A few years ago, I realized it was time to get healthy. I was overweight, and I'd struggled to get the weight off for years, but then I finally had an epiphany and realized that being healthy was more important than being skinny. I started making changes. I moved more, and made healthier choices.
I would love to tell you that I saw immediate results on my body, but I didn't. Sure, I was feeling better, looking better, my acne wasn't as bad, I didn't have bad morning breath, and my confidence was boosting, but I wasn't seeing the physical results I thought I would see.
Fast forward ten years of battling with my weight and discovering a large nodule on my neck. Insert fear, getting tested for cancer, and having an eye opening experience that if I don't focus more on my health and well-being, I won't ever get any better.
Even though I thought I was being healthy...as it turns out, I was not being healthy at all. I was making excuses and making up for them by eating salads. However, once I was diagnosed with Hashimoto's disease, I started learning more about the importance of living a healthy lifestyle. In the last year, I've learned more about clean eating and once I gave up gluten and dairy, and took supplements to help my thyroid and my body started changing. Those physical results I was looking for over the last ten years, showed up in three months!
I maintained my weight loss until the holidays, and then, I decided to give myself a break. Back to sugar, back to junk food... and soon, back to depression and feeling horrible. It's taken me almost six months to cut everything back out again, so I'm starting over...again.
I'm not mad at myself for gaining a little weight back. I've stayed active and I've acknowledged when I've been bad. The whole point is to work at it one day at a time, and that is exactly what I plan to do.
I am going to start up a 7 day clean eating group on facebook and I'm searching for workout buddies (ah hem SJ) or accountability partners. I've learned it is so much easier to succeed at everything when you have a great support group around you, and that is what I am looking for. I know I am the only one who can make the changes I need to make, but it'll be so much better knowing I have friends who have my back and beg me to keep moving...and put down the ice cream.