Today is my second healthy anniversary (read the first here). I’m deep in this Healthy Living game and I have no plans of turning back. I wanted to celebrate so I thought, “What better way to celebrate than by revisiting my first series ‘The Beginning’ (Part 1, 2, and 3)?“
Around this time 2 years ago, I wrote those 3 posts to put my thoughts out into the universe. I celebrate today as my anniversary because I took my first set of measurements on this date! While revisiting ‘The Beginning’ series, I saw this (view video here.):
2 years later, I can say that I did exactly what inspired me about her: I kept going! Every so often, someone will ask me how I stay motivated. I try to keep it short but not today! Below, I’ll share the 5 things that helped me stay motivated!
1. I Did It For Me
I love my face! But my outfits can be a little much leaving my face looking plain. I’ve often wished I knew more about makeup but I felt like it was too much work (and product). Recently I saw this video featuring a simple natural look! It didn’t require that much time nor makeup! I spoke with several women I know who I trust with makeup questions (one is a makeup artist) and I spent two weeks researching and experimenting with a combo of what I had and a few new products. I love it! I’m slowly getting better at highlighting all these good, fine features! Notice the makeup wearing was all about ME!
Well, the same goes for my weight loss efforts. I loved my body! But I wanted to look better and more importantly, I wanted to feel better. Whenever I came across someone who was neck-deep in the Healthy Living game, I was in awe. All those “tips” we read in magazines and blogs are second-nature to them. I WANTED THAT! I could have done all the “lose weight fast” methods. I could have also not learned a single healthy habit.
Tip: Make a list of all the things you want. If any of them are for other people, put an X through it. This is about YOU!
2. I Tried New Things
Luckily, I’m one of those people who doesn’t mind experimenting! Especially with my food. I get bored with the “same old” so giving myself the greenlight to open up my palette was like Christmas! Except Santa is actually Pinterest and instead of gifts, I got recipes OWN DECK!
I also like researching. While I was enjoying the benefits of flaxseed meal, my mom heard about chia seeds. Do you know what she did? She planted the thought in my head through casual conversation because she knew I’d spend the next 2 hours looking into the matter…as I tend to do. It took me way too long to realize she always does this. -_-
Being open to trying new things helped for several reasons:
Trying new food items allowed me to broaden my palette and add way more food into my diet because i learned more about my body’s nutritional needs. Who doesn’t want more food?????
Trying new fitness techniques allowed me to properly push my body towards greatness. When you know how your body works, you realize you don’t have to live in the gym. You also learn what your body is capable of. And it’ll get you closer to your ideal figure!
Trying new ways of thinking allowed me to learn more about myself and what i want and need to be the best Dominique possible. My own weight loss efforts also showed me how to use my gifts to help others.
Tip: Try something new at least once a month. It can be a new food item, new recipe, new restaurant/cuisine, exercise, class, you name it.
Bonus: If you see something and you’re not sure what it is, go research it and plan to try it!
3. I Took It One Day At A Time
The difference between these photos represents (more than) 730 days! 17,520 hours! 1,051,200 minutes! Of me taking it one day, one hour, one minute at a time. Somebody go tell Jeezy I need a big, sexy hug and funding for my shenanigans list!
I wrote about my favorite Healthy Living quote in my first anniversary post:
The amount of joy and pride that filled my spirit this month when I realize I committed to and stuck with a massive goal I set two years ago is indescrible!
In 2012, I said that not only did I want to lose weight, I wanted to get healthy! I wanted my body to look and feel like God was my live-in physician. I wanted to adopt all the habits of truly healthy people. I wanted them to be second nature. In 2014, I can say I DID THAT!
All i had was this mediocre song by my high school boo in life, Silkk the Shocker. He’s still fine though! 😛
Every so often, somebody asks me, “What did you do?” and I’m all like O_O because it’s literally two years worth of information. Then I take a deep sigh and try to keep it simple. And after than, I feel special for being someone others go to with their questions. At which point I be like…
I can do all things through God who strengthens me and if you try to say I can’t, Jesus gon just look at you like, “TUH!” Meanwhile I have to go find a piano to perch myself atop……
Or perhaps a convertible!
Tip: Don’t worry about your vacation this summer, your weigh-in next week, or even your cheat day coming up. Just focus on today. And if you already “fell off the wagon” today, hop back on at your next meal!
4. I Learned My Body
My lowest weight days are Monday and Tuesday.
My highest weight days are Thursday through Saturday.
My body digests (minimally processed) gluten just fine.
My body struggles digesting meat (except seafood).
My iron is low.
My vitamin D levels are also low.
My obliques slim down before the rest of my abs.
My thighs are here to stay.
My left side is stronger than my right side.
My right butt cheek is more toned than my left.
My skin tone has never been so even and glowy.
My body is amazing (see photo above)!
I share all that to say, I know my body! I pay attention to every signal my body gives me. Suddenly exhausted and gloomy despite it being summer? I know my iron is low. Distraught and over life during the winter? I know I need Vitamin D to get me through it. Can’t lift my arms the day after a workout? I know I need to use smaller weights. Can’t focus despite getting enough rest? I know I need to open up my “Rambling Thoughts” GoogleDocs or pull out my “Sanity Notebook”. I also know I need less sugar and I probably ate out one too many times. Constantly itchy? I’m either having an allergic reaction or my stress levels are too high. I know I need to decompress.
Tip: Pay attention to your body. Pay close attention to your cravings, it usually means you’re missing a nutrient. So might your mood. Your skin will let you know how well your digestive system is performing. Your muscles will let you know if they need more or less work.
5. I Have A Support System
I have a lot of supportive people in my life. I’m truly blessed. I’ve gotten pretty good at dropping people who don’t bring positivity into my life. But I chose this picture because when I first started working towards my Healthy Living goals, Sara was always there to cheer me on at work! Besides myself, she was the first person who noticed the changes in my body. Every time I thought I ws the only person who noticed, she’d compliment me out of no where. She noticed how well I was controlling my indulgences. Or how committed I was to going to the gym. Or how I’d improved on my portion control. Most of the people in my life do this but she was the first because she saw me on a daily basis. We all need support. You don’t have to do it alone! 🙂
Tip: Be extremely selective of who you share your goals with. Some people are projecting their own feelings of inadequacy onto you. Others are just rude and don’t belong anywhere near you. Build your support team with positive people only.
So there you have it! I’m not perfect. Although I’m on top of my healthy eating habits and I’ve gotten much better at handling my anxiety, I still struggle the most with my workout schedule. But I’m not letting that stop me! I have two years of hard work to remind me that I can do it. I just have to keep going! 🙂
How deep are you in this young Healthy Living game? Do you struggle with any aspects of it? Did my list help?
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