I haven’t written on here in a while.
Life has been pretty crazy. Winter break ended. I went to DC for a much needed vacation. Came back to school for my last semester of undergrad. Saw friends. Went vegan gluten free and all that jazz. I’ve applied to different places. I’ve cried. I’ve laughed harder than I’ve laughed. I’ve sat in stillness. I’ve met up with people. I’ve prayed. I’ve started running. I stopped doing yoga. I’ve bought books. Oh yeah. I also lost 5 lbs (for the first time in four years), and I got into grad school!
As you can probably tell, it’s been a whirlwind of a month. I knew that this semester would fly by, and I haven’t been wrong in my assumptions. There’s been a lot of life lived, and time flies when you live.
I felt compelled to post today because I want to share what I’ve learned this month. It’s been incredibly mindblowing, and so so so indicative of His Great Mercies.
I started off this semester pretty worn out, not going to lie. There were so many things weighing on my mind– especially post grad, and there was the matter of my health. I was being vegan gluten free with 1200 calorie diet with working out pretty rigorously. Yeah recipe for disaster. I binged for the first time in such a long time– months actually. I wanted to cry all the time. Night Eating became ridiculously bad. And I just came off of a 2 day eating whatever the crap I wanted phase. Yet, it is so fascinating to me that I actually still lost weight.
I know that this is God. Seriously, I should have gained instead of lost weight, but my skin became even more clear, and I’ve had more energy than I’ve ever had.
Thus, it is because of this that I realized what I realized.
1. All glory to God. Seriously. That one is a no-brainer.
2. We are meant to eat what is truly good for us. This means minimal processed snacks like croissants, chips, and all that jazz. You know what I’m talking about. The foods that we reach for when we have no time. They truly have no nutritional value, and they do not fill you up. They made me have skin problems, and I’m so glad that I figured out that I’m definitely allergic to gluten. No brainer. I start breaking out like CRAZY. I can have one or two as a treat sometimes, and I will continue to do so as I believe that treats are a healthy part of a balanced diet.
3. Vegans can get enough protein through veggies and legumes. I would say dont do paleo and veganism at the same time (haha you’ll be starving), but I truly wasn’t hungry filling myself up on veggies and beans. Yes, I did have tuna and salmon and milk at times, but the amount wasn’t huge to make a difference. (I’m not allergic to tuna and salmon and eggs.) Just make sure to eat fibrous veggies.
4. Eat mostly veggies/things that come from the ground/really clean and whole foods. Be prepared.
5. You don’t need to count calories to lose weight. This does NOT mean go HAM on like your food intake. Nope. Eat until you are moderately full. You know yourself best and you know when that hanger comes on. Get to know yourself and eat accordingly. You start craving when hanger starts, but I’ve found that I can stave off the I NEED EVERYTHING mentality and really choose what I want to eat when I eat when I know that I’m about to be hungry/need fuel but not really there. And it is TONS more satisfying.
6. Workout. You don’t have to work out upwards of 1 hour a day, but seriously MOVE YOUR BODY. Incorporate interval training. Incorporate steady state cardio. Do some stretching and foam rolling (hurts so goooood). I’ve started running, and at first it was reallllly hard. Even now, I can’t run a full mile yet, but I’m getting stronger, faster, and overall better.
7. But stop when something feels wrong. My hamstring felt like it was going to break apart for a bit, so I had to stop running for a week. I did steady state cardio on the elliptical, and relatively rested it. Now it feels super better. You’d rather be safe than sorry.
8. Incorporate treats once in a while. Give yourself freedom to eat what you really crave. (Doesn’t mean give in to every craving. Be smart about it. At first you’re not used to it so you’re going to want to EAT ALL THE THINGS. Practice some self control, and it’ll get better. I promise). Don’t deprive yourself of that croissant or chocolate ALLLLLL THE TIMEEEE. You’re going to go crazy if that happens.
9. MODERATION MODERATION MODERATION.
10. Eat regularly. Goes hand in hand with eating before hanger thing. Promise ya, it works. You’ll be less worried about food and eating, but you’ll have freedom to really live and know when to eat and when not to.
11. WATER WATER WATER HYDRATION WATER.
12. HAVE FUN. Go out and LIVE. Dont be so focused on food that you are so obsessed. I promise. The scale will go down as long as you practice healthy habits. If you’re not seeing results, take a gooood long look at what you’re doing, and make some tweaks based on YOU.
13. Try to not eat past 7. I promise, hold in your hunger for a bit at night, and the need will pass. That craving will pass. But if you’re really hungry, just eat. Just try to choose something healthier and dont eat too much. You’re going to have wicked NES and not be able to sleep because your body says ENERGY!!! I WILL NOT SLEEEP!!!!! DIGESTION!!!!!! yeah. it makes for a bad cycle. But make sure to eat enough in the day.
14. Eat breakfast.
15. Give yourself grace. You’re going to fall down here and there, and it does no one good if you keep on moaning about the mistakes you made yesterday. You’re the only one blocking your own self. Learn from it. Move on. But remember, JUST DO IT. Make what matters happen with a purpose.
* Disclaimer I am not a health professional. These are based on how I’ve learned through trial and error with my own body, and this is written primarily to my own self.
I plan on losing 15 lbs by the end of April, and my mission is to lose 25 lbs this year. I can so totally do this. So can you.