- 4 years ago
- Wedding: April 2016 - Manhattan, NY
warmsoul1101: From puberty up until I was 21, I always had a bit of a tummy, no matter how hard I worked out. For the longest, I just thought my body was made that way and I never thought I’d have a flat stomach. My issue wasn’t overall weight loss, though I have experienced it (went from 150lbs to 130lbs over time), but all I really cared about was my troublesome belly. I had always had some digestive issues, and I learned that part of the issue was that I didn’t eat enough fiber, so a lot of the times my intestines were just full, causing me to have that bloated look.
After incorporating more fiber into my diet (which is something I still struggle with) I probably went from 150lbs to 140-145lbs. From there, I attempted to eat better just for the sake of being healthy. I used to snack on a ton of crap (lots of sweets, from baked goods to juices, and your usual snack foods like chips and crackers) without giving it a second thought. I would eat when I was bored or sad, not even stopping to think about whether or not I was actually hungry. Once I realized that, I made a conscious effort to only eat when I’m actually hungry, aside from a few small treats here and there. I don’t eat just to be doing something, and I rarely turn to food for comfort. I also snack healthier by eating more fruits and veggies, nuts, trail mix rather than processed things. I now weigh 130-135lbs since making an effort to eat better, without changing my exercise habits.
I still eat “bad” things too, but in moderation. My fiancé has also been a very good influence on my diet, as he has a few dfietary restrictions. He eats all organic and stays away from a lot of processed foods, so living together forced me to cook healthier for the both of us.