If you follow me on Instagram, you know that over the last few months I have done some major dieting. Eating a diet that is predominately Vegan, Gluten Free and Refined Sugar Free, as well as taking the Trip-Plex combo from Plexus, has helped me to lose almost 30 pounds. While I am currently working on a major blog post about my diet and weight loss routine, complete with my favorite recipes, I wanted to take the time to talk about a positive body image. I “donut” know about you, but I firmly believe that this is the most important beginnings of any diet or weight loss routine.
For a good part of my life I was super skinny. Wearing around a size zero and barely tipping the scale at 110 pounds left my 5’7″ frame looking very small. After high school, depending on what was happening in my life, my weight would fluctuate, but at any given time I was never bigger than a size 8. Honestly though, I wasn’t happy. Even at my skinniest I didn’t truly love myself and was constantly comparing myself to other people. After having Vivi, I didn’t immediately bounce back. Even though I was breast feeding, the weight was not falling off. Not only this, but I was eating more to keep up with the demands of breast feeding and that had me packing on pounds. I tried various diets and even started taking Plexus, but I was never really serious about what I was doing. I never committed 100%. Not only that, but I wasn’t really dieting for the right reasons. I cared more about a number on a scale or the size of my pants than I did about how I felt. I was too busy comparing myself to a model in a magazine to see that I was beautiful and who I was as a person was worthy of self-love. Perhaps the worst thing, though, was that I was in no way portraying an image to my daughter of what a positive body image looked like. Changes needed to be made.
I think that a big reason that I was not 100% committed is because I was not happy with who I was or where I was in my life. Don’t get me wrong. I knew I had a lot to be grateful for… a supportive family, a sweet husband, an energetic daughter. I was blessed. But, I wasn’t happy with myself. I didn’t understand what it meant to love yourself. I truly believe that in order for a diet to work, and for you to be committed to a diet, you have to be happy with yourself. You have to love who you are as a person on the inside to be willing to make the necessary changes on your outward appearance. That self-love helps you to realize that a weight loss journey is a journey to be healthy, not a journey to achieve an impossible image. After joining a local group called Savannah Influencers and meeting an amazing group of girl bosses, I finally learned how to love myself. In January of this year I tipped the scale at 180 pounds and had to buy a pair of size 12 jeans. I was the largest that I had ever been in my life and knew that something had to change.
How I was eating and what I was putting into my body was not showing myself any form of love. I knew that something had to be done. I wanted who I was on the inside to reflect on the outside. Not only that, but I wanted to take care of my body. By nourishing it from the inside out I was showing self-love and that was the best thing that I could do for myself. My body is a temple, perfectly chosen for me by my Father in heaven. I should want it to be in the best shape possible. I began a very strict diet and Plexus routine to nourish my body from the inside. I honestly believe that the only reason that I have been so successful is because I truly do love the person that I am. I wanted to be healthy because I loved my body and with that, the weight loss came naturally. At 31 years old, I have never been prouder of who I am. I have worked hard to achieve everything that I have in my life and am so grateful for each and every opportunity. Because I achieved my positive inner body image early on in my journey, I am able to appreciate the loss of each and every pound even more.
So many people have asked me for my weight loss routine but I feel like this step in the journey is so much more important than actually the losing of the weight. If you are really wanting to lose weight I truly believe that you need to be able to look inside yourself and be happy with who you are as a person. That doesn’t mean that you are happy with the weight, or that you even believe that weight loss isn’t necessary. It means that you truly do love yourself and love the life that you are living. It is about coming to a point in your life where you want better for yourself because you believe that you deserve better. That is the number one reason that I think I have been so successful. Having reached a point that I truly did love myself, I was able to make my diet a normal part of my everyday routine and enjoy each and every part of the process. I wanted to be healthy and prolong this life that I now loved so much even more. I love meal planning! I love working out before bed! Most importantly though, I still love myself!
While I am super happy with the results that I have achieved so far, I am not quite at the weight and size that I hope to achieve. When I look in the mirror though, I am happy. I know that I am healthy and in the best shape of my life. I am portraying a healthy body image for my daughter and setting a positive example. I am showing her that it is not about the number on a scale, but about self-love and being healthy. I love myself and am so proud of how far that I have come. I will continue to keep pressing on until my desired results are achieved but, most importantly, I will continue to keep loving myself and who I am as a person. Nourishing my body from the inside out is the purest form of self-love. That love is the epitome of true beauty and reflects to the outside. It has helped me out so much on this journey and made me an even stronger person. I encourage each and every one of you to look inside yourself and start to love the person that you have become. That is the beginning of any journey and is a truly beautiful process.
Stay tuned because my weight loss routine is coming soon! Just make sure that you have completed this step in your journey before you begin! I love you all and think that each and every one of you is beautiful!
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