Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Weight loss... Let's discuss. (ugh!)

I'm very uncomfortable with this topic. I've struggled with my weight my entire life. More than the weight, I've struggled with body image and self esteem issues my entire life.
Over the past few months I've lost a decent amount of weight. I've done it quietly.
Privately. Not mentioning it to anyone other than a few close friends. But enough people have begun asking me about it that I feel like I should talk about it openly now.
And with it being the first of a new year, maybe it can help some of you.

As of today, 28 pounds are gone from my body. Hopefully forever.
I don't belong to a gym. Don't take any special pills or shakes. Don't have a trainer. Don't have fancy workout clothes or shoes.

Just grit and determination. That's it.
Running 3 companies, I'm extremely busy. But I knew I had to squeeze in exercise too. I allotted myself 20 minutes a day. That's all. Seriously.

In July I just started getting up in the morning and going on a brisk walk for 20 minutes before I started my work day. Before I knew it 5 pounds were gone. Then 7. Then 8.
Then I was stuck at 8 pounds lost for a few weeks and it frustrated me. I decided to throw in jogging. (Wogging, I call it... walk/jogging.) I am NOT a jogger or runner. 30 seconds in, I thought I was gonna die.
I came home and texted my sister "I just ran. Like, with nobody even chasing me. I RAN!!" Ha!
I continued with that and the pounds kept coming off.

- I don't count calories, but am aware of what I put in my mouth. I am a food lover and refuse to live my life on carrot sticks. I still have everything I want... but now it's usually one slice of pizza instead of 3. If I want a donut, I have a donut... but I know I have to watch my intake somewhere else in my day. If I want Chinese food, I have it... but then eat a bit lighter the next day.

- My personal challenge each day is to see how intense I can get my workout in the shortest period of time. I have to admit that I did increase my time to 25 minutes when 20 wasn't doing enough for me anymore. And as of this week, I'm up to 30 minutes. It's a sacrifice in my day to commit that much time to exercise but it's worth it. I can take shorter showers or something. Ha! (If I get creative I can probably increase the intensity and lower that time back down too.)

- When wogging wasn't quite enough, I grabbed some 3 pound weights and at the end of my wog, I started doing squats and punches with them. Then that got too easy and I increased to 5 lb. dumbbells in each hand. I'm up to 8 lb. dumbbells now. Squats with 16 lbs of extra weight are killer.

- I added in kickboxing. I added in hula hooping. (without an actual hoop - just the motion is great for abs and thighs.)

- I added push ups. And crunches. I don't just want to burn calories with cardio. I want muscles.

- I increased my regular squats to double squats. (down in a deep squat, half way back up, down again, then all the way up. That's 1. "down, up, down, One .... down, up, down, Two." Oh my heck. They hurt.)

- I try to get enough protein because I really dislike being hungry. Smoked almonds are wonderful. And I swear by Dannon Light & Fit Greek yogurt. (12 grams of protein for 80 calories.)

- I lay out my workout clothes every single night before bed. If I have to get up in the morning and hunt for a sports bra or tennis shoes, I won't do it. I throw on my workout clothes first thing and get in the workout before my brain is fully awake and can talk me out of it.

- I usually grab a few bites of yogurt before my workout to take away the hunger pangs in the morning, but not fill me up. Then I eat the rest when I'm done.

- I'm a total girl... "what about my hair?!" While I DO shower every day after my workout, I don't wash my hair every day. Dry shampoo is my friend.

- I've worked out through pneumonia (maybe not my smartest move), a knee injury, a hip injury, sore muscles, asthma, and lots of sleepy mornings. I just know it has to be done, no excuses.

- On the days my body is just begging for a break, I do a light yoga workout instead.

- I've hit a couple of plateaus. They stink. It's counter intuitive but in those times, I dropped my workout entirely for 2 days and increased my calorie intake. (ack!!! That's so scary to do!) But it really does shake up the metabolism again.

- I've kept it quiet just because... I don't know. I'm uncomfortable with attention. I don't want or need compliments. It's all just... awkward. It's uncomfortable that I let myself get so big, and not a fun reminder to see it in pictures. I'm cringing at the ones below.

