How I Lose Weight Every Week
My Journey Journal Week 8
Hello there and welcome to another edition of My Journey Journal. I know I say it just about every week, but man has this week been a rollercoaster for me. My absolute favorite gym is closing this Friday, my personal trainer is leaving for a while, my anxiety has been through the roof… But all-in-all, this week has been one of the best personal-growth weeks I’ve had in a long time. I’ve decided to start throwing some tips to help you lose weight into these posts as well. Keep an eye out for that! Let’s get right into it.
“Don’t Cry Because It’s Ending, Smile Because It Happened.” – Dr. Seuss
That’s been my mantra this past week. Yes, I am still upset about the closing of my gym. Yes, It’s a little irrational at this point. No, I don’t care, I’m still sad about it anyways. But I 100% do not regret joining that gym and have tons of great memories that I will cherish for a long time there.
I was trying to figure out why I’m still so upset about all of this going on, and then it hit me yesterday (somehow while I was doing the cardio circuit from hell. I have deeply connected with so many different amazing people at this gym. Four Zumba instructors whose classes I’ve attended regularly have lost their jobs (among other group fitness instructors that I hadn’t had the chance to meet). All three personal trainers at the gym had to find new places to work at. On top of that, there are several gym regulars who I’ve talked to who are going to be out and done too.
I never thought that I would get so connected to a gym. Every other gym I’ve been to has only been a location where people come to sweat and avoid eye contact with everyone else. I don’t think I ever got that vibe from my gym ever. People were crying during the final Zumba classes. Everyone was quitting in masses before Planet Fitness took over and started taking their money. These past two weeks at my gym have been nothing short of emotionally catastrophic for everyone who knew what was happening.
But it’s time to move on. Celebrate how cool and close-knit the people in my gym were, and take what I’ve learned on to the next part of my health and fitness journey.
Counting Calories to Lose Weight
If there is one thing that has been the most major factor of my weight loss success this far, it has been counting my calories every day without fail. That means counting calories:
- On cheat days
- If I go over my limit
- If I workout a lot or not at all
- If I don’t have exact measurements for the food that I consumed
- At restaurants
No matter what, I have counted my calories using the app My Fitness Pal for three months straight without fail. Sometimes, it’s not pretty. I have had a few binge eating days where my calorie count was in the 3,000’s. I still tracked it.
Progress is important, but so is knowing yourself. Learning what foods make your body fuller, learning everything you can about your cravings, figuring out your body in general are absolutely pivotal to weight loss success.
For me, this is so much more of a weight loss story. I want to pull back the curtain and show you my journey into knowing myself. I want to figure out my body, my mind, and my spirit in front of you so that you can do it too.
So yes, counting your calories every single day is hard at first. So is every habit. Keep going, make progress every single day and you will get there. We will get there together.
Thank you so much for reading this week’s Journey Journal. Leave a comment down below with something you’re glad you made a habit. See you next week!