In January of 2013, I lost one of my best friends to Cystic Fibrosis. Four months later, on my twenty-first birthday, I lost my twenty-two year-old cousin, Nicholas, in a car accident to a distracted driver. In 2014, I shattered my tibia plateau, tore some vital knee things and had to get emergency surgery. Throw in a break up and it’s safe to say it was a pretty terrible period of time for me. When it rains, it hurricanes.
With all of these things happening, I was feeling down and partying was a welcome distraction. I was on crutches for two months after my surgery and rehab was a slow, grueling process. Honestly, when I was cleared for exercise again my heart wasn’t in it. I could feel the metal in my leg and it was yucky. Pizza and beer > working out.
This combination of events was awful for basically every aspect of my life, and I started gaining weight. Although Smash Mouth was referring to years, I think the same can be said about extra pounds - when they just start coming, they don’t stop coming.
I was unhappy. I couldn’t fit into any of my clothes and I despised seeing photos of myself. I was so... puffy? In November of 2015, I had another surgery removing the metal plate from my leg and the number on the scale was creeping up to an all time high of 180lbs. The heaviest I had ever weighed in my life. I knew it was time to start making some changes.
Carb free diets ensued. That didn’t work. I dabbled with high protein diets. Liquids only. STRICTLY VEGAN. I committed to working out twice a day… for about two weeks. I was frustrated that I was putting in effort but nothing was changing. I was impatiently trying to erase years of damage with a few days of work.
I’ve always played sports and been muscular and when I am at my fittest (now) I am around 135lbs. In my head, the perfect goal weight was always the 120lbs mark, which is pretty unattainable for me and my 5’7 height. I would have to probably stop moving altogether and be fed through a tube to lose all my muscle mass and honestly that doesn’t sound too great.
The last time I saw a number under 130 on the scale was before high school (not counting that one ridiculous summer when my bestie and I went through a phase of restricting ourselves to 1,000 calories a day.) Now that I’m a little more mature, I know that the number on the scale doesn’t matter. I take comfort in the fact that I can lift heavy things, do a series of push ups, and defend myself from creepers. These days, I measure my progress with side-by-side photos and how my clothes fit.
The two life-changing things that stuck for me were cutting meat from my diet and BBG. I’ve followed a pescetarian diet for over five years and I’ve been through Kayla Itsines Bikini Body Girl 12 week program three times now. I stayed consistent with both and I started seeing results. I became a lot happier in my own body (which was helpful because it’s is the only one I have) and all the good things just started to fall into place.
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