Being Overweight Is Such A Problem
Being overweight is taxing both physically and emotionally; I know from experience. I grew up being very active and playing many sports; however, as my activity level declined my eating habits did not and I ended up gaining weight. I am a 5’6″ female and I weighed 162 pounds with 30% body fat. Today I am still that 5’6″ female, but I weigh 124 pounds. I lost 38 pounds in 3 years. How did I do it? Honestly? – I let myself by happy.
I never liked my body, but once I finally stopped hating it and let myself be happy I was able to lose the weight. I became happy by accepting who I was. This acceptance helped me decrease my stress, I increased my sleep, and made sure I did something active every day. As I got happy and less stressed I was able to start losing weight, so I began to pay attention to portions; before I dished up more I’d ask myself, “Am I really hungry? Or am I satisfied?” I also began to keep my sweets in check without cutting them out completely by asking myself if I really needed it. I increased the amount of water I drank and I took a very active job. This change in my outlook and getting my life in control helped me lose 35 pounds in one year and I thought I’d reached my weight loss limit and never be overweight again.
Get Married and I Got Overweight
Then life happened. I got married and was still in school so over the next 5 months my weight went up about 147 pounds; then I got pregnant. During my pregnancy I made it a point to be healthy; I made healthy food choices and exercised lightly by swimming, going to zumba classes, walking, and riding my bike. Because I exercised during my pregnancy, and started right up with classes at the gym after the baby came, the weight fell right off and I lost another 23 pounds in six months. Now, I exercise by taking my son out each day for a run or a bike ride and I enjoy teaching him how to have an active lifestyle.
If you are trying to lose weight, make it easy on yourself by working out at home. But be sure to find out what the best at home exercise equipment is before you make your big purchase.