Andrea: "Hey lady...question since we're on the same path of weight loss...one what made you start to lose? What do you eat now in your journey? I know you hit the gym daily right? Girl, when do you have time to workout? Lol. You look great. I need to post a new pic of me.
Oh yeah, are you just trying to get to a new size or just lose and see what happens?"
I want to start off by saying I care about my weight, but I don't care. The scale does not move for me and it is clearly the devil. I've lost 25 since January. That's 28 weeks, so I'm losing less than the suggested 1-2 pounds a week. With that said, I don't care what the scale says. This journey is for health. It's for my foot. I want to wear the cute clothes and not frumpy fat people outfits. When I look in the mirror with my lover, I want to feel nasty, not look nasty. Yes, I went there, my blog. I've looked at photos that people have taken of me and seeing myself looking like Miss Piggy is not how I want to appear. Miss Piggy is pretty, but no. Even my mother is smaller than I am. So, to sum up my reason for starting this path is my foot and my image. I want to be able to strut my stuff and look marvelous!!!
What am I eating? Everything that I wasn't eating before. I used to be a fast food junkie. You could bleed me for sweet tea, butter, and syrup. Every meal was fat upon carb upon fat. In the morning I would eat a chicken biscuit, fries, and sweet tea. Lunch and dinner was fast food combo. Now, I’m making smoothies, eating salads, and picking better food choices. I still eat out, but I go to places that have a wait staff and more than fries and combos. Eating at cafes and sit-down restaurants make me slow down and take my time eating. I am able to get a better variety of food. Most places that I dine do not include the drink in the meal and frankly, I’m not spending $2 on a drink that’s not good for me in the first place. I get water! Also, being a frugal person, I thoroughly take advantage of drinking water at work. I have recently started the drink every time you use the restroom challenge. My personal promise to myself is to drink water before having coffee in the same amount.
I know you hit the gym daily, right? No! Mentally, physically, and emotionally I have not been able to workout every day. That’s too much like work and for me that is a total turn off. I have to hurry up and lose weight by September 16th. That means that I have to immediately change everything I’m doing. Cold turkey? I’m good. I don’t even want to have sex every day and I really like that. I try my best to keep on task with it, but sometimes I’m ripping and running or working long hours and I don’t go. I currently work all three shifts and it changes each week, Monday-Friday. Sometimes I have to work twelve hours and on those day, I might go but most likely not.
When do I have time to workout?
I really haven’t had a time that there wasn’t time to workout. I’m single with no children; I have no set schedule once I’m off of work. Lately, I don’t even turn on the computer once I do get home unless it’s for my business. I don’t watch TV. Therefore during the week, minus work and sleeping, I have six hours of free time. I go whenever. Since I’m on a different shift each week, I go either right after work or at least two hours before work. First shift is a little easier for me to go whenever after work. I tend to go with my homegirl. Saturday and Sundays are totally free unless I’m with my parents. Those two days I really push myself to go because that will give me a rest day during the week if I have a goal to go so many days during the week.
You look great…and I thank you so much!!! Thank you! Here is the pic that I posted. I didn’t think anyone would be paying attention so I didn’t lighten the right side photo until now. I wish I would have been looking up. I took this pic before going out to send to a friend to make sure I looked ok.
Oh yeah are you just trying to get to a new size, or just lose and see what happens? Earlier I stated that I want to look good in my clothes. My health other than BMI and my foot are just fine. Believe it or not, I'm still in the same clothes that I was in when I started. Twenty-pounds should have been two dress sizes. Was it just that my clothes were that tight? I do have a pair of skinny jeans that are way too baggy and that’s it. The difference is I'm not struggling to get into them. I look better in my clothes. I don’t have to put my jeans on low heat or air dry them. I don’t have the muffin top. I'm a size 18. I have zipped and buttoned size 16 clothes, but I look like I'm about to pop. So until I can truly wear a 16 I’m not buying that. I have plenty of 16s in my closet because that is the size I was wearing after college. I want to fit those clothes. I don’t know smaller than that. So, I guess I will have to wait and see what happens.
Thank you so much asking and for your patience while I collected the answers.