When I saw these two pictures, I couldn’t help but laugh. They were taking precisely a year apart. The only thing different between the two photos beside the color of my hair and swimsuits is the location. But here’s the funny part. When I turned 40, my body was shook and panicked. I think my body was rejecting my age more than me. I didn’t know what I should do to just feel like me again. I tried low carb high protein diet, then switched to liquid diets, which consisted of drinking smoothies all day. I tried fasting and eating only at 3:00, and that would be the only meal of the day. All of those diets failed for me because my energy level was deficient. As you all know, I have 3 kids and a full-time job, so the last thing I need to be is fatigued. So between the time of taking the two picks, my weight was all over the place but finally found its way back home.
Here’s how I did it.
- I learned how to relax and stop doing what everyone else was doing to lose weight. I had to tap back into what used to work for me. Basically, I paid attention to Me, Myself, and I.
- I know that eating late and going to bed late is a recipe for disaster. It will cause you to bloat and denying your body I chance to rest will cause you hold onto unnecessary water. Your body needs at least 7 hours of interrupted rest.
- Turn off Technolgy an hour before you go to bed. Give your brain and eyes a break from bright lights. Whatever meme you are looking for will for sure be there in the morning. Your comments on Instagram and Facebook post will be just as funny in the morning. The world will not stop if you reply to a comment tomorrow.
- Increase your vegetable and water intake. Run from any diet that tells you to eliminate plants.
- Meditation became a must in my hectic life.
Forgetting to just breathe sounds ridiculous, but it’s so true. When I started meditating the question “how many times do stop and just take a deep breath.” was asked to me. I was stomped and couldn’t remember the last time that I just stopped moving, closed my eyes, took in a deep breath bringing in new oxygen, and just released. With that being said, Yoga is back on my menu for Monday, Thursday and Friday. Never did I think that my anxiety having behind would be able to chill and participate in yoga. If I can chill out and stop wiggling, then anyone can.
I found balance in my life and stopped focusing on food, food, food. Freedom and change began when I started mixing my workouts up with a wide variety of cardio, weights, meditation, and yoga. Words can’t come close to describe how free I feel. All I did was let go of a particular plan and just began to enjoy finding new ways to keep this body stretched out.
Sounds simple right?
Because it is. Losing weight should be fun, not a battle.
I believe in you, and I know that you can do it!
You could have chosen any blog to read, but you chose mine, and I’m honored.