I’m Bell and I have a confession to make.
I’m obese. VERY OBESE. OBESE CLASS III OBESE…
On July 11, 2019, my scale glowed a bright blue and revealed the number 240.8 lbs.
That was my breaking point. I knew I had to change because I was too young to let weight hold me back from doing the things I want to do.
I had the experience of losing weight before. I lost 25 lbs from eating once a day and lifting heavy.
My workload at school got busier since I was a senior, but weight loss is generally 80% diet/20% exercise. So it was time to get my diet in order.
I was 24 at this point. I knew if I wanted to get healthier and stay healthy, I needed to make a lifelong change. OMAD or One Meal A Day worked comfortably for me before, so I was going to stick with it.
Through a ton of trial and error, I learned about my body and eating habits.
Learning more about weight loss in a sustainable way helped too.
I began learning how to appreciate my body for its current state and getting me to this point in my life.
I went to therapy and starting reframing my negative thoughts on how I looked.
I began to feel happier and the weight started to drop.
I wouldn’t necessarily call it body positivity, but I knew my mental health was making my life a self-fulfilling prophecy.
I lived at college during this time and would internally compare myself to more fit individuals and even my slimmer friends in the most negative.
After realizing that I was comparing myself to things, looks, and people I didn’t actually want to be, it clicked.
Become something only you can be because you are just as great as anyone.
So I started OMAD, but I focused on changing a few small habits at a time.
- Learn what my usual cravings are and prep for them.
- Understanding I had to relearn what actual physiological hunger felt like.
- Building an exercise habit, regardless of how little the activity was
- Making a conscious effort to talk to my support group about my feelings on this journey.
It took me 10 months to get from 240.8 lbs to 199 lbs.
I could have done it faster, but I am making a change for good to be a healthier me.
Whatever that looks like.
On this blog, I write about health topics like OMAD, my weight loss journey, other insights I have learned on my path to becoming the best me I can be, and other lifestyle topics.
And would love to share those pieces of me with others out there who think they are alone in this.
Because you aren’t. We are in this together.