The biggest thing that has helped me on my weight loss journey is following and learning from other people’s weight loss journeys. Instagram, Pinterest and other blogs have been a huge help as I’ve tried to navigate through the complicated weight loss waters.
Everyone’s experience is different, and no one thing will work perfectly for everyone. But my aim with this blog is to simply share my experience so others can learn from it and hopefully it will help them on their journey.
How It All Started
I have been overweight for the majority of my life. It didn’t happen all at once. Instead, consistent bad habits, a lack of activity and a bit of genetics led me to gain weight year after year.
I was not unhappy in middle school or high school, although my weight was always there, like a bad cold I just couldn’t seem to shake. While my friends could easily eat cookies and chips and pizza and not put on one pound, my body could not keep up.
By high school, I became aware that my weight was a problem, but I didn’t try to do anything about it until college.
That first year, I successfully avoided the freshman 15, thanks to the hills I had to walk up every day on campus. But by my junior year, the unhealthy dorm food and the endless parties took their toll.
By then, I was living off-campus, on my own for the first time and cooking my own meals. This turned out to be a turning point for me. I was now in complete control of what was going into my body. I started packing lunches to eat in between classes and buying more produce than snack food. I even found the gym on campus and went walking on the treadmill a few days a week.
I lost 15 pounds, bought a new pair of jeans in a smaller size and it was the best feeling. Unfortunately, it didn’t last. I couldn’t remain consistent with my new lifestyle, especially in the college environment. I was still doing better than I had before, but it wasn’t enough.
Finding My Way
Throughout my early 20s, I generally maintained my weight. And although I tried to make healthier choices and found a new love for zumba, I wasn’t making a purposeful effort to lose the weight.
In July 2015, I got engaged. I had just moved from my hometown of Buffalo, NY to Washington, DC, and the combination of an impending wedding and a new environment was the perfect impetus to kick my butt in gear.
I started tracking everything I ate, joined a gym and actually went consistently. I read everything I could about nutrition, fitness and how to lose weight. I started following other people trying to lose weight on Instagram. I used Pinterest to find new, healthy recipes.
Somehow, something just clicked. This time, I didn’t just lose 15 pounds, only to gain it all back. Over the course of a year, I lost over 30 pounds.
Where to Go From Here
In the last six months, I haven’t been putting in the same effort I once did. I’ve even gained back a few of the pounds that I had lost. This is a marathon, not a race, so I’m not letting it get me down. But I do know I need to get back on track and start heading in the other direction.
I have a goal to lose about 35 more pounds, and I know 2017 is the year I will do it. But now my wedding is over and I’ve lived in this city for a year and a half. There’s no special event or situation to motivate me.
Instead, I have this blog. I am not a weight loss expert. I am not a dietician or nutritionist, trainer or doctor. I am just a girl who has struggled with her weight for her whole life. I hope that by sharing my experience, my advice and even my struggles, I can help you on your journey. And in turn, we can help each other.
Have you been struggling with losing weight? Have you tried to lose weight before? Share your experience with me! I’d love to hear about it!