Well, I wasn't going to join a gym. That's for damn sure. The thought of walking my giant ass in a gym full of hard bodies terrified me. Not to mention how humiliated I would've been when everything would start jiggling, I'd be gasping for breath, and would be sweating profusely... BEFORE I even started working out. No way. There was no way in hell.
I was confused as to what I should do for exercise, so I gave myself two weeks and TWO WEEKS ONLY to get my eating habits secured and figured out. For the first two weeks, I emptied my house of all the junk food, filled it with healthy food, and worked on meal plans and snacks. What was I going to do for exercise? I didn't know. So for those first two weeks, I didn't exercise. I ate healthy, tried to get my mind in the game, and researched exercise programs. I was so morbidly obese and it was so difficult to even walk or bend, I knew I had to start small. So I spent a lot of time on the internet printing out beginner home workouts and tried to psych myself up to start the exercise part of my weight loss journey.
We ALL belong there.
I guess I had it in my mind that everyone walking around was going to be some gorgeous beach babe or muscle dude. Ugh, the things we tell ourselves. Once I finally did start going to a gym I realized every single stage of getting healthy is represented there. I also found out that the gym community is not like the outside world (you know, where most people are asses?). The gym community welcomes everybody.
What did I do when I first started my weight loss journey?
Honestly though, the scale can sabotage you and all of your efforts. At one point the Hubs threatened to smash the scale to smithereens if I didn't stop being so obsessed with the scale. Let me tell ya folks, he was dead ass serious.
I would get on the scale and become inconsolable. I would cry for days. Making good on his word, I soon had a scale in a hundred pieces. My husband destroyed the scale and vowed I'd never shed another tear because of that wretched thing. I was pissed at first, I felt I 'needed' it to track my progress. But after a few days of knowing it wasn't there, I felt liberated. It was only then, in it's absence, that I truly realized it was holding me back. It was making me second guess myself and making me crazy.
This is why you MUST take monthly measurements of your body.
Find someone you trust to do your measurements. I know it's hard. Believe me, I stood there and cried the entire time my Hubs took my first measurements. I sobbed with my hands covering my face. It was horrible. But guess what, so is being fat and unhealthy. The whole process of getting healthy and changing your whole life is hard, you might as well start it off the same way. Just do it.
Because, here's the dealio. The scale can refuse to budge and say you haven't lost an ounce but if you've lost 4 inches, you ARE SMALLER. Which means you ARE on the right track!
It took me a while to believe that but it is the truth.
The scale cannot tell the story of what is going on inside your body, it doesn't know if it's weighing muscle, fat, or a damn stack of books. If you are exercising and building muscle, you will gain weight in muscle. But that's okay. That's good! That's what you want! As the muscle gets bigger and stronger, it tightens and pulls everything in and makes you firm and toned. As the muscles grow and get bigger, you actually get smaller.
DON'T believe the myth that weight training will make you bulky or 'mannish'. There is a very, VERY specific way you must train in order to become a body builder. Believe me, by picking up some dumbbells, doing bodyweight resistance exercises, and partaking in just about any muscle building exercise, you will NOT get bulky. You will become leaner, toned, sculpted, and SMALLER.
Things are going to be rearranging and changing inside you. Rely more on your measurements. Measure your arms, bust, waist, hips, upper thighs, and calves and measure them in the exact same place every month. Do this faithfully. Buy a journal to record the numbers. At the end of your journey, you can look back at all the hard work that you put in.
We know stuff.
Now that tells you right there, that if a food is already starting to breakdown before it even gets to your stomach, there's not going be much fuel and energy left over to sustain your body and help it function. Your body absorbs these foods quickly. They increase blood sugar, trigger a release of insulin, and an hour later you're hungry again. Whole wheat and whole grains have subsistence and are filling and they carry enough energy with them to fuel you and provide nutrients. The health benefits in eating whole grains far outweigh the benefits in eating white foods.
After my very first two weeks of eating differently, I then began to exercise. Believe me, moving a body that is over 120 pounds overweight is not an easy task. Find out what I did for exercise when I started in my articles:
I Hated Exercise. How Was I Ever Going To Do This?
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