How I Lost 20 Pounds

I recently uploaded a video about how I lost over 20 lbs. I only touched on how I did it, but it was truly an emotional feat for me. People always talk about the numbers, but that’s not as significant as it seems. If you’re curious, I’m 5’6.5 in height. At my heaviest, I weighed 160 lbs and I got down to 135 lbs. I basically lost 25 pounds and went from a US size 10 to 4-6.

How the weight gain affected my life

The weight gain had transpired during a difficult time in my life. Looking back, I realized how complacent I was in so many aspects of my life. I needed to change inside and out. Hopefully, my little elaboration will motivate someone else.

I gained weight during the final years of a long-term relationship which, to no surprise to myself and loved ones, was on its way to no where. My personal life was emotionally draining, I was completely demotivated in school and not entirely sure what my post-graduate plans were (this is still the case, but I’m ok with that uncertainty). To top it off, I felt physically unattractive post-breakup.

People noticed and I became even more self-concious about it! This was particularly true when I had to dress up to go out. The weight made me gravitate towards posting predominantly beauty related content.

How I lost 20 Pounds

So, I planned and executed the weight-loss over a 4-5 month period of diligence – hitting the gym 3-5 times a week and adopting healthier eating habits. I succeeded because I stuck to it no matter what and I was patient. I stayed motivated by tracking my progress weekly. I became addicted to my routine once I saw the subtle improvements both physically and emotionally.

In terms of my ‘diet’, it goes without saying that I never drink juice or carbonated drinks. I only drank plain water (sometimes with infused fruits), regular coffee sweetened only with a teaspoon of honey, tea, red wine… I rarely went out drinking during those months, but when I did I had vodka sodas. I talk about what I ate much more in the video above.

I used a pre-workout by Vega, which I purchased at Well.ca, where you can get $10 off your first order with code STEALB2016 (this is a referral code, I’m not affiliated). I always had a post-workout protein shake, but I don’t have a brand preference for that yet. For my workouts, I loosely followed this 16 week program, but I excluded or modified some of the workouts due to difficulty.

What I learned after I lost the weight

The biggest piece of advice I can give is that losing weight will not resolve your entire life. Sometimes we have the habit of saying, “I’ll be happy when I achieve X” and this is so unhealthy. I catch myself in that more often than I would like to admit. Just the achievement of losing weight in itself boosted my confidence, but it didn’t make major changes in any other aspect of my life.

Obviously, I’m still working on myself – we are all a work in progress until the day we die. Things get a lot easier when you learn to enjoy the process as opposed to being solely focusing on the end destination.

If there’s something you don’t like about yourself, do what is in your power to change it and adopt a positive outlook. It isn’t easy, but it is always worth investing effort in bettering yourself!

Have you ever struggled with weight gain? Share your stories and we can chat below.

This post is not sponsored.

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