I know, I know; I’ve sung this song before. Things come up, life is hectic, and blogging takes a backseat to all the things life distracts you with. Yes, I am guilty of said offense, however, the distractions haven’t been so much on the day-to-day ‘regular’ stuff, as it’s been some pretty epic changes in the world of whiplashes.
This isn’t going to be a makeup post; nor is it an online apology for not being attentive enough with this site. Heck, at this long of a hiatus, I’m not even sure how many of you are even listening still. I’m posting this for myself, to throw the story of my journey this year out into the cyberverse (I’m fully aware that choice of word just aged me in the most horrific way). It also, in my opinion, is a pretty justifiable excuse as to why “Inside The Makeup Case” was left temporarily untouched.
And here goes nothing.
Those of you who follow me on Instagram, Twitter, or even Facebook, may or may not know that starting in January of 2013, I embarked on a lifestyle change that, I can say now, has pretty much changed my life and was the catalyst to some pretty incredible changes this year.
In January 2013, my weight had peaked to a whopping 286lbs. I was ashamed, unhealthy and ready to do something about it. This wasn’t some New Years resolution that I had planned to conquer, rather a self-realization after months of feeling sick and not knowing why. I went to the doctor, told him I needed to lose a substantial amount of weight (the RIGHT way), and he gave me a referral to see physician/metabolic specialist, Dr. Poon who had a program for those suffering from obesity and needed to lose weight. Not to mention, this program is covered by OHIP so it costs nothing if you are accepted to join the program.
My first appointment was January 28 and it was the beginning of something great. I was weighed, consulted with, and given a guideline as to how to change my eating habits without starving myself. The style of this approach/program is a three-phase plan. From the extremity of the first phase where you cut out a lot from your diet (especially carbs, sodium, sugar, dairy), to the third phase being your maintenance phase (like, forever, ever!) where you learn how to portion all the ‘bad’ stuff and eat in a way where you stop losing weight but maintain it. No B12 shots, supplements, starving or anything like that.
Phase One. The hardest month of my life. No sugar, no alcohol, no fruit, LOW sodium, no dairy, tomatoes, carrots, carbs, nuts, no..no…no. I ate nothing but lean meats, fish, egg whites, leafy greens and sugar-free jello. I dropped water and fat weight like a ninja; 30 lbs, to be exact. It was hard, I pushed through, overcame fantasies of eating bricks of cheese in the middle of the dairy aisle and kept my eye on the prize. [SIDE NOTE: Never in that month did I feel I wasn't satiated as there was no portion restrictions with those foods]
Left: late Feb 2013(almost 30lbs. less than start weight)
Right: Two weeks later, in March 2013 (notice the stomach has deflated)
The disappearing act.
Phase Two. Here comes the adding of more vegetables, not all, but more. Tomatoes are finally allowed, minimal amounts of alcohol,dairy, certain fruits, even the teeny, tiniest amount of carbs. I’ll stay on this until I hit my goal weight (160lbs…maybe 150 if I want to). I also implemented exercise into my regimen by going to the gym 3-4 times a week for a few hours each time. The gym routine is and was quite simple; 30-40 minutes of cardio, either weight training on the upper or lower half of the body and always ending it with some ab work and stretching. Nothing fancy, but something. The weight melted off at a pace where I had to ask my doctor if it was normal and healthy for it to be happening so swiftly. He simply said, if you are eating healthy and exercising, it was totally fine. Who am I to argue or question? I felt good, I didn’t feel like I was doing anything to hurt myself and I was beginning to actually like the way my body was changing. All systems go!
Left: Feb 2013
Right: May 2013
With all this physical change happening in my life, it really gave me the confidence to reassess other things I wanted to change. After spending the early portion of my twenties living in Toronto (where I was really the happiest), I made the decision to go back to school at 25, forcing me to move back to the suburbs as to financially make that happen. I told myself it would only be for a year, and then I’d move back to the city. As life would have it, my stay in the suburbs was more than slightly extended from one year to eight due to work, relationships, family and apathy. As we all know, relationships end, family will be okay if you’re not living next door, and in my case, the work I do can be done anywhere. So at 33, I decided that I would finally move back to the city. Yes, it was hard to leave a workplace and colleagues that I loved dearly, and my family knew it was something I had to do. The support system was beyond overwhelming, so in August I moved my ‘better-late-than-never’ ass downtown to start another chapter. It’s only been a month, but already I feel inspired and at home…again.
Some may ask what my weight loss status is as of now. Since the end of January, I’ve lost 116lbs and only have about 15 more pounds to go. Who the heck knew that this would happen this year? I sure didn’t, but I’m glad I made the decision to make that change. The health factor alone is worth it. Yes, I look better, blah blah blah…but knowing that I’ve lowered my chances of developing diabetes, blood pressure and cholesterol issues, not to mention heart problems by making the choices I have, is priceless.
The 100lbs lost mark
And to anyone out there who has tried to make major health choices like I have but struggle, my advice/two cents is that I was the LAST person I thought could do this. I have zero willpower and somehow this worked for me. It wasn’t easy in the beginning, but now it’s as normal as breathing. It’s worth trying. I feel indebted to my doctor for referring me to Dr. Poon; he was the catalyst to my self-renewal and I will always be grateful for that.
So there it is, in a nutshell, the abbreviated version of my year thus far and the reason why I had to take a hiatus from blogging to give myself a much needed makeover from the inside out.