At the end of April 2013, I saw a number on the scale that was completely out of my comfort zone. I had never been remotely close to that weight before and was terrified to see those digits in front of me. I’ve never been one to own a scale or regularly weigh in. I’ve never been tiny but never overweight. I lead a pretty active life. From regular walks with the dog to trips to the gym, three half-marathons and a non-sedentary job, I never had much of a reason to be too concerned with my weight.
Of course in the months leading up to our May 2012 wedding, I was being extra careful about the sweets and salty snacks and such but it wasn’t much of a must. Then during our first year of marriage, we had lots and lots of fun. As foodies who love to grub, we enjoyed every moment of trips to our favorite BBQ joint, take-out Tex-Mex, juicy burgers, beer, wine, margaritas… you name it. And nearly a year after our wedding on that random April day when I thought “Hey, I wonder how much I weigh” it all came to a screeching halt. I had gained 20 pounds in our first year of marriage. [Commence tears.]
Needless to say, this was not a happy moment for me. I was disappointed in myself for getting wrapped up in unhealthy habits and not leading the active life I had become so accustomed to. So, right then and there I kicked my butt into gear. I made a pledge to myself and my husband that I was going to lose those 20 pounds and then some. I was going to find a regular workout routine and stick with it. I was going to get rid of every single refined carb in our home. Yes. No more tortillas, bread, cereal, pasta, rice. No more late night peanut butter and jelly sandwiches. No more indulging in ridiculous amounts of chips and salsa as “snacks.” No more lazy pasta dinner. It was time to get serious. And while the hubby encouraged me to kick start my weight loss journey, the best part of all was that he made the commitment too. He was in 110% and that made me even more motivated. We were in this together. Bring on the proteins, fresh fruits and vegetables. Goodbye crazy, scary, sad number I saw on the scale.
I started going to the gym 3-4 times a week and incorporated high-intensity zumba into my routine. I ate a healthy breakfast with yogurt and fresh berries. I ate salads… lots of salads. I drank less wine (sigh). I gave myself one cheat meal a week. I didn’t deviate from the routine unless we were on vacation or celebrating something special.
And then just like that, I saw the pounds start to fly off.
While the weight loss has now hit a slow and steady pace, I’m thrilled to say that five and a half months later, I have lost a total of 27 pounds. I’ve surpassed my goal of getting back to my wedding weight and the weight loss has continued. I feel strong, motivated, committed, inspired, fit, happy and healthy. To me, it’s become more of a lifestyle change than a weight loss journey.
People always say it’s all about mind over matter. And believe it or not, they are right. Even in your darkest day, you have to be your biggest cheerleader.