Monday, March 13, 2017

Magnificent Transformation: mental gains in a mental game

Hello person reading this; you are so kind to take the time to read my thoughts. I figured to go in tandem with my last blog, this one wasn’t too far off! While I continue to still learn amazing things every day; the old adage  “what comes up, must come down” is still true.

Weight-loss is bullshit. It’s so god damn exhausting with the constant pushing yourself, having to think about EVERY SINGLE THING YOU EAT and struggling to not eat an entire jumbo size bag of smart pop. I’m one of the chosen ones by the universe that DOES have to carefully consider what I eat, how I eat it, when I work out (WHAT I work out) in order to not put these lost pounds back on. It’s such a mental game. And unless you are over-weight, you will NOT understand this. It’s so damn easy for people to say “oh just eat less” or “go to the gym more”. If it was THAT god damn easy, don’t you think we’d all be Victoria Secret models by now? To these people I say “for YOU, its easy”. You DO NOT have 31 years of bad habits under your belt! Think of how easy it is to change even the smallest part of who you are, and you will understand the struggle to change your ENTIRE life. We are bombarded by tasty foods in every facet of our life; Social media, TV, walking down the street, my co-workers delicious spicy chicken burger..and the list goes on.

If I could stop eating all together I would. It’s an addiction, straight up. Unfortunately we need to eat to live and make sure we do things like not murdering our neighbor when their dog won’t stop barking. How successful would an alcoholic be if they could just have ONE DRINK per day? I challenge you to say, not very. It takes work to change your mindset to food being fuel and not a constant void filler, or distraction. The way I am currently doing things is working for me; I meal prep and track on “myfitnesspal” app. This is not for everyone and I’ve heard people’s opinions. The problem with people’s opinions is that I don’t give a fuck about them. This works for me. I’m changing my life for ME. I’m extending my life for ME. Weight loss is an individual battle and I am doing it in a way that works well for me and I’ve seen solid and positive results and would never tell anyone HOW to do it and would encourage someone to start at their own pace and decide what works for them and go with it!

I am still a baby in this game but look forward to what the future holds and like anything in life, excited to learn and re-teach myself a new lifestyle. Its hard, and frustrating and moments when you want to give up are the times  you need to work the hardest. I’ve sweat more than I ever have, make ugly faces during that last rep at the gym, tell myself to “stop being a little bitch” when I think I can’t do ONE MORE bicept curl (I always can) and have broken more nails than I’d like….all in all, I’d not change a damn thing.

“When you look in the mirror and see no change, still keep faith knowing that in time you will get there if you stay focused and on track; that’s the difference between those who succeed and those who fail”

Love, Laura xoxox

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Magnificent Transformation: What I've learned so far..

Hello again!!

(Again..I act like I haven’t blogged in months..ha!)

How’ve you been? I’ve been great thanks! ..No really I have been! As some of you may or may not know, I’ve been on a “reducing plan” or “lifestyle change” as I like to refer to it as. For the simple folk; a weight loss kick (by kick I mean, in the butt as this is long over-due). I started January 2nd, 2017 and while I didn’t consider myself a resolutioner, a kind stranger at the gym reminder me I was..while telling me I should be proud for keeping up with my promise to myself. But thanks to that creepy stranger, I started thinking how proud I actually am for keeping at it! It has only been a month but my progress has been very positive and keeps me going.

Anyways, the point of this recent blog was not so much to point out that I am indeed making a life change but to tell you 5 main things I’ve learned in just once month of doing this. (I’ve actually learned SO much but these main ones keep me going). Here goes…

1)      Water. Oh my god so much water. Pretty sure people at work think I have a god damn disease form going to the bathroom so much but its so necessary! Whether its revving up the organs in the morning or combating the salt from your cheat meal burger at 5 guys…I cannot get enough!

2)      Tracking. I use “Myfitnesspal” app for the phone and it’s a life saver.  After inputting my height/weight/gender and goals it auto-calculates what my caloric intake should be and provides as a great way to track what I’m eating and makes sure I’m maintaining my goals. (It’s also a GREAT way to stay accountable!)

3)      Gym. I actually really enjoy the gym! People are happiest there and I love taking classes! I enjoy seeing the small changes that have happened so far and what it does to me mentally is so huge! Some days its more therapy than anything.

4)      Food. This is my BIGGEST struggle. But thanks to the age of the internet and Pinterest, I’ve been able to transform my once unhealthy daemons into healthier alternatives. Exampe; spaghetti squash is my new pasta and frozen yogurt bites is my new ice cream!

5)      Support. This is probably the most obviously important one; something I didn’t realize until I received it. Finding someone that is on the same journey as you and has the same struggles with late night chicken mcnuggets is great! Bouncing ideas off each other and being able to voice without judgement is refreshing and getting that “you’re doing so great babe” makes my existence and terminal leg day pain all seem worth it.

In short, this is what I’ve learned and will continue to take with me along this journey. I’m enjoying the little victories and truly take it one pound at a time. I could’ve spent time creating excuses and “I’ll start tomorrow’s” but we all know that never happens; the time will pass anyways. All I did was START and its been one of the best decisions I’ve made in my life…

Love, Laura xoxox