Health, Strength & Flexibility

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“To keep the body in good health is a duty… otherwise we shall not be able to keep our mind strong and clear.”
~ Buddha

Health has always been a big deal to me. I’m a bit of a hypochondriac so I like to use preventative measures to stop myself from getting sick. But just like most people, I fell off the wagon for a little bit. This led to a massive weight gain. I’ve mentioned it before on several of my blog posts, but at one point I had went up to 208 lbs. That’s no good on a 5’7 woman. This past year I wanted to lose weight and I did.

If you remember my post about my yoga practice (Breathing Life & Acceptance), you’ll remember I talked about pushing towards my goal and accepting where I was at that time. Well, I ended up reaching my pants and dress size goal a couple of months after that post. It was exhilarating. I was afraid I would never get back into a US size 8 jeans or a US size 6 dress ever again (at my largest, I was a US 16 in jeans). I went from 208 lbs to 148 lbs! Now, with my schedule more consistent, I am comfortably ranging between 152-155 lbs.

I’ve decided to push myself further. I’d been so focused on the way I looked, I really didn’t touch on the eating and strength side. Although I was losing weight like crazy it was more due to my busy schedule, youth and stress and not from working out. I wasn’t eating fast food all the time, but I was horrible at managing my diet.

After discussing it with my best friend and a coworker/friend who is really into healthy living, I decided to start back weightlifting and being more strict on myself when it comes to how I eat. I want to strengthen my body (specifically back and core) and increase my flexibility. I wanted to document my progress to inspire others the only way I knew best; photos, writing, and food!

This next part is going to be a bit hard for me. I’m going to show you all a timeline of photos (gulp!).

May 2008 (Senior year of High School at 125-130 lbs)

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January 2012 (208 lbs)

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April 2012 (around 190 lbs)

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January 16, 2013 (155 lbs)

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It’s not very pretty. Anyway, once a month I’ll post my progress as well as some photos of what I’ve been eating. Like such:

Baked Salmon over Asparagus & Mushrooms with Roasted Potatoes

Baked Salmon over Asparagus & Mushrooms with Roasted Potatoes

I hope you all take this journey with me.

Until next time,

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