An Underweight Start
So many weight loss stories I read start out with I was overweight my whole life. My secret – I was not. I’d fell in the underweight category up to probably my sophomore year in high school. It was at that point I started to steadily gain weight but through high school I stayed in the healthy range. I didn’t really notice the weight gain for whatever reason – probably because up until then I was always know as “skinny”. Before I started college I started to equate the fact that most guys associated “skinny” with attractive. So thus began my first attempt to lose weight. I went into my freshman year of college determined to lose weight but the drinking and food got the best of me and I remember weighing myself at the end of my freshman year devastated to find my weight had peaked at 153 pounds.
My Previous Success:
At that point I was determined to lose weight. However summer came and went without much effort. I got back to school and I started exercising. I began to work out 4-5 days per week. I didn’t pay much attention to my diet. I continued this throughout my junior year and I remember being shocked seeing my weight below 130 – a number I hadn’t seen in years. I had never really set a weight loss goal but thought I might want to be around 125. However, I injured my knee that year and needed surgery – and that was my downfall. I never really got back to working out after the surgery.
Where I am Now
To read more about my ups and downs with my weight over the past 6 years see this post. My lack of success comes down to not focusing on both the Exercise Trifecta and healthy eating. In the past I also made weight loss about vanity instead of living a healthy lifestyle. I started my (final) weight loss journey at 5’3” and 164 pounds.
This time it will be different
So here I am now – determined to lose the weight once and for all. However, this time it is different – I am focused on a healthiness & happiness journey with a side effect of weight loss.
Why Happy Skinny Fit
If this is a healthiness & happiness journey then why is skinny in my blog title? It is “Happy Skinny” a term I read in The Skinny that stuck with me over time.
“Enjoying your food and enjoying your body. That’s how we define happy skinny. It’s not about a dress size. It’s about experiencing pleasure and being comfortable in your own skin.”
Fit – the other component of my blog title is more self-explanatory. Personally I want to get find now – while I’m still in my 20 and build that base (while its easier) that will continue with me for the rest of my life.
Food & Cooking
My food philosophy is ever developing. I am trying my best to really limit processed foods. I try my best to eat seasonally – but I am not a strictly seasonal eater. I’m not a vegetarian and do not plan on becoming one – but I do try and limit the meat I consume. I limit my portion sizes when I consume meat. I also try to incorporate meatless meals into my diet several times a week. I really enjoy cooking. I find there is something more satisfying when you eat the food you prepared yourself. Also its been said a million times before – you can control what is going into it so it makes it easier to keep your diet healthy. I try and cook at least one new healthy meal every week.
I struggle with the concept of balance so tracking is essential for me right now. It keeps me mindful. Mindful, balanced eating is still a learning process for me. I currently track with Weight Watchers. In the past I have used Weight Watchers, The Daily Plate (livestrong), and Spark People. I don’t necessarily love Weight Watchers– but I do love some of the graphs and charts it provides me to analyze things – so it is what I’m using for now.
The Exercise Trifecta
Or having a balance of cardio, strength training, and flexibility. I first laid eye on this term over at http://fitbottomedgirls.com/. Let me tell you after reading it I had a real a-ha moment. Looking back on my journey the only time I was truly successful in weight loss I had the Exercise Trifecta going on (and probably didn’t even know it). I wish I could say I had the Exercise Trifecta going on now– but I’m struggling to get there.
Cardio – Run/Walking three times per week. Trying to walk the dog 5 times per week. I also own a bike again (after many years) and am trying to get out a couple times a week.
Strength – I am trying to do a core workout twice per week. I know I need improvement in this category.
Stretch – I have the Nike yoga for runners I downloaded from itunes. I am trying to do this after my runs. Working on stretching more!