One piece of advice that has always stuck with me is “You can’t love someone else if you don’t love yourself.” If you aren’t comfortable in the skin you wear and take it out on your significant other, that is your own issue that you need to address. Around two weeks ago, I started this new diet that focuses on the ingredients that are in the food we eat. So many things pass as being okay to eat, but can cause serious side effects if large amounts of certain ingredients are consumed. I’ve always been a foodie, but I’ve also gone through some unstable mood changes/fatigue and I believe one of the main causes for that has been a poor diet. Below I’m going to share the first two weeks of this adventure that I decided to partake in and I hope to inspire people to be the best that they can be inside and out!
Starting Weight: 160 lbs
Week 1 Weight: 156.4 lbs
So I came up with this idea because pictures would show me the changes my body goes through & prevent me from cheating as much if pictures are being publically posted.
In the past, I have worked out with my friend Steph and old friend John who were both great inspirations to keep my determination strong. One of the issues with both was my diet. With Steph, I would barely eat anything after lifting weights and burning 600-800 calories on the treadmill and with John, I would eat junk food like pizza that defeated the purpose of trying to live a healthy lifestyle.
This first week was tough in a couple different ways. Staying on track seemed impossible & I felt like support was slim to none. Going out to eat you don’t know what is going into the food they are preparing, but in the past, things like that would stress me out into where I started suffering from an eating disorder. I also felt like many people that love and care about me weren’t going to understand why I’m doing this. Reasons for me going through with this will be told throughout various posts.
One of the reasons I am doing this is for my grandmother who passed away at age 69 to kidney failure that was linked to a poor diet. I believe that passing away from food is avoidable & not the way she wanted to leave this Earth. But food is like a drug; you sometimes don’t even realize that you’re addicted to certain foods that could be harming your insides. I went out to eat this week and I probably consumed something not healthy, but I also didn’t let that break my determination or confidence in being happy & healthy.
My facial expression in each photo is going to summarize how the week went. So I used a more serious expression, but this is also just the beginning.
Week 1 Weight: 156.4
Week 2 Weight: 154.4
My goal is to not lose weight, but gain muscle. But it’s nice to be losing fat that was gained from my poor diet & lack of exercise.
This week was better as I compiled together a general work out routine to perform at least 3 days a week. Diet wise went better too. I forgot to mention during week one I removed a lot of food from my cabinets that had ingredients like palm oil, high fructose corn syrup, and others. Week two my house was filled with some healthier options. I used to get a headache once a day and I thought maybe it was from work (stress-related), but this week not one headache. Thiamin mononitrate was an ingredient in some of my foods and apparently that ingredient is known for causing headaches & migraines. It all makes sense now!
My mom was being supportive & then not supportive one day, but I know she cares and is probably worried that I’m not eating. But instead, I’m eating my three meals and barely snacking out of boredom anymore. I don’t know about you guys, but I’ve been guilty of watching Netflix & eating whatever I can get my hands on while I watch various shows. Hopefully that will be a thing of the past! It has been so far :).
©Frank Anthony 2017