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Struggling for a while

Tuesday, March 05, 2019

This is my first blog entry. I've been struggling. I can't remember if it's weeks or maybe even a couple months now. When I first started this journey in 2017 I was so motivated. On March 21st 2017 I decided that I didn't want to be unhealthy anymore. One major reason was because my cousin needed a kidney transplant. She still needs a kidney transplant. That was a big motivator for me. At this point in time I have already quit drinking alcohol and quit smoking cigarettes. I didn't think I could do it. I was afraid I was going to let myself down again. But I finally got the motivation to use what I have been learning over the years. I actually knew a lot before I started my journey I just never used the knowledge I have obtained. I started off just by tracking every single thing I ate and drank. I stopped drinking soda, I didn't go out to eat fast-food, I added veggies to every meal to fill in where the portions didn't feel like enough. I slammed water like it was going out of style. I started cooking every meal at home, swapping healthier versions all of my favorite foods along the way, and measuring everything on a food scale. I followed a lot of people on YouTube to get information and motivation from them. I took measurements and weighed myself once a week. And in three short months I lost 40 lb. Mind you I didn't really work out too often. I walked 3 days a week. I remember my first walk took me 32 minutes to go 1 mile. Now I think I'm at 21 minutes. Still a work in progress. So most of the weight that I have lost was all watching what I was eating. When I would go to a sit-down restaurant I would ask for a to go plate right away and cut my meal in half before I even started eating. At work I would snack on every break and eat my lunch. I was not ever really hungry. And when I eventually tried to go out to eat at fast-food restaurants I felt nauseous. Because I wasn't used to it anymore. So anyway, I did good for about 9 months lost a total of 70 lbs by December 2017. Now my weight loss is 55 lbs down, so I gained 15 of it back. Which isn't bad for a year and a couple months I guess. I just needed to remember how I started this journey before, so I can get back on track. I have done it before, I can do it again. Stay strong. The photo is of My puppy Cujo. 😁😎💪💕✊
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