My Health Journey: Weight Loss, Diet, Happiness


heya friends!

Today, I will be focusing on something a little different: my health journey. I didn’t want to make this a “How to Lose Weight” or “The Best Diet to Get Slimmer” post. This is essentially and simply how I became healthier, which happened to yield weight loss. I’ve always believed that a healthy body can come in all different shapes and sizes. This is for anyone who needs help taking that first step to health. Maybe this might even motivate anyone? I just thought it would be an interesting post to put on my little bloggie since my health journey is a part of me.

Freshman/Sophomore Year of College

Being away from my parents and having the freedom to be out as late as I wanted with my friends was one of the biggest changes that had happened to be when I started college. I was always a sheltered kid so I really took advantage of it. Funny enough, I didn’t use these late-nighters to drink and party. My friends and I would get the late night munchies and devour popcorn chicken, fries, burgers, sugary boba teas almost every. single. night. We would just walk around, chill at 24/7 fast food restaurants, and just hang out! Little did I know that I was actually gaining some weight. But it wasn’t my physical appearance that I noticed first, it was the way I was feeling. I was so sluggish and fatigued every day while walking to class. I would lose my breath so easily from walking up a little hill. I had acne sprinkled all over my face, chest, and back. I started getting  bad indigestion at least 3 to 4 times a week so I had to carry Tums around me with everywhere haha. I just didn’t feel good.

The Summer b/w Sophomore and Junior Year 

That summer I didn’t need to take summer school so I decided to focus on my health. How do I get rid of this constant fatigue? Why can’t these stubborn pimples disappear? Statistically speaking, I had gained 20 pounds and was at around 140 at a 5’3” height. So I wasn’t obese or huge, I was just chubby. Once again, it was not my appearance I really worried about, I was more annoyed about how I physically felt. So, I decided to change my lifestyle.

Exercise

I got a gym membership with my sister and we went to the gym every day for 3 months. We would skip weekends sometimes. At the gym, I would run on the treadmill for as long as I could at a speed I was comfortable with. I would stretch and use whatever weight machines I knew how to use. I didn’t do anything fancy but I was consistent. I would work out at least 5 times a week. Then again, I had an ample amount of time during that summer.

Diet

I cut down fast food and junk food to once a week. I was allowed one cheat day. On the other days, I only ate home-made food. I didn’t eliminate any particular food group from my diet, I just ate wholesome, fresh meals that either me or my mom prepared. I didn’t even keep track of calories, fat-intake, how many carbs I was having, etc…I just ate when I was hungry until I was satisfied. I used to eat until I was stuffed and my tummy was bulging. I learned to control that and stopped eating until I was content.

Sleep

I slept at around 10 pm each night and woke up anywhere between 7-8am which gave me a good 9 hours of sleep! This really helped me and was a major component of how I cleared my acne. I was also energetic in the morning and actually wanted to work out and get out of bed. Sleep is truly something we take for granted; our body heals and restores itself during this time so it’s so important to develop a healthy sleeping pattern.

Attitude

I stopped being lazy. I stopped complaining about not wanting to exercise and not wanting to eat the meal that was in front of me. In the beginning, all I did was whine. I wanted In N Out and McDonald’s soooo bad. Eating junk food really is an addiction. But then I realized that complaining was such a waste of time and energy! I could use that energy to do something positive.

The Results

I didn’t know exactly how much that summer changed me until I went back to college. All my friends told me I looked great and that I had changed! I honestly didn’t really notice what I looked like after because I was so busy trying to physically get better. I hadn’t weighed myself at all either so I finally decided to step on the scale. Turns out, I had shed the weight that I had gained and was back at a normal, healthy weight for my height! Importantly, I was feeling better. My acne literally disappeared. My indigestion issues went down to one or twice a month. I was able to run consistently for longer than one hour. I didn’t have that sluggish feeling throughout the day. The results were so positive and so worth it. I have a few pictures below just to compare.

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What now?

I am still continuing my health journey but I have never been happier with how I feel. I will never go back to eating copious amount of junk because it made me feel like shit haha. As of now, I still don’t know how much I weigh. It really is just a number. I focus more on strength training and circuit workouts. I mix that in with cardio as well. I still go to the gym around 4 times a week and it makes me feel great!

