I’m a little behind for this month but I still wanted to post it! 🙂
Whenever a new year comes around, I always reflect on things I can change and make better. If there’s one thing in this world that I wish I could change, it would be my weight. And not only would I change my weight, I would change how easily I seem to gain it!
Unfortunately, I am one of those women who has struggled with her weight since I can remember. I’ve never had the pleasure of being the woman who could say, “Oh when I was in high school I never gained weight, but now everything has changed!”.
Nope. Not my life. Not even close.
I was……”chunky” (if you will) the majority of high school. The first time (yes, I said the first time) I lost weight and got to my goal, it was right before college. I have to say upfront that I did not do it the right way. I did not work out and restricted my calories heavily, basically I had an eating disorder. Trust me, I am not saying that in a light hearted way. I understand fully the seriousness of eating disorders, and I can look back in hindsight and tell you that I was very much exhibiting the behavior of someone with an eating disorder.
I fasted 2, sometimes 3 days a week, and on the days I did eat, I heavily restricted the calories. Needless to say, I lost the weight (of course) but within a years time I had gained it all back and then some. Because I only restricted to loose weight.
The Second time I lost weight….I called myself doing it the “healthy way”. So I added a few workouts in…but I still heavily restricted and fasted occasionally. I didn’t fast as hardcore, but I still threw them into my regime every once and awhile to “insure” that when I got on the scale for the week I would see a loss. So for the second time, I reached the goal…. and within two years time, I had gained it all back and then some.
I found myself in a cycle of dieting, overeating, working out and restricting. It was awful.
Fast forward to January 2015, and I was the heaviest I had ever been. Ever. I vowed then that I would make a change, but a real change to lose the weight for good. So I did a ton of research on various diets, and decided to go with the high protein, low carb route. I added in working out, vowed to never fast again and…success! I was losing weight and was rocking it, whoohoo!
But then I started to really care about my health, because while I was losing weight on the high protein, low carb diet I wasn’t happy. The food was always the same, and I had to avoid things I really loved like rice, pasta, bread, and even fruits and some vegetables (because of the carbs and/or sugar). My workouts also suffered because I was tired (no energy), so I decided to look for something else.
Then I found the book Women, Food and Desire and started reading it. I plan to write a book review on it because it did help me to realize some things about the way I eat. After that I read Eat to live and that helped me to make the decision to go vegan.
So November of 2015 last year is when I committed to the vegan lifestyle for real. Of course since then I’ve had some missteps, but I am fully committed and believe that this “diet” is the best for me. I have loved it so far, and I hope to show that on this lifestyle I can loose the weight, get to my goal and STAY there!
I want 2016 to be my year for weight loss…I want to put this weight issue to bed once and for all. And I’d like to chronicle it here on livlovely.com! So I am introducing my weight loss series called Skinny Vegan Liv (that’s me)! I hope to write every month about my progress and how much weight I’ve lost, my set backs potentially and whatever else happens!
Diet + Workout
So back in November my plan was to follow the Eat to Live set up, where the majority of your calories come from fruits and veggies and then you have a moderate amount of grains and beans. I had a goal to workout four times a week and I did that.
In January, I kept up this plan but I did go rogue on the eating a bit. I had a little more carbs then I would prefer on some days and some weeks I only made it to the gym two times or less. Towards the end of this month I adopted an “every other day” schedule to my workouts and that has been working out really well so far. My eating needs some improvement because…I feel i’m getting a little to relaxed with it (too much vegan junk food for my taste)!
So here are my results so far for January 2016:
Weight Loss: 8.8lbs
Ah!! I am so happy with this! Great way to start of the new year for sure. Another super annoying thing about me is that it seems I can put on weight super fast, but losing it takes a million years. An 8 lb lost is BEYOND amazing for me, and while i’m sure most if it is water and all of that, i’m still thankful for the loss.
I’m looking forward to February, my goal is a very modest 1 pound a week so the goal for next month is 4lbs! I’m going to work on my eating and sticking to my every other day workout plan. I’ll be back next month to let you know how it goes!
Are you trying to lose weight?!? I would LOVE to connect with you on your journey, how has it been going for you? Let me know in the comments below!
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