- I don't have a specific goal. I know I'm not where I want to be yet. I don't know where that is. But I'll know it when I get there.



Do you have specific questions? I'll try to answer them.
Happy New Year!


Melody said...

You look amazing! And I love the way you're changing your life! Simply by cutting back and adding a little exercise! I love that you don't deprive yourself and worry about everything you put in your mouth. Keep up the great work. You inspire me! I need to take off about 20 pounds. Monday I start! You rock! :)

Wendy said...

I thought you were looking svelte! Lookin' fabulous, hot stuff! So, are you sure your secret isn't magic yoga pants?

Jennifer said...

You were beautiful before and you're beautiful now. Maybe happier, healthier and more energetic, but equally beautiful inside and out. Congrats!

LauraH said...

Thanks for sharing and being so open! Your story is so encouraging to me. What an accomplishment!

Sue said...

You look wonderful!! I'm so proud of you and your accomplishment! Keep up the good work! I have lost 16 this year.....4 the year before. Trying for 10 more this year at least!

Kristi said...

Wow! You look amazing!!!
After seeing a pic my mom took of me and my kids at christmas, I got completely depressed. Sure I didn't feel comfortable in my bikini this past summer, but I wore it anyways...then after thanksgiving sale someone asked me not once but twice if I was prego, seriously? I thought, then the picture showed me why!!!
I looked a good 6 Mos preg.
My back hurts and I don't do much because of the pain, but my eating habits have been disastrous at best...I'm trying the no sodas, no candy, no cake kinda deal...and replacing it with good food that actually take effort.
I can use everyone's prayers that I can keep it up...I have always been very slim so this is all new to me. Thanks for always being real!!!!

Unknown said...

I so needed this today. Thank you, thank you!!!!

The Sieberts said...

hot stuff! way to go!

Randi S said...

Great job! I know how hard what you're doing is! From 2010-2011 I lost 50 pounds without calorie counting or a trainer. Just like you said 'grit and determination'. I'm pregnant again so I'll have to do it all over again next year...waaa....but I know it can be done!


Laura @ duke manor farm said...

good for you and getting healthier! best of luck as you continue your journey and Happy New Year!

Janet K said...

Way to GO!! Thank you for sharing this today. I needed to hear this today. This inspires me & also confirms that it is possible to lose weight without "special" just gotta do it.

Amanda said...

You look fabulous! Congrats on the weight loss - I'm hoping to follow in your footsteps in the months to come. :)

Anonymous said...

Very encouraging! We/I tend to think it is so hard, takes too much time, ect...but, you showed with just a few changes and being consistent we can do it. We/I can make the changes. Thank you

Anonymous said...

Thank you for sharing the lifestyle changes you are making....I like how you started with small steps--they sure make a big difference. What a terrific role model for your kids!! Bravo! Happy New Year!

Unknown said...

WOW!! Way to go. Thanks for sharing and being courageous!

Kim @ Savvy Southern Style said...

Congrats, you look great!!

Melanie @ Whimsical Creations said...

Way to go! Thank you for the inspiration. I am right there with you and need to get my butt in gear!

Dawn said...

You look beautiful! I ,too, started my weight loss/exercise journey in July. I'm down 30 lbs right now (and still have a way to go). Sounds like you are doing all the right things. Thanks for the inspiration!

Lindy said...

Job well done! Thanks for being an inspiration.

Suze said...

You look amazing!! Good for you!!!

Suzanne said...

Way to go Beki!! That is awesome!! So proud of you!

Anonymous said...

Congratulations! I love that you are doing this fad diet free. It gives those of us who can not afford those things some keep it simple! Thank you for sharing. You look fantastic!

Ingrid Olson said...

Came back to re-read this for inspiration. Those fitness bloggers sometimes, ok often times, intimidate me with their tiny waists & crazy workouts. You are real & I need to lose 25 lbs. these past 2 years the weight has slowly come on & I hate it. Thanks for being an inspiration.