This is my first blog post on my adult SparkPeople account. I used to write quite a bit on my SparkTeens account but I didn't know what to write here. Back then, my goal of getting slimmer seemed so far out of reach, I used to binge eat/ comfort eat quite a bit and just my overall approach to eating was unhealthy. Thankfully, I'm in a much better place now than I was in my teenage years. I managed to ditch being obese at a young age and put in place healthy sustainable changes which will hopefully mean I can stay healthy for as long as possible and not develop any of the lifestyle related illnesses which run in my family and have been plaguing my country and the Western world at large over the past few decades. As I eventually lost the weight, my focus shifted from calorie counting and tracking and measuring everything since I know I didn't want to do that for the rest of my life but rather, eating what made my body feel good, limiting or ditching what made my body not feel good like sodas and excess sweets and naturally, my body settled at a weight that was smack on the border of Normal weight/Overweight (a range of 152-156lbs). I looked better, felt better about myself and gained more confidence in the process but I also became a college student during that time so the initial focus I could put on making lunches, working out regularly etc. got pushed to the backburner quite often. I never hit my 140lbs GW coming from 187lbs, but I became content at maintaining where I was, if that makes sense. I was no longer the 'fat girl' but I was not necessarily slim, I had chubby jiggly thighs that still rub and a rather pudgy tummy.
Eventually I started growing uncomfortable with being on the fence so to speak (around late 2017), and wanted a body that was more energetic, fit and could keep up better on my hikes and activities. I wanted a body that reflected my passion for health and fitness and active living and thought to myself, my 20s should be the best body of my life and I don't think I've fully reached that. Plus, the way I'd started eating more junk food, I knew eventually weight maintenance wasn't going to last.
Thus, I turned to the tool that had worked for me last time on May 13 (SP), and decided I'd kickstart achieving the GW, physique and fitness goals I've always wanted for myself but never quite reached. 2 months later, I've dropped 8lbs, making me 8lbs away from my GW that had seemed inpossible 5 years ago and I couldn't be prouder. 80s down then the 70s then the 60s, a longstanding plateau in the 50s then finally, the 40s!
This photo was the most recent I've taken (on Thursday 12/July) on a rum estate tour I took with some friends, and I can see the happiness and healthy glow radiating out. Eating well, drinking water and staying active have so many more benefits than losing weight! I'm proud of myself and how far I've come and I can't wait to reap even more benefits in the future. Maybe next I'll write an article on all the non-weight loss positive benefits I've gained along the way too!
Thanks for reading! Keep on pushing!