My Journey in a Nutshell...
I'm an increasingly happier mom to an amazing 13 year old boy, trying to navigate the many curves of life. Including my own!
Being thick has been my thing since forever. 2016 was a seemingly good year with a healthy path in view, until an auto accident added some road blocks. This accident resulted in a back & neck injury that sent me into a tailspin. Being 28 at the time, confused and distraught. Simple tasks like laundry, cleaning, walking, all became near impossibilities most days. Food and pain meds that once helped became allergies, due to my hormones being a mess from Endometriosis.
Fast-forward to 2020 trying again to restart my life when... (In Cardi B's voice) "CORONA VIRUS!" happens. Feeling uneasy, and set back, having realized there's one controllable aspect - my body. Exercising had been an impossibility. Walking couldn't exceed 20-30 minutes without intense pain, and the slightest incorrect move incapacitated me for hours or days.
Determined to find SOMETHING that works, three weeks into quarantine, my game plan began to form. Like any good millennial, I scoured YouTube for standing, low impact short workouts. Eureka! A video came up that looked achievable! An 8 minute low impact standing workout! Remember that's 8 minutes previously spent binge watching Netflix, or taking brisk strolls to the kitchen.
Believe it or not, this short exercise was difficult for me to master. At times I had either over done it, or twisted the wrong way. After accomplishing the 8 minute video, I ventured trough the same channel and found a 20 minute workout, which I still use.
Two months passed since April and I was seven pounds down. Reaching a standstill, amping up my game was the logical next step. After searching Google, I found VShred. The program was working for me with a few modifications further described in my posts.
My VShred journey began May 11th. I'm aware that my progress will be slower than most due to modifications. However, I haven't seen myself at this weight in 4 years, and thought weight-loss was an impossibility. Feeling victorious, I know that my goal of getting into a size 10 or maybe size 9 jeans is attainable!
Fast Forward to 2023>>>>>>>>>>
I' back again! New me once again. always trying to improve. 2020 was the first year i realized that my body could actually lose large amounts of weight. I've never been a yo-yo dieter, or stuck with much of anything that wasn't natural. That year I also had A LOT of time on my hands to track, weight, measure everything. 2021 happened, and things started getting busier, 2022 absolute insanely busy, work life skyrocketed for me, mental health was a huge priority. I had to get myself stable financially, and mentally before I had the capacity again to add in my physical health.
My body took the biggest hit on my way to financial & mental health success, but I could not be more proud of the progress that has been made to get me to today. December 2022, just before Christmas is when my physical health journey was beginning to form again. I got very sick! I was so sick, that I could not be present, or enjoy what would likely be my last California Christmas at home. My body simply could not heal. I got a sinus infection, that lead to bronchitis, and was impossible to shake for weeks! That was wake up call number one. 2023 had to be the year I added physical health to my journey.
January 2023 I began searchign for how on earth I could approach a healthier lifestyle with my life. How could I possibly fit more in my days? I think I found a way to fit it in, with LESS work, and more productivity with Ilana Muhlstein's Ig & book in my tool belt. No more diets! Fingers crossed that this year I can have everything I want.. well be on the path at least, and crush some massive goals along the way!
*While I'm not a health professional, you're welcome to accompany me on this sinuous journey. I'll be posting as much as possible, hoping to find kindred souls along the way. Did I mention, Cooking and baking are hobbies of mine? Plenty recipes, and nutrition ideas will be throughout. Feel free to leave a supporting comment or two, It would make a world of difference to me!