My revelation on working out and leading a healthy lifestyle, is that don’t do It for the wrong reasons.
I’m glad to admit that I know better.
I had a slim physique and could eat as much as I wanted without ever having nothing but a flat belly. Young, good metabolism.
I turned 23 and my body didn’t react the way It had in all my 22 years, It also happens to be the year I moved to Asia. I didn’t pay much attention to it, I figured It was my body adjusting to my new environment and new Asian dietary I was not accustomed to. I would bounce back in no time. Year 2013.
I gradually gained the weight over the years but It wasn’t until last summer back in SA that I hated myself because how relatives & family members were treating my ‘new weight gain’. Three years later, my body is unveiling the consequences of me not taking care of It as I should. Year 2016.
It was a conversation starter, you know when you have a band aid on your forehead and its the first thing everyone notices about you and that’s the only thing they want to talk about? Yep, that was my weight and my protruding belly.
I got tired of making excuses, coming up with more witty replies as why I had gained so much weight and having to mask my dis satisfied face with a faux smile. ‘Food is delicious, okay. I’ve gained weight because I love food and It loves me back and It doesn’t question me on anything. I also don’t exercise. ‘ – that’s what I wanted to say, but I didn’t. Every single time.
I got back from my six week summer holiday in SA, and decided that I didn’t want to be over weight anymore but more importantly I didn’t want to be subjected to family members and relatives opinion about my body. So, I decided to join the gym.
I signed up for whole years membership, that was brave. And scary. I didn’t know If I would go to gym for a whole year consistently but that’s what I did. If I’m being honest, mainly because a membership fee for a whole year was affordable than a six month fee, and I’m working with a student budget here..hello.
I mostly spent the first weeks on the trendmil running, running. I felt like I was going to throw up, collapse and die every single time. Every single time.
Without revealing my initial weight, according to my body mass index (BMI) I was over weight. I didn’t mind my weight though, I mostly despised my protruding belly. It was a conversation starter, It was the bandaid on my forehead – everyone noticed It and wanted to speak about it.
So I ran, and ran. I felt like I was going to throw up, collapse and die every single time. Every. Single.Time.
Three months in I had lost all the extra weight and my protruding-bandaid-on-the-forehead-belly had shrunk. I had made progress and I was ecstatic. My belly was no longer the conversation starter, anything but my body was the conversation starter.
This is where It got tricky, and confusing. I had maintained a consistent workout plan and had witnesses results. Yay! But the Life hack is, this is meant to be a lifestyle. You have to workout every week, for the rest of your Life. You don’t get to stop, now that you’ve lost all the weight and have achieved your personal goals. It’s. A. Fu*king. Lifestyle.
Eating healthy, less carbohydrates specifically less processed carbohydrates. More fruits and vegetables and water. Less refined fats and oil. More natural fats and oil. I did not follow this as much and frequent as I wanted to. My family also has a history of Hypertension, I know better on what I’m not suppose to be injecting into my body better than anyone. I also know better because I’m a Biochemistry major. I also know that cupcakes and voetkoeks and donuts are delicious. You see?
I had to realize that eating healthy combined with a consistent workout plan was the only way of changing the course of my health. The only way. I had to accept that I love food. It doesn’t ask me silly questions. It’s just delicious. I also had to accept and be honest with what I wanted more, which is a non-protruding-bandaid-on-the-forehead-belly. I’m kidding, which is a better healthier version of myself.
I had to be honest with eating a donut, cupcake or voetkoeks every week. I love that sh*t. Who doesn’t? I had to accept that I was always going to eat them every single week, without fail. I also had to accept that I had to control how much I consume, and that I didn’t go over my weekly indulgence. And that I was okay with that.
Three years later. Seven months of a combined eating and workout plan I can finally say I did it. I didn’t start out for the right reasons, sings ‘non-protruding-bandaid-on-the-forehead-belly conversation starter’. But I did it, and during the whole process up until now, I realized that a better healthier version of me is what is most important to me. That is suppose to be a lifestyle. Every single week I have to show up, eat better and workout. For the rest of my Life.