One of the things about weight loss is being able to eat properly which can be very challenging. However, I love being home because I have a range of Jamaican food and ground provision to choose from. Vegetable stirfry with boiled pumpkin and potato.
It has been six months since I've been to the gym. I could give all the reasons and excuses but the fact is that I fell down on my commitment to myself and my health. I'm happy to say that during this break I only gained 6lbs (still too much) and I'm now back at the gym!
First day back (last week Thursday) 24 minutes and 1.24 miles on the treadmill.
During the Easter holiday, Jamaicans typically eat lots of bun and cheese and fish (Sprat). Growing up my dad would ensure that we had at least 3 boxes of Easter bun, at least two 2.2lb cans of Tastee cheese, and 2lbs or more of Sprat. But what do you do when you're losing weight and shouldn't eat all that Easter goodness? Limit how much Easter goodness you fill up on, and limit what you have in the house.
So I bought only one bun, a piece of cheese, 1/2 lb of Sprat, and two bigger fish. I cut my slices of bun and my slices of cheese really thin and had it only once daily. I also only had one Sprat with escovitch dressing per day. Also to make sure I didn't overeat, I made sure to only have one bag of hardo rolls rather than one bag of hardo bread.
How did you manage your Easter holiday eating?
On March 8th my doctor gave me news that kicked my weight loss attempts into overdrive.
When I started at the gym on March 9th I weighed 215.4 lbs one month later I achieved my initial goal of losing at least 8lbs! Yay!
On April 6th I weighed 207.4 lbs! #SmallVictories #LosingWeight#CelebratingWeightLoss
Remember small victories? Finally made it to 20 mins on the stationary bike with no pauses.
By alternating between standing and sitting for a minute max, I was able to reduce the squeeze time on my butt!
20 mins may seem like nothing but when you're plus size & trying to make all these equipments friendly for you every minute counts. #SmallVictories#Celebration 😀
Thanks to the amazing ladies at La Belle Femme Lingerie Jamaica located at 53 Lady Musgrave Road, Kingston, Jamaica I will now be able to do jumping jacks while wearing my Panache Lingerie Sports Bra without worrying about my boobs knocking me out!
On a serious note, not having the right fitting bra is very uncomfortable and can make exercising a pain in the rear and even make you not do certain exercises. But with a proper bra you feel confident to try new things. For me that will be jumping jacks and running/jogging.
A friend said that I should make sure I do more than just cardio on the treadmill and suggested that I consider using the stationary bike. My response was that it would squeeze my butt and make my workout difficult to complete. He then suggested standing to which I replied, 'working up to it'.
I took up the challenge in my last two workout days. The first time I did 2 sets of 10 minutes with lots of stops. Today I did 2 sets of 10 minutes with 30 second breaks every 5 minutes and a 1 Minute break at the 10 minute mark.
My progress on day two was my determination to stand for the entire workout. Lesson: It is never impossible, though it may time some time to work up to it.
I had given up on heading to the gym yesterday (Monday), so when a family member came by last night and offered me a drive to the gym I had two choices. Option 1, stay home. I'd already decided not to go to the gym. Option 2, go to the gym since the opportunity presented itself.
I don't like going to the gym when it is crowded, but I chose to go. I decided to capitalize on the opportunity rather than make an excuse. I'm happy I did because now I have a gym partner.