Seven years ago, I set out on one of the best adventures of my life. I finally committed to shedding excess weight and getting into the best health of my life after being plus-sized my entire life. Over the course of a year, I lost 150 pounds. Here are some of the ways that I struck solid gold with my weight-loss journey (and how you can, too):
1. I started out by examining what I was eating on a daily basis.
I’m frequently asked, “How did you get started?” I started out by examining what I was eating on a daily basis. When I recognized that I was making poor food decisions, I set out to change that. I also started taking walks around my neighborhood with my dog more frequently. My short walks eventually transitioned into getting a gym membership when I realized the walking alone wasn’t motivating enough for me.
2. I stepped out of my comfort zone.
Getting a gym membership was one of the scariest moments for me. I was mortified at the thought of being the only 300-pound woman in a gym surrounded by relatively fit people. I didn’t want to be judged. After I got the gym membership, I quickly realized that no one gave me dirty looks or said anything cruel to me. It was all a worst-case scenario in my head.
3. I realized that exercise is not a punishment.
So many people go into a fitness routine as a way of punishing themselves for being overweight or for eating too much junk food. Because I like to feel good, I focus on physical activities that I enjoy.
I spend most of my workouts on long runs (because that’s what I’ve grown to love). I also lift weights, bicycle, go hiking, swim and take fitness classes. But the majority of my exercise comes from something that is sustainable (and pleasurable) for me. Physical activity is a reward.
Did you lose a large amount of weight and experience some life lessons of your own? Please share your experience in the comments section on Facebook! For those that can’t quite believe this remarkable transformation, here’s a video documenting Naomi’s incredible journey:
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