Lauren’s Fitness Journey: June 2017
June 27th, 2017 by Lauren Tharp
Remember me? My name is Lauren. I write some of the blog posts here, and I’m recording my weight loss journey each month.
I know it’s been quite a while since you last heard from me. In fact, it’s been over six months!
The truth is, I ran into a pitfall: My uterus tried to kill me. I developed a massive amount of uterine fibroids and my menstruation got out of control. I became severely anemic, to the point that I was having random fainting spells. I could barely do anything let alone continue my weight loss journey at the gym.
I gained back the weight I lost initially and I am now back up to 300lbs. My measurements clock in at 52-52-54.
Fortunately, I was taken under the care of a great doctor and my symptoms have now subsided enough that I can finally start thinking about weight loss again. I returned to the gym last week.
What to Do When You Absolutely Cannot Work Out
There are going to be times in your life when you can’t work out. Sometimes our bodies fail us, and weight loss just isn’t in the cards until we can get ourselves back on track.
During these times, keep your weight loss goals in mind, but try not to stress. Focus on getting yourself healthy again. Go to the doctor, get the help you need, and keep thinking positively.
You can restart your weight loss journey at ANY time. The gyms never close. They’ll be waiting for you when you’re ready to focus on fitness again.
In the meantime, be kind to yourself. Remember:
Flattering upward angles are everything. Just because you’re a little larger than you’d like right now doesn’t mean you can’t still rock a good selfie. Do your makeup, brush your hair, put on an outfit that makes you feel fabulous, and remember to smile.
Can the negative self-talk. I fondly refer to myself as a “chubster;” however, I never use language that makes me feel bad about myself. I try my hardest to not say “I’m fat.” I don’t mind admitting that I’m a little chubby because a. I am and, b. “chubby” sounds kinda cute and doesn’t make me hate myself. It reminds me that weight loss is still a goal of mine, but does NOT make me want to wallow in self pity. Be kind to yourself and don’t use negative terms that make you want to quit before you’ve had a chance to start.
Get yourself some thigh bands. Bandelettes are amazing. If you’re fond of wearing dresses, like I am, these will change your life. They’re sexy thigh bands that you wear in order to prevent “chub rub.” My thighs chafe like CRAZY due to my weight, and these keep me from getting rubbed raw.
Remember that you’re NOT quitting. Just because you’ve had a pitfall doesn’t mean you’ve quit the fitness game for good. Weight loss is still a goal you can obtain at any time. You’re taking a break, but you’re not stopping entirely.
Any Start is a Good Start
Whether you do five minutes at the gym or fifty-five: any start is a good start! You can even work out at home or at your office. The point isn’t to show off or win awards, it’s to get your body moving and get healthy.
I actually surprised myself at the gym last week by walking a mile on the treadmill. Sure, it took me forty-five minutes to do so, but it still counts!
You don’t have to do it all at once. If you can only work out once a week at first, that’s okay. Just put in the effort and work up to more gradually.
Drink plenty of water, and don’t be afraid to sweat. You might not feel very attractive at the time, but remember there’s a shower waiting for you back home.
My goal is to lose 20-50lbs by December. I’m going to do so by focusing on working out three times per week. I’ve made small adjustments to my diet (like cutting back on mayonnaise), but I love food far too much to go on any silly “crash diets.”
So long as you don’t eat more calories than you actually use, and remember to eat your fruits and veggies, it’s perfectly fine to continue eating your favorite foods. Just work them off after you do!
So, come on! Are you ready to join me on my fitness journey? Let’s do this together! Leave me some love in the comments section and tell me about YOUR weight loss goals!