Starting my journey to losing weight isn’t easy… but, it’s important to me. It’s important to show myself love and compassion. Will you join me?
I wanted to start this journey by journaling my way along.
Eventually, I’ll try to add videos, but I want to encourage others to start where they are and to stop hiding.
It’s really easy to hop on Instagram, get inspired to make a change, but also feel less than… unworthy… unable… like it just won’t happen for you.
Believe me, I’ve traveled that path, still travel that path and it’s not fun. I’ve gone months avoiding certain people’s IG pages because, while I loved their images, they also were a trigger for me.
Maybe they reminded me of where I used to be, or they represented something I truly thought I couldn’t achieve.
But, I’m tired of letting images on the internet stop me, and I’m taking a stand. I’m asking you to join me.
Journey to Losing Weight
Today is Day 1 Week 0. Planning day/week.
But, before we get into the plan I want to give you a bit of a backstory about how I got to this place.
Also, a few stats.
I’m currently 32 years old. I stand 5 feet 5 inches tall and weigh approximately 155 pounds (give or take where I am in my cycle).
Now, let’s dig into all the things before the now…
Before – In Iraq, I got in shape
Ok, but really, before Iraq, I played soccer in high school (badly, I might add).
Then, I tried rugby in college… again played badly. But, while in college I also started running a bit more and lifting weights in the gym. This was 2008 roughly.
I didn’t end up going to Iraq until 2010 and that’s when things got real.
There isn’t much to do in the desert… Literally, I did the.same.thing.every.day.
My routine was as follows:
- Wake up at 5 am and run approx 2 miles
- Shower, get breakfast, and go to work
- Get off work, change and go to the gym
- Do CrossFit workout
- Shower, eat supper and go to sleep (unless I went to the Mediterranean restaurant on our base)
That was the gist of my routine for about 7 months of our rotation.
Between running and CrossFit every day I got in really good shape. I tried keeping up with this same routine once I got back home, but without a gym to walk to it was hard.
I ran and lifted what weights I had on hand.
Then – Pregnancy x 2
In 2012 I found out I was pregnant with my son and practiced Ashtanga yoga through my entire pregnancy.
I routinely practiced yoga 1-2 hours a day 6 days a week and was pretty strong in my body considering I was pregnant.
After I had my son though, it went downhill… fast.
In the span of about two years, I got certified to teach yoga, opened a yoga studio, and closed said yoga studio.
I lost my practice and began trying to get back into CrossFit.
Then, pregnancy #2 happened (2014-2015) and the proverbial crap hit the fan.
I gained a lot more weight, and couldn’t get it off after having my daughter. I gave up for a little bit (read: approximately 3 years).
In-Between – Floundering trying to find my way
Around 2018 is when I started this blog, Balance + Lift, with the intent of getting back into shape and sharing that with the world.
I tried keto and started loving that and wrote all the things about keto (if you search the blog you’ll find all the keto things here).
But, then I stopped keto and just tried to keep working out. My weight didn’t budge… at all.
So, I basically threw up my hands like a little kid throwing a tantrum.
In 2019 I was at 165, but in 2020 (after quitting my job) I had dropped 10 pounds and was actually kind of surprised by that. I changed nothing really other than not having a job and just trying to eat “healthy”.
Now – Fed up and ready for change
Well, fast forward to 2021… And, after having this blog for almost 3 years (June 2021 will be 3 -_-), I’m going to document things to keep myself accountable.
So, let’s dig into what I am planning to start with… ok? Ok.
Weight Loss Journey Game Plan
I am going to try my very best to stick to this plan. I want to stick it out and see how things go.
#1 Start with High Intesity Strength by Cass on the Sweat App
This is a 10-week program that I intend to follow.
You’ll have 4 weeks of intro workouts and 6 weeks of the real deal (at least that’s how it’s laid out).
I’m going to attempt to record a video each week of my thoughts and stats. We’ll see how that goes.
#2 Loosely Track Macros to Start
For this, I’m going to try and use Macrostax. I don’t suggest this for someone who isn’t sure how to track macros or isn’t sure if they want to track macros.
I’m pretty familiar with macro tracking and I have used this app previously so I’m going to give it a shot. I paid for a year of the app and found a discount code. So, it made it cheaper and worth the cost.
If you’re just starting out I recommend Cronometer. I did a write-up of that app here.
#3 After 1st Week of Loosely Tracking Macros – Go Hard
After getting back in the swing of tracking macros my goal is to stick to it for the remainder of the 10 weeks of doing the HIIT program with the Sweat App.
Why Do I Want to Lose Weight?
There’s this whole “body positivity” movement going on right now that encourages folks to love themselves where they are…
And, I’m not knocking that at all. I do believe women should love their bodies no matter how they look.
But, when you know and have proof that you used to be in fairly decent shape…
And, when you know and can feel just how much energy you don’t have anymore…
Well, it’s enough to get you to make changes.
I don’t want to lose X amount of pounds in 90 days.
I don’t even have a weight loss goal!
However, what I do have is a goal to:
- Get back into shape
- Improve my cardiovascular system
- Improve my strength
- Eat healthier for the long term
Are you ready to join me? Send me an email and let me know!