I started my fitness journey back in January 2018 which seems so long ago now. So almost 2 years later, am I doing great? The answer is sadly no. By now I could’ve been way farther along but this past year I definitely let go (even canceled my gym membership) so I have no one to blame but myself. Here’s what to do when you gain back the weight and how to get back on track.
So January 2018 I was at my heaviest weight. I weighed 160 which is when I decided to start working out. Since my college had a gym, I went there but I was a mess. Thankfully they had student trainers so I got 5 free sessions which allowed me to start my journey. The first month I lost a pound or two so not too bad. But at this time I was ending grad school so I put a pause on the journey as I finished my thesis.
Mid May 2018 I decided to get a gym membership and a trainer and started to go hard. I still didn’t know what to do so it was a slow start. But it started happening. By August 2018 I was my lowest weight at 139. So I made the mistake of thinking I could do it all on my own. But the thing is, I didn’t bother to learn things for my own. Since I knew I would have a trainer I just let them do the hard work. So when I stopped training, it was a mess.
I stopped being consistent and eventually in mid-2019, I canceled my membership. I also stopped eating healthy and went hard on the sweets. So now at the start of January 2020, I stepped on the scale and it showed 160 again. I was shocked but I also got myself here. So now I am back to the gym and making sure I stay on track. Here are what I’m doing and some tips.
I think one of the things that are the hardest is being honest with where you’re at. For the longest time, I didn’t want to accept that I gained weight. I could see it in my face and even trying on clothes I own that started to fit a bit tighter. Then I finally stepped on the scale and saw that I gained all the weight back. It hurt but it also gave me a push to get myself together and back into the gym. It also helped to give me a clear starting point instead of thinking I was at a lower weight.
See What Worked and What Didn’t
I saw this video from Whitney Simmons where she analyzed what she used to eat and why it wasn’t sustainable. It was really refreshing because sometimes it seems like something works but in the long term, it doesn’t. I analyzed what I kept doing and what I stopped after being on my workout grind. Even if you lost the weight doing something, but you gained the weight back because you didn’t consistently do it, then it didn’t work.
I started a plan that I can actually follow. I wasn’t crazy restrictive with food and started focusing on what helps my body be healthy. Another thing is that I made sure to just move no matter what even if it’s just a walk. It wasn’t about being strict but being overall healthy.
Be Your Own Accountability
One of my issues is that I put all my accountability on others. When I had a trainer, I would stay consistent because I knew she would check my progress. So when I stopped training there was no one to keep pushing me. It is my old fault for just putting my drive on others. This time around I’m making sure I put my own goals and lines to make sure I have my own things to accomplish.
Just Start Now
I’m the queen of planning. 2020 is already shaping up to be one of my busier years. I kept trying to push off going to the gym until I felt like I had enough time to go. However, just start now. There will never be a right time. You will have to adjust your life to include this. I started just by walking a designated time and slowly added gym visits. It doesn’t have to be all at once but as long as you start, even small, it will get you going.
Have you ever been off your fitness journey? What are your tips?
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