I've spent almost a year and a half now on this journey, and I'm nowhere near where I'd thought I would be. I gave myself a goal and wanted to reach it within a year. Whelp......that certainly didn't happen, but guess what??? I DID finally hit 30 lbs lost!! *Happy Dance* I've made quite a few changes the past month, which I was scared to do, but have actually helped.
The first change I made was I added back gluten to my diet. I had initially given up all breads, pastas, rice, potatoes, etc in July of 2015. I mainly did this in hopes of cutting down on inflammation in my body, and specifically to help with my heart palpitations, or PVCs. After 10 months with minimal to no real improvements to my palpitations, it started to become clear to me, that this was not the answer. Also, I found giving up gluten made me crave more sugary things. I had NEVER been much of a sugar eater, I was always a bread and pasta addict, but cutting those out for nearly a year drove me to sugar. I found that I was eating more calories in sugar than I should have been . The second change I made was, I started eating more calories. I had been consistently eating around 1100- 1250 maximum calories in a day for over a year. I've bumped this up to about 1400 per day. Another change is, I stopped working with a trainer. I wasn't seeing the results I had hoped for , and the time and money commitment was more than I was willing to continue to sacrifice for 0 results. After making these changes, I FINALLY hit 30 lbs lost.
I've learned so many things over the past year and a half. I've learned how to become extremely patient with myself. I've learned that physical and mental changes are equally important. Both changes do not come quickly and there's not a timeline to the changes. What works for me may not work for you and vice versa. I cannot honestly tell you that logging food will guarantee you success, but it might. I cannot honestly tell you that giving up carbs, sugar, and everything you might love to eat will guarantee your success, but it might. What I can tell you is, you are an individual, you aren't comparable to anyone else, your goals will be accomplished as long as you don't give up. While it may take me 10 years to get where I wanted to be in 1, I'm not stopping now.