My Fitness Journey Part 3

Friday, July 17 2015 12:10 PM
By Katlyn Hartford

It has been a few weeks since I’ve started my journey and I love the results I’ve seen so far!  Since I’ve started I’ve lost 5% body fat, 11.6 pounds of fat, and a total of 12 pounds!  I’m so excited, after a while my body just clicked and I was dropping the weight and inches like crazy!  Even when I though I wasn’t doing so well, I still was able to lose!  When I started my journey, Briana had me on a high protein, low carb diet.  When I say diet I don’t mean I’m on a diet, I mean a new way of eating.  To me going on a diet is a fast track to failure, but changing your diet for the better is a road to success!  I was able to keep my diet healthy, while giving myself one cheat meal a week.  As long as I could still have my sweets once a week, I was set.  Eventually Briana gave me a website of healthy, clean eating recipes called Dashing Dish.  This website had so many wonderful recipes that allowed you to eat healthy and clean but did it in a way that you felt like you were cheating every day.  I had muffins, and Mexican pizza, a “pasta” bake, and lasagna!  The dishes were all made with foods that I wouldn’t normally eat like spaghetti squash and zucchini, but were delicious.  I knew that exercise wasn’t going to be the only thing for me to do to be able to lose weight; I had to change my bad eating habits and do it in a way that I didn’t feel like I was missing out.  This was how I was going to ensure that I lived a healthier lifestyle.

Since I’m naturally a “big boned” girl, I never like to obsess over my weight.  I’m not ever going to be a skinny stick and that’s ok!  I’m more concerned with how I feel, and dang it I feel good!  I’ve even gotten some compliments here and there.  My family and friends are starting to notice the changes in my body and they ask me “have you lost weight?”  and I say “Well yes I have!”  I’m very proud of it and not afraid to show it!  Ok, I know that sounds conceded, but if you knew me at all before all of this, you know that when people ask me if I’ve lost weight, I get really weird and awkward about it because I didn’t believe them.  I just thought it was the outfit I was wearing at the time that flattered my figure, but now I know that it’s all me!  

Did I also mention that I feel good?  I mean it to, I’ve always had a sensitive stomach and I could never pin point exactly what would upset it.  Sometimes its wheat, sometimes its spicy food, sometimes its food that’s really rich, but other times all those foods would be just fine.  Now that I’ve cleaned my body out, it’s not so mad at me anymore.  In fact, I only seem to get an upset tummy on my cheat days, which has led me to not really want to cheat that much and when I do I’m very careful not to over-do it.  That has been one of the best plus sides of this whole thing.  If I didn’t lose another pound, it wouldn’t matter to me as long as I feel good.

I’ve even been able to keep the weight off during some tough times of my journey.  During one of my training sessions I slipped on the Bosu and sprained my ankle.  I was wearing a brace on that ankle because it’s my weak ankle and randomly likes to flare up, so I was only out a couple days. When it happened though, I had no idea how bad it was and I just lay down and cried, absolutely devastated that this was going to put a huge dent on my progress.  I immediately gave my ankle an ice bath after the workout and was able to contain it to minimal swelling.  It still flares up every now and then, but it’s doing much better!  After that, I ended up getting sick for a little over a week, I lost my voice, my tonsils were huge, and I couldn’t do as much for working out.  During those two setbacks I never did gain any weight, inches, or fat and I contribute that to my healthy eating.

After getting through those weeks, I continued to exercise and eat well.  Although I don’t lose a lot of weight at once, just a couple pounds a week, I know that I am making progress.  If I were to drop all the weight like that, I would have a really hard time of keeping it off.  By taking baby steps and changing my lifestyle one step at a time, I’m confident that I’ll be able to keep the weight off and stay healthy for a long time!  If I can make it through getting sick, Father’s Day, my birthday, and Fourth of July, then I can make it through any obstacle that comes my way!

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