How I Hit My First Weight Loss Milestone Without the Sight of A Scale
Recently, I posted a video on my Facebook page explaining how I was able to accomplish my first health and wellness milestone, which was get under 200 pounds and I did that by not allowing the scale to take over my journey.
Some of you may know my story, but for those who don’t I’ll be happy to share with you real quick.
After graduating from college and moving to Seattle, WA I became depressed. During my state of depression, I ended up gaining between 20 – 30 pounds. As a result of me realizing that my body had changed due to depression and consuming sweets, I forced myself to go to the gym every morning at 6AM. Although, I was getting a lot of physical activity and slowly beginning to start feeling better about my body – that honestly wasn’t enough. I started planning my dream wedding in my most depressive state, but I still couldn’t find happiness within myself. So the weight stayed on and I could not drop not a single pound.
A year later, I was married, happy and moved to California. It felt like I had a fresh start, so I took this opportunity and I said to myself no matter what happens in my work or personal life, I will not let it control the outcome of my health.
I started making these changes by incorporating these 5 steps to get to where I am today:
- Start Slow – Instead of hitting the gym 6 times a week, I decided to join a boxing class. My goal was to make it at least 3 times a week.
- Create Reasonable Goals – Since sweets are my weakness, I told myself to only treat myself to a sweet on Wednesdays and Fridays. That way, I had something to look forward to throughout the days of the week as I consumed healthier foods, such as fruits and veggies.
- Reflect – I had to look at my schedule and be honest with myself. I know that I’m a morning person, so it would be best for me to make it to boxing in the morning instead of the evenings because I will never go.
- Incentives – Instead of rewarding myself with food when dropping inches, I would reward myself with a massage or new clothes.
- Accountability – My accountability partner is my husband and a few of my co-workers. I chose to share my goals with somebody because I knew they would also help me stay on track.
Often times, if we don’t see results right away, we just give up. It took me over a year to get to where I am today and I still have a long way to go. But that’s why we are doing this journey together and each day I’m reminded that I’m not alone.
So the next time you feel like giving up, just think about these 5 steps and that’s all you need to start.