I hope you all had a fabulous August! I can’t believe today is the 1st of September already! With it being the 1st, I thought it was time to update you all on my healthy lifestyle journey. As most of you know, around the last week of May I finally found the motivation I needed to start a new diet and exercise routine.
I started out with a slow pace, and about 20 minutes on the treadmill, 5 days a week. I began using My Fitness Pal religiously and changing what I ate. I added more whole wheat and whole grains to my diet, more veggies, and stopped drinking all diet sodas. I have had a Shakeology shake at least once a day, every day, and have been drinking about half my body weight (in pounds) in water (ounces) a day.
I’m now up to 40 minutes on the treadmill with about a 5% incline, 5 days a week, doing arm weights every other day. My Fitness Pal has me at 1700 calories a day, and I am weighing and measuring everything I eat. I am moving about 250-500 steps every single hour, so I am not sitting stationary for more than an hour.
So far, I have lost 12 pounds. I’ve lost 3 inches around my arms, 2 inches off my bust, 4 inches under my bust, 2 inches off my waist, 4 inches off my hips, and an inch around my thighs. My blood sugars have improved significantly (for those who like numbers, my a1c, which is about a 3 month average of blood sugars, went from 7.9 to 7.1, which is a difference of an average of 180 to 157. American Diabetes Association recommends an a1c of 7, average 154, or less for Type 1 Diabetics. Normal blood sugars for a non diabetic range from 70-110).
I’m feeling great. I have more energy. I’m not craving bad foods nearly as much any more because most foods, outside of what I prepare myself, actually seem to taste very salty. I try to allow myself a cheat day occasionally, but I find that I don’t need them as much.
What I’ve Learned and How I Deal:
Results don’t come fast. I know this, but I’ve really learned this over the past several weeks. My body will tell me what I need. There have been a few days here and there where I’ve had to rest, or eat a little more. My body has been constantly changing and dealing with what I’ve thrown at it. The scale will fluctuate a lot. I’ve been building muscle. Some days I retain water. I weigh different every day and at different times of the day. I’ve had to tell myself not to weigh too often so I don’t let myself get discouraged. I will have days where I don’t want to, or days where I want to break down. I’ve had to give myself a little wiggle room to have a stress break down, but I’ve also had to tell myself that it’s okay to make mistakes or feel like I want to quit as long as I pick myself back up and keep going.
I have a great support system that includes my mom, my husband, and my sister in law. I am constantly searching for motivational phrases on Pinterest (like all the ones I have posted here), and I am always repeating them in my head. Most importantly, I am trying to continuously tell myself that I a beautiful no matter what. Even if I’m not feeling beautiful that day, I tell myself I am.
This healthy journey isn’t to try to lose weight to be skinny, because your weight does not determine your beauty. It’s to lose weight because the more fat your body has, the more insulin you need, and to get my blood sugars to a consistent normal level so I can lower my risk factors for things like heart disease, blindness, stroke, kidney failure, etc. Yes, for me, losing weight will help me feel more beautiful and more confident, because I don’t feel like I fit well in my clothes still, but it will also help me feel more beautiful knowing that I am being as healthy as I can be and not having to worry as much about my health later in life involving my Type 1 Diabetes.
Thanks for sticking with me so far! Are you on a journey of your own? Let’s chat about it!
(All photos found on Pinterest)
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