I’ve always been a curvy girl, I struggled with my weight since I was a kid and I’ve always carried a few pounds more than the average kids in my class. I did manage to lose weight a couple of times when I was in high school, but I was a strong yo-yoer with my weight at that time.
However, I had a really negative body image in puberty. I remember being in the first year of high school and refusing to go on a school swimming trip because it required a bikini! I’ll have to admit now, by looking at old pictures of me in my teen years, that I was totally overstressing my body image. Yes, I probably weighed a couple of pounds more than I should with my length and age, but it wasn’t as bad as I saw it at that time. Still, I was in high school, and obviously at that age you’re a bit more concerned with the way you look.
When I turned 17, I started to get more comfortable with the way my body looked and it wasn’t really a stress-worthy problem anymore. I still had the ‘I’ll start monday’-thoughts, but it didn’t matter as much as it did to me before. Taking care of my weight wasn’t really a priority in my life anymore. I was busy with all the new things in my life, graduated from high school and the ‘teenage insecurities’ started to dissapear a bit.
However, I got a bit too comfortable. I did really let myself go with my eating habits, it wasn’t healthy at all and I didn’t have a regular eating habit/schedule. I slowly started to gain more and more weight. When the summer approached, I was on my heaviest weight ever.
In the first week of May 2016 I went on holiday with my mom, I really realized how much I’d gained by then.
In the upcoming weeks before my holiday I’d tried to lose a couple of pounds and went to the gym a few times a week. But when we arrived at our holiday destination, even in the enormous shopping malls I didn’t even like to shop for an outfit anymore. Nothing seemed to flatter me anymore, no matter what I’d put on. I always had the same thought in my head everytime I saw clothes I liked: first I had to lose some weight, then I could shop for new clothes.
But in that time I wasn’t feeling very well, there were many things going on in my personal life and I worried about them a lot. I’d completely lost interest in anything, including working out. Nothing made me feel happy or good anymore. I started to isolate myself untill at one point I didn’t even came outside anymore. I really wanted to change the way I lived at that point and make a difference (I told myself that literally every day) but coming out of that bad habit took some time.
When the summer was coming to an end, I returned from my summer holiday. September was approaching, so everyone around me was focusing on the new school year. I’d decided to take a gap year before I began studying law at the University of Amsterdam.
I still worked at the local fitness center where I started 3 years earlier. So I was ‘lucky’ to have free access to the gym whenever I wanted and had no struggle of wasting my money if I didn’t show up for a while. (On the other hand, if you’re looking for motivation: A paid gym membership can be a big stick to keep your motivation of going to the gym high.)
THE CHANGE / HOW I LOST 14 KG (30 LBS) Oktober 2016 –
I decided that I was going to eat healthy again and I’d set the goal for going to the gym at least 4-5 times a week. I’m that kind of person that mostly aims for higher goals. I could’ve also started with setting the plan of attending the gym for at least 2 times a week, but, I was well aware of my lazy ass that needed a kick to get up and keep going. I knew that going to the gym for a less amount of times a week wasn’t enough motivation for me and so it would only made my journey harder and longer.
I’m not saying that this is the perfect method for everyone, but it really worked for me. When I used to be good on track in the gym and focused on clean eating, I could really stick to that schedule for a couple of months if I had regularity in my scheme. My goal was to focus on weight training to gain muscles and thereby lose the weight more easily as you’re burning more. With that weight training, I wanted to go to the gym 5 times a week, so that everyday I could train a different part of my body.
When I started, I had quite some experience with the gym and knowledge about healthy eating/weight loss. If you’re new to the ‘gymlife’ a slower approach may be a better fit for the beginning. Otherwise you’ve the risk of feeling like it’s too much and your body has to get used to the changes your making. Don’t overdo it!
Well, after just one week I saw such a big difference. The bloated feeling went away and my belly was a lot smaller after the first week.
I have always carried my weight mostly on my legs and hips. But when I started gaining serious weight, more and more went to the middle part of my body. Seeing the results got me even more motivated.
But when I stepped on the scale after the first two weeks I hadn’t even lost a pound. The next day I had planned my first cheatday. I was curious about cheatdays. Shouldn’t I just keep going with the healthy eating? Why would I waste my hard work by taking a cheat day? No need to say I was surprised when I stepped on the scale the day after the cheat day: I literally lost 2 kilos (5 lbs) in comparison with 2 days earlier!
I’m convinced cheat days are a necessity when losing weight. Obviously you don’t have to exaggerate it and eat everything you come across (it’s all about the moderation) but it’s a great metabolism boost. Think about it: when you eat less than you need (your BMR: more about that later) you’re losing weight. But, over the time your body gets used to the the eating less and you don’t lose the weight as easily. If you’re body gets a ‘shock’ from it’s regular eating schedule with a cheat day, it will work harder to burn the extra calories (and thereby fat) off.
So, if you’ve hit that ‘plateau’ and feel like you’re not seeing results anymore: are you taking cheat days?
I kept up with the training schedule & healthy eating and after 3 months I’d lost 14 kg (30 lbs). The first weeks I lost weight really quickly, after a couple of weeks it started to slow down. But, I knew that I was gaining muscle because of the weight training and I started to look less on the scale and more in the mirror. I felt so good again, I could fit my old pants and I just had a lot more energy. I still wasn’t at my ultimate goal weight, but it didn’t feel like a ‘problem’ for me anymore. It was december, the Holidays came up and I started to become a bit sloppy with my training and eating schedule. But since then, I’ve never gained the extra weight back!
The importance of eating healthy and ENOUGH in order to lose weight is SO underrated. If I’d done a crazy diet method I would have gained the weight back twice as hard! Now, exactly one year later, I’m still benefiting from the results I’ve got from working hard for 3 months! For everyone who’s struggling with losing weight: it gets though, it’s not easy, but you HAVE to keep going. Think about your goals and how happy you’ll be once you’ve reached them!
NEW YEAR, NEW GOALS
Well I can hear you thinking, you said you didn’t reach your ultimate goal weight… That’s right and overall I just want to eat healthy again and go to the gym more often. I’m planning on writing blog posts every now and then about my way of healthy eating, gym and combining them with law school. I want to post some recipes and meals I like and hope to motivate those who look for it. If you’re interested in joining me, I suggest you follow me on instagram to follow my journey. I’m looking forward to it!
The Statute Snob