Tuesday, March 7, 2017

How I Stay Healthy and Happy

Hey ya'll! So todays post is a little different from what I usually post, but I feel that a big part of my lifestyle is being healthy and that also plays into my style as well.
Before I started college I heard about the notorious "freshman 15" and told myself that I would never let that happen to me.... wrong. Between keystone light and dining halls that stay open until 2 a.m. I had found myself to be a victim of the freshman 15. At the start of freshman year I weighed 120lbs and at the end of spring semester I weighed 135lbs (I'm 5'7") therefore in total I gained the true freshman 15.
Since I proved myself wrong in thinking that I wouldn't gain the freshman 15, I decided to make a comeback.
That summer I started to make healthier choices when it came to choosing a meal. I would get grilled chicken and vegetables instead of chicken fingers and French fries (which I shouldn't be eating off the kids menu anymore anyways). I also wasn't drinking as much as I do when I'm at school which is another big factor in weight gain. For exercise I would swim 200 meters about 4 to 5 times a week since I work at a pool. I lost about 5lbs that summer and I just wasn't satisfied with myself. I knew that I could do better.
When I moved back to school for my sophomore year I was determined to lose weight. I found myself becoming so infatuated with my weight that it started to become unhealthy. For about three months I was bulimic. I would binge and purge and also take laxatives to rid all the food from my body. Once I realized what I was doing to my body I stopped, it took a while but I eventually beat bulimia. (Sorry for the dark paragraph, this is real life and happens all the time but there's always a way out!)
After Christmas break I really started to put my foot down and make a change. I cut out (most of the time) all dairy and gluten products. Gluten and dairy are substances that the human body isn't capable of regulating properly, so it initially stores up in your body causing weight gain. I made sure I to eat a full serving of fruit and a full serving of vegetables each day. For exercise, I started out by walking at a fast pace and increased incline on the tread meal for 30 min each day. I also took a few yoga and spin classes.
As a week went by I noticed how much better I felt and how happy I was, motivating me even more. I began to run at least a mile, sometimes two, lifting weights, doing squats, and working my core everyday and making sure to drink a protein shake after each workout to ensure muscle recovery.
It has now been around two months since I started this journey and I have managed to lose weight the HEALTHY way and have kept it off. I am currently back to 120 lbs and can proudly say "suck it!" to the freshman 15. 
Here is a typical meal routine that I try to stick to:
Breakfast- high protein, protein bar. (I like zone bars)
Mid morning snack- banana, orange, green tea.
Lunch- a handful of almonds and pistachios, a few slices of turkey, blueberries, an apple, and cucumber slices.
Mid afternoon snack- this is usually when I work out so I have a post workout protein shake.
Dinner: a serving of brown rice, steamed mixed vegetables, and a chicken breast.
I really hope ya'll enjoyed this post as it brought me much joy being able to share this with ya'll! If anyone has any questions or would like to talk to me maybe about an eating disorder they are struggling with please please email me at katymclendon@hotmail.com and just know that help is out there and you can always find a way out.
XO, Katy

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