For me, I start working out, and I gain weight. Muscle and burn fat! See the dots after the yellow line. At least I'm maintaining. 🤪🤣🤭😊👍
In 2012, I greatly changed my eating, in 18 months, I had lost 101 lbs the healthy way. I made sure I still had three meals, they were great portions is full of the nutrients that I needed. My doctors were very impressed with my numbers in fact one even got out of pen and paper and asked me what I was doing. Lol... no more blood pressure medicine, no more PCOS symptoms, no more IBS symptoms, it was amazing!!
2015, I added fitness for long-term maintenance. I'm glad I did because it opened up a supportive community and the support that I gained increased success of health goals because when you lose that much weight and your family/friends don't lose any, it definitely changes some Dynamics. Lacking support. It just does.
But when I work out, my body tends to gain muscle. I lifted a lot of weight in high school and college oh, it was just something I did four Athletics and a hobby. It was crazy discouraging because I didn't lose any more weight but I definitely got more fit and lost inches.
So 2016, 2017, 2018, my fitness was off and on.
2019 it was more off.... Beginning of 2020, it was totally off.
July 2020... I finally had it and was ready to return. Everyday workouts. Please know a day of my week is an active rest day because the workout is mostly stretching/yoga type.
Which brings me to the point of being very glad to be here.
Don't be discouraged if you're not getting the exact results you want. Of course I would love to lose weight, I'd love to see that number go down, but yesterday when I finished my workout, I was in happy tears because even the trainer said we are very blessed to have the physical capacity to get out of bed and to be physically active.
I don't want to take that for granted as more of my friends are now suffering with fibromyalgia, lupus, and a slew of autoimmune diseases. There have even been friends with cancer and other thyroid issues.
It is a lot of work to stay healthy but it's also a lot of work, time, money, unlocking quality of life to be sick.
So I have to remind myself every single day, it's worth the work to be healthy no matter what it takes. I want to keep improving the quality of my life as I age.
The grocery shopping, the meal prep, the eating at home, the working out, the extra work out laundry Etc. In the end it's not really that much time. I overthink it and make it more than it really is. I'd rather be planning out my workouts and meal then my pills. enough of my rant and it's really mostly a pep talk to myself.
Please know I will come back and re-read this.. lol hugs