Today I weighed myself and I’ve gained literally all of the weight I lost 2 years ago. The first 15lbs I gained back were understandable. The first time that I’d lost weight, it was for vanity purposes and I was enduring a high amount of stress. As my life began to balance out, I went right back into the eating habits that led to the initial weight gain. If it weren’t for the fact that I continued living a very active lifestyle, I would’ve probably gained way more.
Despite my regular physical activity, I’ve been gaining weight for 2 months now, and I suspect that there are a few factors causing my weight gain. One is a select few foods that I believe are responsible for my excess calorie intake. Second is the fact that my lifestyle doesn’t really support healthy living. And finally, a genetic disorder/pre-disposition. As a rather new believer in holistic medicine, I know that all 3 of these can be treated and that I can regain control over my health before it’s too late.
Now, it may seem like I’m freaking out. I’ve only gained about 30lbs over the last 3 years, so it shouldn’t be that big of a deal- right? Not quite. My concern isn’t just with the number on the scale. I come from a family of women who lose control over their bodies, some even losing their mobility. The main culprit of their downfall is an unquenchable appetite for fatty foods and poor eating habits carried from childhood. I don’t want to be a slave to food and I don’t want to look up one day and find myself weighing hundreds of pounds, unhappy with my appearance, and lacking the ability to care for myself.
So, what am I going to do about any of this?
As a Nutrition major and an experienced Health Program Coordinator, I know the fundamentals of improving the health of individuals. I’m going to apply some of my knowledge to my own situation. I know that it would be impossible for me to try and “fix” every aspect of my life that is unhealthy, but it’s time I start to focus my energy on creating a lifestyle that promotes my healthiest self.
Also, I’m only going to work on my health plan, one BABY-step at a time. In fact, I’ll be spending at least an entire week focusing on each one.
This week, I’m going to focus on the areas of my life that don’t promote health. I will identify them and brainstorm some solutions to make a permanent change. Off of the top of my head, I can think of a few problems;
- Being too “busy” with school, work, and personal projects
- Always needing food on the go
- Being surrounded by people with eating habits that aren’t healthy for me
Next, I will think of ways to tackle each issue. For example, I should prioritize my health over the things I’m usually “busy” with. The time I spend on social media can be spent exercising or cooking, even journaling. The time I spend at work, I could be munching on healthy snacks like berries and I could even be stretching a little bit.
Tomorrow, I’ll take at least 30 minutes to continue making this list and potential solutions. By the end of the week, I’ll post what I’ve come up with! Wish me luck~
Baby steps always add up!