I’m exhausted and will fix any typos in the morning. I just wanted to get this out there for now.
One of the things I’ve been working towards but struggling with is weightloss. A huge problem I had was in regards to the Paxil. Over the last 6 years, I put on about 80 lbs as a result of the drug and I hate it.
I’ve lost about 15 lbs since January (when I was completely off Paxil) and it feels pretty good.
One of the things I’m worried about and perhaps it’s vanity, but I want to avoid loose skin. Being healthy is more important but I know a lot of people struggle with that after significant weightloss, especially on an emotional level.
While the fear of loose skin will not deter me from losing the weight, I do want to control the process. Frankly, my metabolism has always been really high and when I came off the medication that was causing the weight gain, my body is purging the weight on its own.
I don’t have a longterm weightloss goal right now because I don’t know where I want to be.
I could say that I want to lose at least 50 lbs and that would take me down to 270 lbs, but that’s just an arbitrary number.
For most of my late teens and early twenties, I was a body builder. Not like super crazy but I lifted for about two hours a day, six or seven days a week. I was in amazing shape and it’s how I effectively managed my depression back then.
My weightloss goals are more about feeling better, having more energy and being the best me that I can be. I deserve that and so does my family.
I’ve been watching some very inspirational people on YouTube recently and I’m feeling motivated to reinvigorate my weightloss journey.
One of the things I want to do is set very reasonable goals. I want to approach weightloss as a process and not just a phase. That means I understand that it took years to get here and it may takes years to get where I need to be, wherever that is.
My main focus is going to be improving my diet/nutrition goals and increasing exercise. I’m not gonna lie to you, as much as I want to exercise, it’s not easy to make myself do it. That’s something I’m struggling with right now.
I want to find a balance between cardiovascular fitness and strength training. I know my way around the weight room quite well but as that’s not available to me, I’m using TRX instead. If you’re not familiar with TRX, here’s good video to check out.
It’s very low impact and extremely effective. That said, it requires some planning and patience because it’s not as easy for me as hitting the weights. I have to find or come up with exercises that accomplish what I already know how to do with free weights.
What I want to do is lose about one pound per week. Once I’ve lost a yet to be determined amount, I will plateau for a bit. This is important because it gives my body time to adjust, heal and recover. That includes my skin.
At the same time, it also makes sure that what I’m doing is sustainable.
I want to focus on nutrition as well. I hate eating most veggies but I can do them in a smoothie. My research shows that it doesn’t matter whether I eat them raw of blend them up, it’s still a a positive thing for my body.
I’ve already been on some basic supplements for a little while now as well.
My doctor has had me on a statin for awhile now because my cholesterol was borderline. I’ve learned that over time, statins can also remove essential enzymes that the heart needs and so I’ve been taking COq10.
I’m also taking krill/fish oil everyday, as well as garlic. Both of these things are good for the body and help to naturally balance out cholesterol. Although, as I was writing this, I found some articles online in reputable places that express concerns over fish/krill oil so I need to double check with my doctor.
Lastly, I take my Men’s One Day vitamin.
My overall goal is to improve my health, slowly lose weight and make sure what I’m doing is something I can sustain long term.
This needs to be an overall lifestyle change and not just a detour along the way.