This will be fairly brief. I’m not really sure which direction this post would go so I might just end up rambling. Bear with me.
I am overweight. I weigh 159 lbs (about 72kg) as at Sunday. That may not be considered overweight for most but for me and for my history, it is. This is the heaviest I have ever been and it makes me extremely uncomfortable in many ways. I’ve always been the girl who prides herself in leading a healthy lifestyle so this weight gain has a weird effect on me.
I am 5’4″ tall. According to a lot of the weight charts available online, I have exceeded the normal weight range for my height and age. In fact, my current weight is the maximum weight in the weight range for a 5’7″ woman according to the chart on weight watchers. Moreover, my BMI is way over 25 which is scary!
Franky speaking, I’m not exactly sure how I got to this point. I mean, I know how I got here, but you know what I mean? Haha.
I had a surgery about 7 weeks ago. Everything pretty much went down the drain from there. Prior to the surgery, I was in a reasonably good place; I was living healthy, eating well and working out consistently. After surgery, I was limited to lifting no more than 15 lbs, no bending, and just staying off anything that has the potential to raise my blood pressure. Definitely, working out was out of the equation for me.
Also after the anesthesia and meds wore off hours after the surgery, my appetite changed. I’m not blaming it for the appetite change, but everything changed when I left the hospital (that’s all i’m saying). I only craved bread and tea (Nigerian style). I pretty much ate bread and tea for breakfast, lunch and dinner for a good 5 days if not more. It seriously was all I was craving and because I didn’t really have the energy to cook, I settled for it. In my mind, once I was off the health restrictions, I would return to the regular me.
Since the surgery, my eating habits have gone downward spiral. I’ve been on medical leave since my surgery and haven’t really eaten anything healthy. My eating habits have been so bad that even I am shocked by how far I’ve gone. I mean, I ate McDonald’s meals and drank sodas for the first time in years and can count how many cups of water I drank on my fingers. It’s insane.
The effects this unhealthy lifestyle aren’t subtle. Obviously, I have gained a lot of weight, My skin looks and feels terrible, I am out of shape and literally always tired etc. Something has to give.
I am medically clear to return to my routine. So here’s my commitment.
* I will work out at least 4 days/week.
* I will only eat organic/all natural meals (No matter what; this is hard when my friends and I go out to eat).
* I will ensure that I eat the right proportions for everything; no more overeating because some things taste good.
* I will track my progress on this blog for my own accountability.
* I will make healthy eating a lifestyle rather than just a temporary thing to lose weight.
* I will eat more fruits and veggies; eat more fresh produce and less processed foods including cereals etc.
* I will drink more water and get back on my daily tea routine.
My goal weight range is 128-130 lbs. This is the range I feel most comfortable in. Now I am a fairly muscular gal and tend to look slim even though I have put one a significant amount of weight. I am looking to lose around 25 lbs. I don’t want to go drastic with this. So, I am giving myself until December to get to my goal weight. Not a bad weight loss goal for 6 months. In all, I am hoping to drop to at least a size 4 or size 6. I currently between size 8 and 10. And strangely still a size Small in most clothing collections.
Now, this is one of those times when I start obsessing over the number on the scale. So I am challenging myself to only weigh once a week. Ideally, I want to get to a point in life where I completely ditch scales. I want to get to a place where I am more concerned about my overall health and wellness than judging myself based on the number on the scale.
That’s it for now! I thought i’d pen this post down and publish before i changed my mind and got complacent. I know that in publishing this, I have at least one eye looking; that’s essentially the accountability I need and the amazing thing about having this blog. With this out of the way, I will have a more in depth post focusing on my goals, routines and a way to track my progress.
If you’re on a weight loss or any kind of fitness journey comment below! We could motivate each other from across the globe!.
Thank you for reading!