In honor of the “how has aging treated you?” post that is going around, I finally decided to join along and share my story.
Above is a picture of me, this morning at 28 years and 11 months old. Even though I am close to entering my last year of being in my 20’s, people have a tendency to ask me what college I plan on going to and gasp when I say my age. I’m flattered that the average age they think I am is 19, but Lawwwwd let me tell you, I am thankful to be out of those teen years.
Are you ready for the throwback?
Yes, that is me. This picture was taken in July 2008 at 18 years-old during my freshman orientation at St. Bonaventure University. At my heaviest, I was somewhere around 165 lbs. At 5′ 5” tall, I carried a ton of that weight in my face, hips, and thighs – like a typical female body does.
So how did I get to where I am today ?
Today I fluctuate anywhere from 118-126 lbs. No, I didn’t do any radical diets – in fact, I didn’t do any diets at all. No insane workouts. No harmful approaches. It honestly took time, patience, and the natural process of life to happen.
While I did say no harmful tactics were used, life did happen and I did experience stress like any normal person. When stressed, I tend not to eat a lot. Others may binge eat when stressed, I tend to fill up on coffee, water, and my favorite Vanilla Coke Zero. I also have stomach issues, GERD, and do have foods that trigger problems which can contribute to unwanted weight-loss.
My main contributor to the healthier weight and lifestyle was acknowledgment and moderation. I knew I didn’t feel good at that weight and needed to make changes. Moderation is key, it’s simple, and it’s common sense. I tend to eat multiple smaller meals a day, I stop eating when I’m full, AND I don’t drink alcohol like it’s going out of style. Don’t get me wrong, I love a good glass of wine or a margarita, but one is enough for this light weight.
I have never once believed that carbs or sugar are bad. Carbs are a macronutrient and your body needs them to survive – they are the source of energy (glucose) for your cells to make ATP (ATP=energy. Without carbs, your body turns to fat as a source, goes into a state of ketosis, and creates ketones. Check out this article to learn more about what happens on low carb diets). While I tend to choose more complex grains like oatmeals and legumes that take longer to process in your body, don’t doubt that this girl can’t put down a loaf of French or Italian bread. If there’s an option to order fries as a side, they’ll be on my plate. Like I said above, it’s all about moderation.
Besides consciously choosing healthier foods, my lifestyle has played a huge role in my weight. For almost 6 years, I was sitting at a desk 8-12 hours a day, plus commuting to work which added more sitting time. Once I became a dog mom and switched careers to be in the healthcare field, I barely know what sitting is. My Apple watch makes each day like a challenge seeing if I can fill all my rings!
Every time I look back at my Bonas ID, I’m so amazed at how much life changes and takes a toll on our bodies!
Share your transformations and journeys with me! We are all different and should empower one another to make healthy choices to increase our happiness!