Being a Healthier and fitter me! PART 1

Before and after. Exactly one year after and around 15 pounds lighter.


Since this is going to be a long post I am going to split it into different parts, this one is about how and when I started being healthy. In the second one I'll talk about exactly what I do and what exercise program I have been following. Lastly, I'll post a later one saying what I would like to accomplish this new year, my new goals, and how I am planning to get to them.

On the left side it is my before, on the right one it is the after on 2012. :)


I don't think A new year has passed where I have not set myself a resolution about getting healthier, being more fit, or losing some weight. My 2012 resolution was to lose 10 pounds or more... so in June I started a new routine and lost around 15 pounds, accomplishing my goal for the year!

To start with, I will like to say that... honestly it is hard to get into the habit of excising, and I HATE the word diet just as much as the next person. I have been losing and then gaining for too long, and frankly I am very tired of the yo-yo effect diets have had on me.

This year I came back to Venezuela (my home country) for my brother's wedding. When I got to thinking about it I realized that 3 years ago (last time I came) I was also on a healthy kick, where I lost about 15 pounds. 

The difference in between last time and right now is that I wanted to be thinner when I came home, to avoid the complaining and judging from the ones I loved about the pounds that I gained. I feel this time is different, because I did not do it to please anyone or not be judged, I did it because I felt I needed it.

On August of 2011 I had an accident. I fell from my bike and tore my right ankle ligaments and even needed surgery. I was not able to walk, much less run for 8 months or so. It is crazy how we take for granted things we do on a daily basis.
The month that I injured myself was when my husband started exercising, I guess to him it was a stress relief and the hour he got to himself, since he was pretty much taking care of all the aspects in the house while I was in bed.

He later became my inspiration to also get fit and just healthier overall. I again started trying diets, different types of exercises, and I can say that I have now a pretty good idea of what works for me. A routine that I can keep up with without feeling the stress of breaking some rules.

I aim to work out five times a week but if that doesn't happen it's okay. Some weeks are harder than others, so I make sure that even on the tough weeks I do at least three days of exercise.

Angel hair pasta with tomato, basil and a little bit of brie. Recipe from Cupcakes and Cashmere book, you can visit the blog which it is awesome here link. Perfect example about a treat that need to be portion control!


With food I am a lot more chill, I do not limit what I want if I really want it, I try to monitor portion size, count calories, make sure I am actually hungry when I eat and not just anxious or bored. If I do have a treat I try to keep it small.

So far I have lost 14 pounds since June 12th when I started, and I am very happy with what I have accomplished. I did not gain the weight and fat in a month, so why even try to put my body through a  starvation diet when I have time to lose what I gained?

This slower method I think will help me keep it off.


Disclaimer: I am not sure if anyone it's reading this post, but if you are I am not an expert. I am not a doctor, dietitian or trainer. I am just a regular chick trying to get in shape. Also, I guess it is worth mentioning that I am not aiming to look super thin, so if you are into that model thin look, this might not work for you!

18 comments:

  1. Hi Camila,

    I am curious to see the second part of our story as I am trying to find out what exercises and health diet works for me...

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    1. Hello, I think the post will be up mid next week, keep an eye out for it. :)

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  2. Wow... what an inspiring story! And I am all about a slow method for losing weight because then you can keep up with it. Right now I am aiming to work out 3-4 times a week as I get going and eventually 5 times per week. Last week I hit 3 times. This week I have only gone once. I get frustrated easily and feel like I've lost everything I gained last week, but if I look at it that way I won't keep going. So I'm working out tonight and early tomorrow morning and having a better week next week!

    This post inspired me to keep going! I just want to feel healthier and last week when I worked out more, I felt that way.

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    1. Hi Rachel, I am so happy to hear you find this inspiring! I think that what you are doing is great. Even one time a week it's better than none, and I started with three times and the gradually raised it, just like you are planning on doing.

      Can't wait to hear how you do.

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  3. Great progress. I too have been struggling with getting fit for years now. But it was until last year around November that I really set my mind to do it. I've lost 8 lbs since then and I'm happy about my slow progress. I am not depriving myself from the food I like, I just control the portions and try to work out for a least 30 minutes 5 times a week. Staying active is really important.

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    1. I know right? doing it slowly without completely cutting out things you love seems to me the easier way to lose weight and introduce healthier habits to life. Congratulations about going down 8 pounds. Will love to hear what you do for working out!

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  4. Hi. I just saw your comment in Lauren's forum. So I thought I'd check your blog out and I actually really like it! Maybe you'd like to check mine out as well :) it's http://vickynspiration.blogspot.com . We bloggers have to stick together!

    xx

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    1. Hi Vicky!

      Thank you for stopping by to check out my blog! I of course went to yours and liked it as well! you have very inspiring pictures of outfits, and what models wear. Will def keep my eye out for what you post next!

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  5. congratulations to reach your goal!!! and it's nice to read that you did it for you and not for what other's thought! :)
    i found you through the LC community and following you now via GFC!

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    1. Hi Patti!

      Thank you for stopping by! I am very happy about reaching my 2012 goal and I am now working on my 2013 goal which I will post on the 3rd part of this post. I can't wait to share it!

      xx

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  6. That pasta looks so yummy! haha, I loved this post! I just made a video on my blog about working out and want to get more fit! You look great! I'd love for you to check out my blog as well!

    xox,
    ciara
    thecrosscontamination.blogspot.com

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  7. The pasta looks sooo good! I started following your blog :)

    Kathy
    kaydeeglam.blogspot.com/

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  8. Good for you to being healthy in the new year! It can be hard but it is so important! Your pasta looks so good. If you get a sec, I would LOVE for you to stop by my blog! Thanks hun.
    xo Dina
    Sweetest Somethings

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  9. This is so good that you are doing this, I'm trying to eat healthier too this year. Can't wait to see all of your posts about this.

    I would love for you to stop by my blog and check out my latest outfit post.
    www.fashboulevard.blogspot.com

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  10. I saw you on LC forum so I came to see your blog, let me tell you that you´ve done a great job with it, please come visit and if you like it it would be great if we could follow each other here or socials, what do you think? To support each other… let me know ok!
    Kisses
    www.petitgraphie.blogspot.com

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  11. Congratulations on your success so far. I think it's great you are striving for a healthier lifestyle! Keep it up!! =D
    xo,
    nancy

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  12. I lost 33 pounds last year and I have maintained my weight now because its all about living and eating healthy, so congratulations!

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