I started out really slow because I was insecure and didn't know if I could do it.
I had been on weight loss journeys for most of my life and most of them were more like jo-jo diets. Nothing stuck. I always gained back more than I lost.
Little by little I learned to work out all day long, 10 to 15 mins at a time, all different kinds of exercise. No cardio in the beginning at all. Just walking and strength, stretching and flexibility.
It took quite a while before I was able to walk 1 mile non-stop.
Strength exercises and stretching/flexibility was not so much of a challenge.
For lower body exercises, in the beginning, I barely moved 2 inches when squatting of lunging. And I could only do like 3 or 4 at a time. But by doing it every day I got better.
I also had to really learn not to criticize myself, and doing positive affirmations, it took quite a while for me to actually believe what I would say and repeat over and over.
After the initial weight loss, I stopped focussing on my weight and more on how my limbs would feel and how my clothes would fit. It took a while before I was willing to look at myself in the mirror because before SparkPeople I could never do so without noticing all that I hated in my body.
My yoga pants got looser and I started to wear them lower on my hips instead of at my waist. And when I would flex my muscles, they would feel stronger, harder than before.
Flexing muscles is a form of isometric exercise where the muscle is contracted, or squeezed, for five to 30 seconds, without any adjacent joint movement. A common example of an isometric exercise is flexing the arm by squeezing the biceps muscles.
I weigh only once a month unless I have a doctor's appointment and I want to compare my weight at home (in the buff) with my weight on the doctor's scales, fully clothed.
I started feeling more confident in general. So I started googling motivation and inspirational pictures every day and saving the ones I liked best. And I started using those every day as positive affirmations.
For nutrition, I pretty much eat the same food as before, except that I have to weigh everything. I do not like to use cups or spoons etc except if it is liquid or powder or very small like rice crispies or cheerios. And instead of a plate, I started using styrofoam bowls. 1 bowl per meal. So Potatoes or pasta or rice and vegetables all together in 1 bowl with meat or cheese or fish on top. So very small portions several times a day.
And I also started making smoothies and/or shakes. Not just dairy shakes but also fruit and vegetable shakes to replace a meal.
All these little steps helped, but the main thing for me came when I honestly started to like my body (even though I still have a very long way to go). i can honestly appreciate how far my body has already come, and I am more at peace with myself. So I do not feel the need to stress about my weight anymore.
And I have a great support system here in SparkPeople.
Oh, and I started doing all those SparkPeople challenges (on the start page),, 2 or 3 at a time.
That is about it so far. And the way it is going I can see myself doing this for a very long time to come till I come close to my goal weight, and then try to maintain it there.
I have been big all my life. As a baby, you could roll me. So I have no idea how I will look or feel when I am no longer obese, or fat. But I do know that if I start to feel that losing more weight will make me feel worse in my skin, I will focus on what is best for me, my health, my body, and not on the number on my scale.
Theoretically, I should go down to 135 lbs, but somehow I think that once I get my weight down to 150 lbs, that will be a weight that I can "enjoy". Maybe even 175 lbs. I don't know. I have never got my weight that low in as far as I can remember.
I do know that I want to reach 175 lbs at least, and keep it there or below for multiple years. But I do not feel the need to be skinny. I like a curvy body. I just want to get to a healthy weight, a healthy BMI (body mass index), and strong limbs that carry me through my days for the rest of my life.