well, here i am. 15 pounds over my normal weight after going through a breakup (well, two actually) drinking a little too often with friends to talk about said breakups, and then traveling 6 weeks to europe eating every carb in sight. do i regret the carbs? nope. do i wish my pants fit? yep. so when i got home, i decided to jump on a new healthy track and to document it right here to keep me accountable. joanie, who works on the business side of designlovefest, is amazing at staying in shape. she’s always bringing a healthy lunch to work and talking about her crazy aerial yoga classes. to me, working out has always been very annoying. i’m lazy! i did get in shape about two years ago by going to bar method and felt amazing, but lost steam and got bored. wine was way more fun at the time.
my body has always gone up and down in weight. let me show you. i was pretty thin as a teenager and my first two years of college. i think i used to weigh around 118-120Ibs…
then i gained 30 pounds around 22 years old! (making me 148Ibs) this is when i realized my metabolism wasn’t the same and i went on birth control which put on an extra 10 pounds or so…
so shocked by the weight gain i decided to cut out almost all carbs and drink way less. by 24 i was the thinnest i had ever been, 112 pounds and i started eating pretty unhealthy honestly…like coffee and salad. i’m not trying to get back to that weight because it was too thin for me. i think at the time i was just so happy to not feel insecure about my body that i took it way overboard. i seriously looked like a bobble head!
over the next few years i maintained a healthy weight for me (125-128Ibs) and then when i started feeling myself slipping is when i went to bar method. it really toned my body and i could really notice a difference. i wish i could have kept that up…but kinda fell off the wagon.
now, i’m 29 years old, weigh 140Ibs, and i haven’t worked out in quite a long time. it’s interesting to see how people hold their weight differently. it’s always been easy for me to go up and down because my weight gain usually happens very proportionally, so i can barely notice until all of a sudden my pants are all tight (and it’s not because they were in the dryer) i also have size D boobs, which adds more weight to my frame. that’s usually one of the first places i lose the weight also. i don’t feel like i’m way overweight, but i just don’t feel comfortable in my body. you know when you start grabbing the clothes that cover you instead of showing you? and now it’s summer, so it’s time to face the music and get healthy.
so let’s talk about MY GOALS and how the column is going to work. joanie is my motivator and she’s going to be telling you her story too below. we are going to document the kinds of classes we are taking (i’ve already gone to 4 this week), what we are eating and not eating, and finally the progress that i’ve (hopefully) made. i have a short term goal of 2 months to feel better about my body before a summer beach vacation with friends, and a longer term goal to feel healthy and fit by my 30th birthday in january. i can do it! and i hope it motivates you to do it with us!
joanie: i’m psyched that bri wants to start working out. i’m all about the workout partner and i find that having someone to exercise with is a huge motivation. it’s one thing to miss your morning workout when it’s you and another thing entirely to leave your friend hanging at the 7am class. this will be fun to do together.
joanie: working out for me has been a journey, i grew up in an active family which actually made me not want to exercise at all since i was around it all of the time. i didn’t take my health seriously until college. starting the road to fitness is always awkward and uncomfortable, running hurts, there’s an annoying learning curve in your classes where everyone is doing the moves and you’re lost and it feels like you’ll never catch on. so i started the only way i knew how and that was by committing to run three times a week for 25 minutes and i hated it but i did it anyway. and now i have a system, i know i need to take classes because i’m not self motivated enough to hit the gym and push myself. i think i’ve tried every crazy fitness trend that has hit LA, and trust me, there’s a lot of them. current favorite workout is the sweat class, here. welcoming, fun and intense! i use this yoga mat, and i highly recommend it. a bit of an investment but i’ve had mine for years and it’s great.
bri: this week i have done 4 workout classes. it’s been fun to try new things. strength yoga was day 1. i liked it, i felt like it was a good workout but not too difficult (i have only done yoga once before) i think i could get into it. day 2 was pop physique which is way more intense. it’s very similar to bar method but i find it’s faster pace and a little harder. day 3 was bar method. i was happy to be back in that room where i made all the progress before, so my nostalgia might be taking over here. it was my favorite workout so far because i like how comfortable it is in that studio, i love how the teachers give you individual help, and the pace is nice. the only downside to bar for me is that it’s the same workout every time so it can get a little tedious after a few months. day 4 was “flow” yoga which was slow and i wanted to jump off a cliff i was so bored. the moves hurt my bad knees and ankle, and i just wasn’t into it at all. maybe i was just in a weird mood, but that was just too slow for me. i want to try pilates, dance, and cardio bar this week!
joanie: i took about a 3 year break from cooking and have recently finally gotten back into it. some recent favorites are these quinoa patties, so simple and delicious, sweet potatoes prepared like this and shishito peppers which i purchased at the farmers market and pan fried, they were so good.
bri: like i said above, i have been eating veeeery bad for a few months. i was feeling sad and i just wanted to indulge. i probably had wine almost every day with dinner (which sounds bad when you say it out loud, but hopefully some of you can relate) 2 days a week i would have a cocktail or three with friends. pasta, pizza, white rice, bread…i have been just GOING FOR IT. when i got back last week, i slowly started to eat better each day. i have only had 2 nights of drinking with friends and one was a holiday. i’ve been eating around 1200-1500 calories a day. (i use the lose it app to keep track!) a typical day of eating right now for me would be: egg whites, black beans and red pepper for breakfast. or maybe a brown rice cake with avocado and a pressed juice. grilled chicken breast and a small salad for lunch. white fish with brussels sprouts and brown rice for dinner. luckily, i really do like eating healthy if i cook at home. it’s pretty easy to manage. my problem is that i usually eat out 5 times a week with friends, dates, or social events. my self control sucks when i am at a restaurant, so i am trying to stay home more often to adjust. what are some of your favorite healthy recipes, i would love to hear!
joanie: in terms of my current state, i’m already living a pretty healthy/active lifestyle. i workout 3- 4 days a week and eat moderately. so i’m not in this with bri for weight lose but to continue the healthy journey that’s so easy to abandon!
bri: well, i just weighed myself yesterday and it said 140Ibs. not ideal for me. i have a goal of 125 that i hope i can make over the next 6 months. i will say that without the alcohol/sugar i already feel less bloated in my stomach and face and more clear headed. the workouts are making me feel better in my body because i’m sore pretty much everywhere so it feels like something is happening. and i can honestly say my mood has been really positive and happy this week. it’s cool to start a new goal, so i am feeling really excited right now. just hope i can keep it up! your comments and stories will really help me, i promise. let’s do it together! i’ll do my best to keep up with this, and will stay totally open and honest through the process. thanks for following along!