Let’s get real: I need to lose some weight

So I woke up yesterday and decided to weigh myself for the first time in about two months. 

The number on the scale shocked me, but it wasn’t surprising. I weighed in at my highest weight ever. With me only being 5’1” and having a petite frame, it’s clear I need to lose weight not just for vanity’s sake, but for my health. 

I’ll be honest, it was obvious I had gained weight over the past six months or so, but I was still in denial that I wasn’t that heavy, just thicc. I basically stopped exercising except for the odd walk here or there or one week bout where I would get all excited about my fitness only to abandon my workouts because of well, life, and just plain being lazy. Not to mention I have been eating a lot more lately. And with the pandemic, working from home and lock downs, who hasn’t been doing some comfort eating, amirite?

And while I love how much bigger my butt has gotten, I don’t like the fact that my bras and shorts don’t fit anymore, even some of my leggings and pajamas are too tight and I’m tired of getting winded just walking up and down the stairs in my house. 

I calculated my BMI (body mass index) on a BMI calculator and it came to 30. According to the site I used, I am not technically obese but I am overweight and my weight “is no longer optimal for my health”. I’ve always struggled with my weight, ever since I was a kid and I have body issues because of it. I’ve yo-yo’d between being skinny and also a bit chubby over the years, but I’ve never been as heavy as I am now. Maybe it was all those years of restricting myself, or maybe it’s because I’m in my thirties now but it’s harder to keep the pounds off.

But I know I can lose weight if I put my mind to it. I was very active about three years ago and lost about 25 pounds through lots of workouts and a pretty clean vegan diet. I’m still a vegan but my diet is not what I would call clean most days—let’s face it, I didn’t get this size eating tofu and steamed broccoli. (I’m looking at you Daiya cheesecake). I love Chinese and Filipino takeout, and I’ve also been known to polish off a pint of vegan ice cream in one sitting or a pack of chocolate biscuits in one go. 

I want to have a child soon so I know I need to lose some weight beforehand to have a safer pregnancy and I also want more energy and not to feel as tired whenever I bring a little one into this world. 

So I’ve decided that I will try to eat more unprocessed whole plant foods, for my health, vitality and waistline. My stomach has always been a problem area of mine and I would love to have a flat tummy at the end of this process. My goal is to lose thirty pounds by the end of December, work out 5-6 times per week, and eat as many whole foods as possible. 

Here’s a look at what I ate yesterday.

Breakfast: I had oatmeal with peanut butter, a bit of sugar and ground flax seeds. Halfway through eating this I realized I hate oatmeal but I still gagged most of it down. It was too thick and even with a tbsp of sugar, it had no taste. Also the PB didn’t melt so I kept getting big chunks of it on my spoon.  

After breakfast I did a workout. I’m on week two of Jillian Michael’s Body Revolution program which I’ll review soon. It’s a circuit training style workout with a mix of weights, body resistance moves and cardio. Each workout is about 30 minutes. I think I burned around 241 calories but my FitBit stopped working and I’m just guessing from what I plugged into MyFitnessPal.

Smoothie in a wine glass? Why thank you!

Lunch: Green protein smoothie. I made a smoothie with two frozen bananas, about a cup of organic kale, one tbsp of hemp protein powder, half a cup of oat milk, a bit of water and a handful of ice. I served it in a wine glass, because why not?

Snack: I was feeling peckish after my smoothie so I had a few crackers, a slice of Follow Your Heart pepper jack cheese and a few olives.

Dinner: I had a Beyond Burger sauteed in a bit of olive oil, quinoa cooked in vegetable broth and spices and a hefty side of greens. I ate way more greens with dinner than I normally would. Usually I would have a bit more quinoa or rice and less veggies. My goal now is to have more greens than carbs on my plate.

Tracking all my food yesterday taught me a lot. Even though I went over my calorie budget, it was nowhere near as much as I normally would eat. For instance, I would usually have some vegan cookies or ice cream at the end of the day or dinner would be two servings of pasta.

I plan on posting about my meals as well as my fitness journey in hopes that it will keep me accountable and possibly inspire others to get healthy as well. Are any of you on a fitness journey? If so, how is it going? 

Let me know in the comments, xoxo