Before I start blogging about anything fitness, I thought it would be important to first give you all a little background about my fitness journey.
In high school I wasn’t necessarily “over weight,” but I was a lot heavier than I should have been (keep in mind that I’m only 5’0 feet tall). And what’s even worse, I was completely oblivious to it all. It wasn’t until going through a dramatic weight change and looking through old pictures that I finally realized.
When I first lost weight, and it takes a lot to admit this, it wasn’t in a healthy way. I was dealing with depression that left me bedridden every other day, and I made zero efforts in eating or even gaining an appetite at all. It never exceeded the lack of eating, but it went on long enough that I lost 40 pounds in a few months.
Step By Step
I was well aware of what was happening to me, or what would happen to me if I didn’t get it under control. So once I was able to cope with the depression it was easy to get myself eating again. But in the beginning, I was afraid that I would gain the weight back.
I took notice to where I was at (now a healthier weight, but not a healthy body) and I was determined to keep that weight. But I was also determined to feel better, look better, and be able to give people a positive answer when they asked me how I lost all the weight. I was determined to earn my confidence in myself and my body.
Get To Know Yourself
I’m nowhere near a professional trainer, or lifter, or a health nut etc. But after a few years of trial and error, some help from a few friends, and getting to know my body better, I found out exactly what types of workouts were best for me, that could work with my lifestyle, and would give me the results that I was looking for.
A little less than a year ago I switched gyms with a friend so I could gain some experience with lifting weights and seeing if it was something I could benefit from at the time. But I’ll admit, it wasn’t as enjoyable as I had hoped. Something I know about myself is that cardio is my best friend. I can gain muscle so much easier than I can lose fat. So, the fact that I had to focus all of my workouts on lifting (my friend always pushed me to lift heavier and heavier) I was slowly becoming uncomfortable with the results. In a matter of weeks I had grown twice as much as her and my body wasn’t toning anymore. I had recently made the decision to switch back to my old gym, where I now started getting into my old type of workouts again (I did bring some of the exercises I learned from weights with me, but keeping it light). This is what works best for me and gets me the results that I was looking for, so getting back into this routine was easier than I thought and has already effected my life in such a positive way.
Currently Happy & Healthy
Moral to the story, you have to experiment and know what it is you need. Im not a professional, but my workouts have worked so well for me so why not share them with all of you? Every body type is different an has different needs, obviously, so I accepted that right now I don’t need heavy weights. Working with my body weight and smaller weights is enough to get me the results that I want and still leave me sore through the days following. I only need to accomplish one goal at a time, so when I finally feel like I am where I want to be, then maybe I’ll start picking up those bigger weights again. But in the meantime, I’m sticking to my cardio and lighter weights. And if that isn’t going to be what you’re looking for, then that’s perfectly ok! Everyone is different, and my workouts won’t be for everyone. Just like how heavy lifting (right now) isn’t for me either. But also, I can eat my weight in just about anything. Just thought I’d throw that in there. (;
This is something that is a huge deal to me because it’s brought so much positivity to my life on multiple occasions. I wasn’t in a good place before, but now even talking about it makes me feel like I’m talking about someone who wasn’t even me. I want to share everything positive in hopes that I can bring some positive to others as well. Especially for those who have struggled with their confidence in their body,
So, stay tuned for some fitness workouts. I’m excited to get started. (: