Well the wedding countdown begins today which seems crazy since most people don't have this long of an engagement, but with graduation around the corner, it will come quick. Of course, I am crazy excited to plan a wedding, but because we have such a long time, I need to pace myself. Therefore, I am starting here.... sweating for the wedding, because like every bride, I want to look fabulous for the wedding.
Although I want to loose weight and feel more confident at my wedding, it's more than that. When I was in high school I woke up at 5am every morning, went to practice and ran and danced for hours. My eating habits consisted of: Panda Express, McDonalds, Sonic, Mexican food, and diet coke. All of this food I was consuming was obviously horrible for me, but I didn't see the effect it had on my body because I was working out for 4-8 hours a day. When college came around, I stopped dancing and stopped being pushed to work-out, but my eating habits stayed the exact same. The "Freshman 15" is real people. College is tough and picking up fast food in between classes is soooo easy. About a year ago, I decided I was sick of being the "picky" eater, so I tried to eat healthier and started cooking. Well that's all fine and dandy, but there was two problems: first, time, and second, money. I am a college student which means two things: I am always busy and I am broke, so having the time to cook food and have the money to buy the food was really tough. I worked really hard last summer and dropped 10 pounds, but when school started up again, things plateaued.
Flash forward to today..... I want to finally make that push to being all together healthier. I saw a quote somewhere a few weeks ago and it has been stuck in my head. The quote read, "be as you are". When I hear the words "be as you are" I think of being yourself, but not only being you, but being the best you. I think that especially with women, body image is such a big deal, you don't want to be too skinny or too big or too muscular or too wimpy, but I think you should be you. So I guess my goal is to be myself, and be the best version of me that I can. To me this means that I won't ever have tall, thin, legs, because that isn't how my body works, but I want to feel comfortable in my own body and I want to feel good about myself as I walk down the street.. or the aisle next summer. I want to be healthy and feel healthy and make food and lifestyle choices because I want to not because I am trying to lose weight.
My point of this is to say that I want to eat healthier and I want to work-out more and be a healthier person, but I want to be able to be myself while doing it. I don't want to be tied to a diet because I want to look good for the wedding, but I want to make lifestyle changes that will help me feel good, look good, and stay that way. I posted two pictures below, one is from March and one is from May after our Thailand trip. In Thailand, Forest and I swam a ton, walked a ton, biked a ton, drank a lot of water, and ate healthier portions and smaller portions. When I left Thailand, I felt good about myself and my body, because I had done all this exercising and my body was hydrated because of all the water. When I got home, I could tell that I had lost weight and I did, but the fact was, I wasn't even trying, which started my thinking about lifestyle changes rather than temporary changes.
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the picture on the Right is March, the picture on the Left is May after walking and eating healthier.