Adventures in Ebony’s Journey to ONEderland: The First 5

 

                So I know it’s been a while since I have updated my health journey, but I didn’t want to post until I hit a milestone. My first milestone was this past weekend. At my weigh-in last Saturday, I had lost 21.6 pounds, 5% of my starting body weight. That may not seem like a lot when compared to the total amount I’ll need to lose to get to my goal weight, but it’s a great starting point, and significant enough to improve health,  mobility and-in some cases-equals a drop in clothing size.  This has been the case here, I haven’t had any of my vitals checked,  but I’m sure that my BP and cholesterol are better. My back and knees don’t hurt as much, and I am getting back into clothes I haven’t work in a while, they’re snug for my taste, but they fit. I’ve also found out a few things in this first chapter of my journey, and I thought I would share them with you.

  1. “After” isn’t the end..it’s the beginning:  So many people think that once they reach their weight or fitness goal, then that’s it. They can stop, go back to eating what they want and not exercising again. That’s about as smart as restoring an antique car to showroom new quality, upgrading it for the modern roads, only to drive it off a cliff, and just as destructive. But time and time again, people lose and gain and lose and gain until the “A-Ha” moment comes when you realize that you have to change your lifestyle…you will have to adopt the mantra “eat less, move more”, drink more water, less soda, and eat fruits, vegetables and whole grain for the rest of your life. THAT is harder than getting the weight off, really changing your mind about food, exercise, and life in general. Some people aren’t always ready to take that step, and for some people, being overweight is comfortable, and familiar, like an old friend always there for you when being fit and healthy and scrutinized feels too hard and you don’t want to do it anymore. But in those moments, think of how you felt back then, what your health was like, how you let your weight isolate you from the world. Do you really want to go back to that? Yeah, me either. This was hard for me to realize, but I’m getting there with every passing day. Every day I choose the salad over the hamburger, when I ask for a to go box placing half
  2. “The ‘evil, skinny gym bitches’ are actually very nice, and some of them were one Fabulous And Thick (FAT) too”:  This has to be one of the more pleasant surprises for me in all this, and hopefully will allow my fellow fluffy girls to not be so intimidated by those girls in the gym. Because the truth is, they’re there for the same reason you are, to be healthy. In fact, you may find that when you talk to them they can give you tips, suggest ways to cook food so you don’t get in a rut or-even bigger surprise-they were once a fluffy girl like you. Yep, the toned lean size 8 was once a size 22! And the great thing about that is she can tell you that you can do it, and how she persevered on those days when she didn’t want to, what she did when she plateaued, and can be a great workout buddy. But, what you’ll find more often in that case was when she started, she wasn’t planning to get to her current size, but she just kept trucking, 1 day at a time, 1 pound at a time (sound familiar?)
  3. “I’ll get by With a Little Help from my Friends (and Family): I could spend an entire blog just on this one point, but for the time being I’ll keep it brief. The amount of love, support, and encouragement I have gotten from my friends on FB, the message boards of WW, and my family are more than I could have ever hoped for. Everytime I have posted about a loss, a Non Scale Victory, or a great workout, there they have been, cheering me on every step of the way, whether I lost 1 pound or 5 there you have been. One of the things that makes it difficult for a person to lose weight or maintain it long term, is when there is a lack of support for them. I feel so blessed and lucky to know that I don’t have that. I want you to know that your support means so much to me, and it’s one of the things I look to when I feel discouraged about how much I’ll have to lose, and how long it may take me to get there, but I gotta say, it’s a lot easier of a journey knowing that you guys are taking the ride with me.
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