As I grow older, I understand the adage health is wealth even more. A lot of us are missing the point when it comes to staying fit and think its all about looking good.
See…you can look great but have low self esteem etc. Staying fit is bigger than that. Think about it this way, why work hard now and make so much money to enjoy your twenties and thirties and by forty-five, you start having health issues just because you didn’t pay attention to self care. What is the point of having a job and 401k If you cannot reap the rewards later? You feel me?
On that note, loving yourself enough to stay fit or initiate the process is worth it because it aids wellness, alleviates stress and allows us the opportunity to enjoy life to the fullest.
Here are a few tips on kicking off a fitness journey If you read this post but it almost went out the other ear LOL!
- Drink water only. It will pay off and you can add a lemon for detox and flavor.
- Slowly eat more protein and less carbs.
- To start, get into fun sporty activities i.e hiking, zumba class with your bestie, do swimming races with a bunch of friends etc. and as your body adjusts, you’ll figure out what you really need.
- Sleep as much as you need because activity requires rest & recharge.
- Reduce the number of times you eat out as It forces you to eat fresh food which is truly the better option.
Some examples of celebrities who understood this concept and decided to get fit are Rick Ross, Fat Joe, Jennifer Hudson, Shonda Rhymes and Kelly Osbourne. You can’t tell me they are not happier right now!
Personally, I weighed 325lbs last year but this year, I now weigh 260lbs. If you follow me on Instagram, you will see the slow progression of my weight loss but I have never really talked about it and how I lost the weight slowly so here is a brief history below.
I started off by taking the stairs instead of an elevator, drinking tea instead of soda, trying to eat twice daily since I was used to skipping meals and then binging late at night, following friends to work out and eventually doing cross-fit with my siblings which I quit based on my personality. Too much pressure and I was super shy so I decided to figure it out myself. After all, I’m doing it for me right? What works for one person may not work for another which is normal.
Over time, I hadn’t figured out portion control but I continued cardio and strength training almost daily for 35/40 mins every morning(weekdays only) before I went to work. From doing that, I found that I enjoyed having a routine and it gave me something to look forward to every morning. I slowly ate less and this is how I lost about 65lbs last year. I will keep going and enjoying the journey but as you can see I did not mount myself with unnecessary pressure or overthink it at all. I knew why I wanted to keep fit and slowly got to it.
Currently, I own an elliptical in my bedroom and do my best to stay on track. I hope to do more as time goes by but I am happy and fit even though I’m still thick and juicy. Can you say the same? Yea, naaaaaaaa LOL