It’s been awhile since I have dedicated a post to an update on my weight loss. In fact, it’s been over six months since my One Year as a Vegan post.
How have I been doing since? Well, let’s talk about some things.
In the Summer of 2016, I had so much fun going to yoga classes, training for 2 5Ks, playing Pokemon Go (hey, lots of walking!), and eating pretty well. I was allowing myself to have junk food more often, but this honestly did not have any negative effects on my weight.
Then, school started. I was suddenly not going to yoga classes anymore. No 5Ks to train for (and not much time for the gym), and it was way too cold for Pokemon. On top of that, the stress of school caused me to crave junk food when I got home. I also had less cooking time, which lead to more fast food trips and cheap junk food to much on. Think Taco Bell, Papa John’s, BBQ chips, chips and salsa, Trader Joe’s dairy-free ice cream…Yeah, I was guilty of that all the way. I was honestly just in such an academic mindset that all self-care went out the window, but it was only going to get worse.
With the death of my grandpa in the end of September and the very sudden death of my grandma in November, I had a lot of grief. I felt so sad and confused and was honestly not very interested in my own health. I was too busy focusing on how much I missed my grandparents. Add this with moving in the beginning of November, plus LOTS of assignments due, needless to say, I just had way too much on my plate. Both emotionally and mentally.
Then, the holidays came. We all know what that means: Winter break, sleeping in, being lazy in cozy pants, not spending much time outside, not worrying about the gym, eating cookies and candy all day every day, eating out, eating indulgent meals in….. You get the point. I just did not care about my health, and I paid for it.
Then the New Year came! I went back on track with my health and fitness…went back to yoga classes and everything. I lost 7 pounds in two weeks! Then, you know, the stress of school came back and I ended up going back to my old habits…gained those pounds back when with a semi-consistent workout routine.
So now this leads me to the present. How much weight did I put on……? 19 Pounds. Yup. 54-19=35 pounds of total loss since being vegan….i’ve went back pretty far. It’s pretty heartbreaking to be honest. I wish I could have been able to tell myself that I would get so off track, but I can’t do that. I just have to look forward.
During my setback, I learned a lot, including:
1. Nobody is Perfect
Seriously, who has made a mistake or went off track? Everyone. This setback may not be the first that I have, either.
2. Self-care is Important
In school, it is so easy to get overwhelmed and stop taking care of yourself. Unfortunately, doing this only hurts your school performance. I am realizing that taking the time to make a healthy meal or exercising is a good use of my time and will help me with school a lot more than just depending on time for homework. I can get more done in a quicker amount of time when my brain is working well. Diet and exercise help with that greatly.
3. Health is a Lifelong Commitment
So I got off track for a few months. Oh well. I have my whole life to be my healthiest, it is ok if I have a setback or five. It is much more realistic than constantly striving for lifelong perfection. I will get myself out of this hole and I will get myself out of future holes. I can always be healthier and fitter, and there is no need to worry or rush anything. Everything will be ok.
Since I am feeling better about my setback, I am now looking forward. What can I do to lose the 19 pounds and then some? How can I be consistent? How will I redevelop habits?
Well, let’s talk about that:
I’m learning to love healthy food again.
I’ve been eating better on average, and am feeling amazing again! I have more energy and feel better after meals. Honestly, I forgot how amazing healthy food makes me feel. I am cooking more and trying to eat as many whole plant foods as possible. I’m still not quite where I want to be with it yet, but I am definitely trying.
I’m learning to love exercise again.
This is still a big work in progress, but I am working out more than I used to. I would like to get back to where I was (6 cardio a week, 2-3 strength training, daily yoga), but this will take some time. I am practicing yoga about 4 days per week now and exercising maybe 3-4. Again, I need to work up to where I used to be so that I do not burnout.
I’m learning to remember my worth again.
I’ve decided to love my body and treat it with respect. When I do that, I treat it better. I treat myself better. This is the main takeaway of my experience. I do better when I treat myself better.
So now, what am I going to do now?
I am going to just get back to work. My goal is to lose the 19 pounds (I’ve already lost 2, so technically I only have 17 extra lbs to lose!), and then some. Get back to the big goal of getting to a healthy weight and living an active and healthy lifestyle. I still have the big picture in mind despite the setbacks because that will inspire me to continue improving myself.
I will also focus on sharing healthier recipes on the blog. Ones that I would eat as I am trying to lose weight. That will help because well, it’s not necessarily healthy to test cookie cake, no matter how delicious. Does this mean that I will no longer eat anything unhealthy or share indulgent recipes? Absolutely not! Life is all about balance, and my problem was that the imbalance was on the bad side, not the good. I will still eat and share less healthy meals in moderation.
I will also be better about tracking my monthly progress, maybe I will share that with you more often. My vegan and weight loss story is in need of an update. I will get back to prioritizing my progress and my health. Accountability might not hurt, either. In fact, I will share my most recent photos on my vegan and weight loss story as a way to restart things.
If you are in the same boat, know that all is not over! Your story is unfinished, and one day, you will look at this time and be proud of how you got back on track, but that can only happen if you do just that!
Here’s to refocusing, prioritizing, and being the healthiest person I can possible be again.
I can’t wait to see where this takes me!
As always, thank you for stopping by and Namaste