As it did with a lot of us, spring 2012 rolled around and I was out of shape from my food-filled winter hibernation. When I say out of shape, I really mean out of shape. Being only 5′ 8″ and weighing in at 205 pounds was not the way I was wanting to live and it surely wasn’t how I wanted to kick off the spring. I knew I had to make some radical changes, but where to start?
The first change I made was to my diet. I was drinking a ton of soda, eating a lot of junk food, and gorging myself on McDonald’s. I eradicated the fast food and soda first since they seemed to be doing the most damage. I read an article in the Huffington Post about a woman named Kim Konkel who kicked off her journey to lose 98 pounds by replacing soda with sparkling water and exercising.. If it worked for her, it could work for me, right? Within the first week, I lost 10 pounds by getting rid of soda, and I mean all soda, not just sticking with diet drinks. Spurning the soda was the first step, after that, I replaced all of my junk food with fruits and healthy home made snacks like trail mix, and I replaced the fast food with healthy meals like homemade lean turkey burgers. Within the first month, I had lost over 20 pounds just from changing my diet.
Now on to the hardest part for anyone and everyone: exercise. I hate exercising. I’m not going to lie. I would rather sit on my couch and watch a movie while playing on the laptop than try to get in shape. I decided the best things to do were to start hiking and to find a workout routine I liked. I go to the local walking trails and walk about 6-7 miles two to three times a week, and I found this wonderful high intensity workout for those with busy lifestyles over at 7-min.com. I was sore for days on end when I first started, but now I can do multiple reps of the 7 minute workout and I can hike upwards of 12 miles without getting winded.
After two months, I wasn’t as toned as I would have liked to have been, but the weight was gone. I’m at 5’8″ and 145 pounds now, and I couldn’t have done it without the motivation to better myself and the desire to stop killing myself with all the horrible foods I had been eating. There is no diet or exercise routine that is perfect for everyone, but there are diets and routines that would be perfect for you. So take a chance, get off the couch, eat healthy, feel great, and give yourself a high five in the mirror for me when you can’t help but smile at your results. I’ll be rooting for you.