Two weeks ago I started a weight loss journey doing the Calorie Deficient diet which is where you eat no more than a certain amount of calories a day. It has been a pretty easy week, though usually when you start something new you can keep it up for a few weeks. After that the seriousness of what you're doing hits you. Some can't maintain the restrictions and some test the boundaries by saying 'well today I can eat more than I should because I can just eat less tomorrow'. The only problem with that; and I know it is for me is, that it becomes a constant thought and before you know you're not doing the diet.
HEY Y'ALL!! Yes, that's me above. And to be very clear, it's two different "mes" in both photos. I don't mean that by just the physical appearance. By how you can see my skin looks different between the two, or by how you can see the difference in the weight in my face. When I started losing weight, not only did my body become different but so did my mind, spirit, and soul!!
Let’s be honest. None of us, not even the most confident of us, are always on the top of our game. Though we often expect ourselves to be. And if there is one thing you hear about in a weight lifting community, it’s grit. Defined as courage and resolve, or strength of character. When you are trying to pull a bar twice your bodyweight off the ground or stand it up out of the hole, you're going to need courage and resolve. You’re going to need strength of character to back up your physical strength because no amount of physical strength will accomplish that feat alone.
Well hello there all you readers, I would like to introduce my name. My name is Hunter. I am not perfect and I do make mistakes. One thing I'm good at is taking pictures of myself but not just to take them. I recently bought these pair of jeans and crop top at Target. They were a pretty good deal. Today I'm here to show you how great I've been doing with my new lifestyle. I do have losses and wins. So in this story I will describe how they happened.
Do you have trouble losing weight? Have you tried what feels like EVERYTHING and nothing works? Have you tried eating healthy and STILL gained weight? Have you tried exercising and STILL gained weight? Are you ready to lose weight and finally keep those pounds down? I'm going to share with you my secret. It's nothing fancy, and the average person can do it. You don't have to pay hundreds of dollars for a membership, and honestly, you don't even have to exercise on a regular basis. Please remember before reading further that everyone's body is different and what may work for me may not work for you.
So I recently got into consistently working out. I used to on and off workout and used to be very self-conscious about weight. I am still a little self-conscious about my weight, but working out helps. Since quarantine started I needed things to do, to keep me busy. I realized I wasn't happy with my weight and how I looked. I ended up browsing around trying to find a workout routine that would work for me since some of my other attempts didn't really work out for me. So while browsing around I found the youtube called Chloe Ting. I saw some of her result videos and thought "Why not give it a try?"
In January 2020 I decided I wanted to lose some weight so I fired up an app on my phone, began religiously recording every calorie I consumed and made an effort to have a deficit of about 500 calories a day from the 2,500 recommended limit. It was miserable.
1. Determination isn't sustainable
I was 18 in 2013 and like many others, I wanted to lose weight and as a new year's resolution I said heck it, let's do it. I was overweight throughout my childhood and I needed a win for myself after going through heartbreak. I was going to prove to everyone that I could do it. I started with the infamous Jilian Michael's 30 day shred.