My name is L-Jay (26) and I currently live in Florida. I have created this website to share my personal weight loss goal of 65 pounds and counting and to also provide valuable nutritional and fitness information to those of you who are interested in living a healthier lifestyle. I am a active runner and Crossfit athlete.
Whether your goal is to lose weight, build lean muscle, or simply maintain a healthier lifestyle this site will provide you with all the information you need.
How I got started: I decided to lose weight when I was at my all time high of 265 pounds on December 19th, 2008. A normal day of eating for me consisted of bagels and coffee in the morning and fast food for lunch and dinner. I also had a constant sugar cravings, which I would satisfy with chocolate, cakes, cookies, ice cream and milkshakes.
I never really felt comfortable going out with friends, taking pictures, meeting new people or even going to school and work. My self-esteem was always low, and my health suffered severely. I had high blood pressure and high cholesterol, and I was borderline diabetic at age 21. It was time to make a lifestyle change.
How I did It: I followed a healthy eating regimen and portion control, I ate a wide variety of whole foods, including healthy nuts, vegetables, fruits and whole grains. In addition, I eat complex carbohydrates that take longer to break down in my body and provide steady energy(oatmeal, or sweet potatoes). I avoided simple carbs such as white flour and refined sugars that can spike my blood sugar and lead to weight gain.
The biggest change was basically limiting myself to a certain group of foods. Portion size was also a major change for me. On previous “diets” I pretty much ate all that I wanted. I would pour on salad dressing until it covered the entire salad, but I taught myself to control my salad dressing portion to 2 tablespoons per serving.
And working out was also an important part of my diet, I would workout 5-6 days a week focusing primarily on cardio type workouts and would concentrate on weight training 2-3 days a week. Currently I am proud to say that I am 192 pounds and I am focusing on losing my last 12 pounds to reach my goal weight of 180 pounds. I began running and recently competed in my first 5k race on June 6th, 2010 in which I came in 2nd place.
Words of Encouragement: The key thing for me that enabled me to lose the weight was staying positive and focused. Posting pictures of your idea body type from magazines on your bedroom door or refrigerator will help to keep you motivated and your eye on the prize. Also, don’t let anyone tell you what you CANT do because you CAN, and don’t let friends influence you on breaking your eating habits because they see you doing well.
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