I had to give away lots of clothes that were too big for me and buy smaller sizes. I started feeling more confident and getting compliments on my weight loss. Things were going good and then the summer came. I became less strict on what I ate and started going out and doing fun summer things like the beach, parks and sprinklers instead of exercising. I kept on and on until I started gaining instead of losing. I took longer brakes off of the scale and kept telling myself I would start on Monday.
Then I discovered the Atkins diet and loved all the foods I could eat on it. I loved eating the cheeses and bacon but also learned how to eat some healthy carbs like brown rice, veggies and some fruits. I lost a bit of weight again and started doing exercise at home again.
Then the holidays came and I starting eating and snacking on everything that I used to eat before I went on my journey. I stopped exercising and started going to tons of holiday events and play dates.
Now I sit here writing about my year on this journey and only 30 pounds down. I know 30 pounds is some lost but for me it is so far from where I wanted to be. I still have a lot to go but I am happy that I am at a loss and not a gain. Years and years of starting weight loss journeys I would always be at a gain once January came along.
I have my planner filled and my exercise and meals planned! I want to be ready for 2015 and have a better year. I want to learn that if I do mess up I have to get right back on track. I want to learn how to have fun in the summer while still staying on track. I want to enjoy the holidays but only enjoy one day of it and not weeks.
On January of 2016 I am going to link back to this post and show how much better I did. I want to be at my goal weight and say "YES I DID IT!"