Hey guys! So those of you who are closer to me/see me on the daily know that I have recently started a health and fitness journey. I wanted to write a post about why and what and all that jazz because it goes a little deeper than just wanting to get fit.
I’m a firm believer in loving yourself which is sometimes way easier said than done. When I was younger I didn’t like myself. I didn’t think I was pretty or skinny. I thought I was a little troll. As I got a little older I began to realize who I wanted to be and started to grow into myself. I changed what I didn’t like and learned to truly love myself.
“Love yourself!” is something that everyone always says. I know it’s hard for me to sit here and say “hey just make changes and you will.” It goes much deeper than that but I encourage you to at least try to figure it out. Being comfortable in your own skin is such an amazing thing. Most importantly though- do it for yourself and no one else. Be who YOU really want to be.
Apologies if that got a little preachy but rewinding to a little over a month ago: I wasn’t loving myself and I wasn’t taking care of myself. I gained weight from stress and not taking the time to eat healthy whatsoever. I would get off work after not taking a break and would be so hungry and tired that I would stop and get fast food. If I did meal prep I was making big pasta dishes that would last a week or something else less than healthy. (cake..ice cream…brownies.. I just love baking)
My boss saw that I was struggling and feeling down and suggested we do Whole 30. I had no clue what it was so she filled me in on the basic rules and we went to town. Basically you can’t have dairy, grains, sugar, alcohol, or anything processed for a month. I did not read the actual Whole 30 book (I know, I know I’m a poser) but Pinterest was my best friend. I found tons of recipes that I actually enjoyed eating. Along with this I began doing a couple at home work outs 3-5 times a week.
This was all a huge change for me. I have never been much of a health/fitness type of gal. I have always loved baking and cooking but it was always foods that weren’t necessarily the most healthy. Beyond that, I’m basically a cheeseburger queen. But something in my head just clicked- I was like get it together Rai. I will say the hardest for me was probably the sugar. I love love loveeee sweets. Alas, I pushed through. It kind of became a hobby almost. It’s fun to find new recipes and discovering new foods/cooking techniques.
After one month my body has changed in a few ways. I have slimmed down- not necessarily 100% to where I want to be but I’m very pleased with the progress. The second change I noticed was when my month was up and I had a couple “cheat” days. I ordered a bunch of crappy food but afterwards I didn’t feel great at all. I was groggy and just felt gross. The last change I noticed while eating poorly those couple days was that I didn’t sleep as well. I have always had issues falling asleep but I realized I slept better when I was eating healthy and exercising. Okay- maybe one more change. When I don’t exercise I have an itch to, which again- I’m a fat whore! Exercising??? WANTING to exercise??? Wtf. You always hear people say “it’s a lifestyle and once you do it you can’t go back” but really, I don’t think I would want to go back. I’m happy with my journey and happy to be healthier and feeling good about myself again.
All in all, I’m loving myself again and moving onto my second month of Whole 30 and exercise. I have thought about doing some posts about recipes and work outs. Do let me know if that’s something anyone would be interested in reading. I have even been thinking about starting an Instagram about my journey. Do let me know about that also or if there’s any questions I can answer!