All in all, everybody is different. What worked for me, might not work for you. The story I shared with you is the first step that I took to becoming healthy. We should always strive to be our best and I am always going to be on my health journey. I hope this helps any peeps out there who need a little push or motivation to start working on their health. If I can do it, you sure can! ❤

 

xx | paige

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February 2016 Favs!


 

heya friends!

I am back again for my monthly favorites. Like last month, my favs will include not just makeup/beauty/skincare stuff, but also random life things like food (the biggest love of my life), books, Netflix shows, etc…Favorites, commence!

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1 | Revlon Lip Butter: Tutti Frutti

This is an oldie, but a goodie. I remember when the Revlon lip butters first came out and every makeup-lover was pouncing on them. I have two tubes of this specific color because I love it so much. It’s not too bright on the lips and I like how it makes me look instantly more youthful and awake. Plus, it smells yummy!

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2 | NYX Lip Liner: Mahogany

I have always loved NYX lip products and I have been so into this shade. It really is a nice mahogany color; beautiful on the lips, glides like a dream, and has pretty good wear. They are also super affordable at $3.50 each! For sure a win!

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3 | Medjool Dates

Random, I know, but I can’t believe I haven’t had dates until this year haha! I buy the Trader Joe’s Medjool Dates and they are the perfect, sweet snack. Especially if you are craving caramel or candy, this is a great alternative. Natural sugars, super sweet, and has a tacky consistency that matches sweets. You can also use dates to sweeten smoothies and to bake!

4 | iZombie on Netflix

I didn’t think I would like this show but I was bored and decided to try it. It’s actually super entertaining and funny! Quick description: a girl transforms into a zombie and uses her powers to work with a crime investigator. I like how it’s a combination of romance, comedy, and suspense. Definitely a show to watch!

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5 | Laneige Water Sleeping Mask

I’ve had this baby for some time but I have really been noticing its effects on my skin. My face looks more supple, hydrated, and brighter after every use. You apply a thin layer before you sleep and basically sleep with it on. You then rinse it off with warm water in the morning. Another pro, it has a refreshing, spa-like scent that most Laneige products have.  If you are in need of some hydration, check this product out.

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6 | Hand-made Coconut Almond Soap

There is nothing better than some organic, hand-made face/body soap. I raved about this a while ago and how it diminished my acne and I finally have my hands on a new batch. Unfortunately, these soaps are made by my friend and gifted to me but I know that Whole Foods sell natural soaps that are similar to the one I use. They last for a long time and I have been using it every day in Feb.

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7 | Trader Joe’s Coffee Bag Brewer

Ok, this stuff is the shiz. I noticed that Trader Joe’s started selling a Coffee Bag Brewer for around $1.50 and I had to get it. You basically pour hot water into the bag, let it seep, and pour the coffee out of the little spout. It makes two cups of delicious coffee! How convenient eh? It is cheaper to buy coffee grounds and brew at home, but this is something you can get once in a while as a lil treat. Can you tell that I love Trader Joe’s? Haha.

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8 | Colourpop Super Shock Shadow: Desert

This an affordable, pigmented, creamy transition color that I love to use on a minimal makeup look day. You can build it up or just apply it on its own; such a great color for numerous eye looks! Like the other Colourpop shadows, this one is no different. Awesome quality for a fraction of the price. I would consider this particular shade a staple for make-up lovers. It’s also an easy color to start off with if you are a beginner or a noob (like me).

9| Fitness

This month has been the month of fitness. I stopped circuit training because it was getting way too expensive, so I re-activated my LA Fitness membership. There is something very rewarding about pushing yourself when it comes to fitness. Now that I have a general idea of how to work out properly, especially when I am targeting certain areas of my body, working out is actually kind of fun. I would have NEVER been able to say this last year. I am also lucky enough to have my boyfriend, Sean, who is very knowledgable and helps me write out my workout regimes. Maybe one day I’ll go into detail and explain my fitness goals in a post!

These were my February favorites for this year! Hope you enjoyed this post and please like/comment if we share any favorites or if you have any particular favorites from this past month, I would love to know ❤ See ya’ll soon.

 

xx | paige