Getting Healthy: 500 Days Strong

Today marks the 500th consecutive day I have logged into MyFitnessPal.  I’m pretty sure I have NEVER done anything in my life before this for 500 days straight.  And this time it was for my health.  Honestly I couldn’t be more proud of myself for staying committed to something this long.

In 500 days I have changed my life.  It seems like a long time, but it really isn’t.  It’s 1 year and 4.5 months.  A lot more things in life take a lot longer than that amount of time.

In that time, I’ve done the following:

  • Lost 90 pounds total
  • Said goodbye to the 200s and welcomed a 1 in front of my weight for the first time in over 15 years.
  • Exercised 229 out of the 500 days
  • Logged 12,897 minutes of exercise.  Or 215 hrs or 9 days of the 500 days total.  That’s only 2% of my time spent on exercise during those 500 days. TWO PERCENT people!
  • Burned 136,031 calories from exercise
  • At 3,500 calories per pound, I only lost 39lbs of the 90 from exercise and 51lbs from diet alone.

Pssst…excuse me as I get on my soapbox and remind you that that means diet is more important than exercise….again.

  • Lost 11.5 inches from my waist.
  • Went from a plus size 20 to a normal size 10.
  • Started and completed 3 workout programs – Insanity, Focus T25, and 30 Day Shred
  • Stopped drinking soda
  • No longer frequent a fast food restaurant on a weekly basis.  Can’t even stand to eat McDonald’s.
  • Tried new foods, like green smoothies, chia seeds in oatmeal, kale, roasted cauliflower, black beans in everything (I love black beans), found alternatives to breads and pastas, and I eat A LOT of veggies and like them!

And most importantly, I changed my perspective on life and how strong I am, what my body can do, and how important mental health is as well as physical health.

iamstrongI wasn’t perfect out of those 500 days.  I had my ups and downs.  I had my great days where I logged every single calorie and every minute of exercise and stayed within my limits, my good days , my bad days, and my just plain ugly days where I logged it, but wanted to look away at the same time.  But the important part was that I stayed the course.  Just because I tripped up one day or one meal didn’t mean I gave myself an excuse to ruin all that hard work.  I recognized the bad, picked myself up, dusted myself off, had no regrets (most of the time…because you have to live a little), and corrected course.

So, all of this is to say that 500 days ago, when I really, REALLY got serious about taking back my life and my health, I had an idea in my head of what I wanted to accomplish (lose weight), but I never imagined what all else would follow.

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  1. magicmasonjar says:

    Your timing could not have been better on this one. I really, really, really needed to read something like this today. Thank you so much!

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