Everyone's Body is Different
I'm in shape. I want to be in better shape than I am. That requires me to shed some weight which I'm always ready to do but the scale bounces between two specific numbers and never dips below the lowest number. I went to a doctors appointment and said "ma'am I want to lose more weight." Her immediate reaction was "you're fine". So I left it alone because she clearly wasn't trying to assist. I went back to her 3 weeks later for a second doctor's appointment and I gained 3lbs so now she became concerned. Really? In my mind I was like "yup and tomorrow I'll be 2 lbs lighter and Wednesday I'll be 5 lbs heavier".
So we really sat down and talked about what I could do to change my weight and move it to a number on the scale that I was comfortable with.
My doctor isn't a nutritionist so she gave me a few tips and referred me to a nutritionist (who I haven't seen yet but I might).
I weighed myself on Monday and yup I lost 10lbs.
Isn't it unhealthy to lose 10lbs in 7 days? Maybe it is but I didn't do anything unhealthy to lose it. I don't feel funny and I actually feel a lot better mentally and physically.
So what did I do?
I drastically changed my diet.
If you've read this blog before you know I eat a lot of fruits and vegetables and I try to stick to just fish for my "meat" protein.
I did a little research and found out what some common diet mistakes non-meat eaters make.
We eat too much fruit.
I was eating too much fruit. Fruit for breakfast in my yogurt, fruit in my smoothies, fruit for snacks, fruit for dessert ✋🏽 I should have turned into an orange or an apple or something. Maybe a pineapple? That's more like me.
We eat too many simple carbs.
When I removed meat from my diet I began to crave salty foods like French fries and tortilla chips and Mac and cheese and tacos. I would even justify this to myself by making sweet potato fries and using dairy free cheese and quinoa pasta. Stop it. Lol.
We don't get enough protein from the proper source.
I gave up on beans a long time ago and started drinking protein milk and eating peanut butter and jelly sandwiches on gluten free or "80 million" grain bread.
We don't understand the importance of carb cycling.
I was meal prepping and eating the same thing for 5 days each week and allowing myself 2 cheat meals per week. Whether I ran or lifted or did yoga that day, I ate the same thing everyday.
So what did I do differently?
I removed a lot of fruits out my diet.
I started carb cycling.
I started to eat green vegetables at every meal.
I started logging everything that I ate (and drank) in a food journal.
I became strict with my water intake.
I started logging my workouts in an exercise journal.
I began strength training 3 times a week.
I kept running 3 times a week (a 3 mile run, a sprint workout, a long run).
I started practicing yoga 3-4 times a week.
Most importantly, I admitted to myself that even though I was becoming leaner, I was still unhappy with my progress so I changed.
I also finally came to the realization that everyone's body is different and I have to do what is right for my body. Everyone in this world cannot have the same diet and get the same results.
I say all of this to say that it's ok to be unhappy about something but you have to be willing to do the research that is needed to make a change. Whether you need a change at work, a change in your spiritual life, a relationship change, a physical change, etc. you have to be willing to change it.
So I'm on this fitness journey and I have been for 7 years now but I'm finally taking things seriously.
Maybe I'll share more later.
Cheers 🍻 to getting fit!