While I was SO proud to have beaten this stupid cancer, I was heartbroken and frustrated at what was left behind. At that moment as I stared at myself in the mirror, I decided it was time to get my health back on track.
In the first couple months, I lost 10 pounds - I got back to the gym and started tracking my calories. But my body hadn't fully bounced back from treatment and I definitely pushed too hard too fast and ended up with an injury. It took a couple months to recover from the injury, which was frustrating, but also forced me to slowly ease back into my workout routine, which is what I should have done from the beginning!
On June 1, I decided it was time to make a drastic change! I cut out 95% of sugar from my diet and went the whole month (minus one cheat day) without any alcohol. I started tracking my food with the Weight Watchers app, which doesn't track calories, but it tracks macros: fat, protein, carbs, and fiber. For me, tracking macros made a lot more sense than tracking calories, so I've stuck with it. By July 1 I had lost another 8 pounds and several inches overall.
I've started running again, ran a 5k last month, and even signed up for my first 10k (which is in a few weeks!). I incorporated a lot of strength training as well. I still try to limit as much sugar from my diet as I can, but allow myself the occasional treat or adult beverage.
It's now the beginning of September and I've lost about 30 pounds. I went from a size 12 to a size 6 (and the 6's are getting a little roomy….). Even though I beat cancer last November, I feel like I've finally TRULY beat cancer. I'm stronger and healthier than I was a year ago, and that makes me feel amazing :)
|December 2013 vs. August 2014|
|January 2013 vs. August 2014|
|June, July, August|