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.
I 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.