Hi Friends. This post is not the easiest to write, but I know that I am not alone and I know that we can support each other as we work towards getting our health back.
Many of you began following me when I first started sharing my weight loss journey back in 2017 (on Instagram). I had lost 60 pounds and was feeling amazing. That is when I decided to start this blog, I was getting so many requests for healthy recipes and I wanted to share them with you.
Over the next few years, I went through quite a few personal things and the weight crept back up (plus some). I was starting to get back on track in January of 2020 and surprise, I got pregnant! And it happened to be in the middle of a pandemic. 2020 (just like for most of you) was full on survival mode. But I had the baby and he is absolutely amazing ( I actually already lost the baby weight too). And that leads me to where I am at now, starting this journey towards losing 100 pounds all over again. If you are in a similar situation, please know that you are not alone.
I wanted to share a few things that I am doing and a few things I am not
- I am going on a diet. I know, I know. "Diet" is basically a curse word these days. But I am working with my doctor and she has me on a plan that fits my specific needs. A plan that leads to true lifestyle changes, not crash dieting over and over again. At least that is my hope. PS - It is okay to want to lose weight. You don't have to feel guilty about that.
- I am going to work on loving myself every step of the way. I know from very intense personal experience that self-hatred only leads to more harmful behavior. The path towards healing doesn't start there, it starts by realizing that your worth as a person doesn't have anything to do with the number on the scale or the size of your pants.
- I will not step into a place of shame or guilt. This is a slippery slope that I have been on before. It leads to depression and darkness. There is grace for you. You are not defined by the choices you have made in the past. Let go of the shame, it will always be heavier than any physical weight you carry.
- I will not give up. I want this so badly. I want to be healthy for myself and for my family. I want to be around for them. I want to do more than just survive, I want to live my life to fullest while I have the chance.
- I will lean into my relationship with God. He has never failed me. He is the one who will carry me when I feel like giving up. God is the one who gives me the strength I need to fight this battle. I have been trying to do it in my own strength for too long. It is time to surrender to Him.
A Little about my Diet:
*This is not medical advice. This is what I am doing with the supervision of my doctor. Please know that every body and every person is different. We all have different goals and different needs. This is just an overview of what I am doing now based on my specific needs. What works for me might not be what's best for you.
- I am eating at least 4 cups of vegetables a day. These are limited to mostly low carb veggies like broccoli, brussels sprouts, asparagus, cabbage etc
- I am limiting my protein intake - my doctor adjusts this as we need to. I am also sticking to leaner cuts of meat and cutting out pork completely (for the time being) So I am mainly eating chicken breast, ground beef, lean cuts of beef, bison, and white fish.
- Fat consumption is extremely limited - this is partly to do with my gallbladder issues. Again, this is based on my body and my goals.
- I enjoy 2 servings of fruit daily - This is limited to mostly berries, apples, grapefruit, and oranges.
- I enjoy some dairy protein - in the form of low fat cottage cheese and low fat plain Greek yogurt. I love the cottage cheese with some Simple Mills crackers and the yogurt with fresh berries.
- I can have coffee - I enjoy coffee in the morning with frothy Nutpods and nothing else. The rest of the time, I am only drinking water.
There is more to what I am doing, but these are the main things that I am sticking to. I also set weekly goals for myself and write daily in my journal/planner. I have done this for one full week already and I am down 7.9 pounds. This will slow down, but I am so happy with that start. I will be sharing updates on the blog, Instagram and in my Facebook support group. Please leave a comment below if you are in a similar situation, I would love to be able to encourage you.
Love you all!
Sara - The Bettered Blondie
PS I will still be sharing a variety of recipes on the blog, some of them will reflect these new lifestyle changes and some will not. I try to create recipes that fit into a lot of different lifestyles, that way lots of people can enjoy them.