I do believe that the first step to a healthier life should be taken in the head, mentally. You can have the best nutritionist or personal trainer on the planet, unless you change your mentality, nothing will change. My dear friend Marta (@martaantxx) knows exactly what I am talking about, she had a long battle with weight management. Please read her story about how she found motivation to finally do something for her health and well-being. #yourstory
I have had many attempts trying to lose weight and maintain a healthy lifestyle in the past ten years. I was going to the gym where I noticed that my body changed but I was unable to lose weight. When I stopped, I ended up in the same situation than when I started, nothing really changed. I was also doing a specific way of dieting, classifying food by a point system. But once I stopped keeping track of the points, I ended up being the same weight and in the same state again. It was somehow stuck in this cycle of losing weight, gaining weight.
When I was younger, I never had problems with my weight, but that all changed when I moved to a new country. I gained a lot of weight and I was not feeling comfortable in my skin anymore. Gaining weight during this transition was easy, but losing it was the real struggle. The only success I had during the years I spent abroad was when I had my little boy and started breastfeeding. That helped me to lose weight and get into a better shape. I was feeling much better and happier in overall. I was breastfeeding for about 7-8 months and it was amazing period for both, me and my baby. Unfortunately, once I stopped breastfeeding the weight came back immediately. I found myself dieting and going to the gym again in hope to get into a better shape and finally create a sustainable lifestyle, but my attempts were only successful for short periods of time. The real change happened when I moved back to my home country. I was diagnosed with high blood pressure. I was seriously concerned, but the doctors told me that by losing and managing my weight there is a possibility that I will be able to come off my prescribed medication. I realised that I had to do something for myself, my health and my family. That was around a year ago. I was excited to get back to regular exercise and a healthier diet, but my first attempt was not the most successful one. However, once the pandemic hit something changed. My sister told me about some live training sessions led by a famous health professional. The training sessions started to help people stay active during lockdown. It was my sister who motivated me to get moving and since then I have been able to join the live training 4-5 times a week. I have already managed to lose weight; I am feeling so much happier in my skin and the best part is I know that I am doing something great for my health and for the people who love me.