Many people set a new year’s resolution to eat healthier and lose weight, but that wasn’t my resolution. I started exercising six weeks (November 2018) after my gastric sleeve surgery when I received clearance from my doctor. I started working out on my own, but I knew I was less likely to remain consistent long term if I was not a part of a community.
I joined a gym in December 2018 and noticed that classes were offered at 5:15 am and decided to try them in January 2019. I set multiple alarms (4:15, 4:20, 4:30, 4:45, and 5:00 am) for the gym. I had no idea how much my life would change. I did not plan to wake up at the crack of dawn to exercise. In the beginning, it was challenging, and when I missed morning classes, I attended the evening classes. Eventually, I started noticing that I preferred to complete my workout in the morning and use my evenings to relax.
I set boundaries for myself that included being in bed by 8:00 pm during the week, and putting my phone on do not disturb from 9:00 pm to 8:00 am. If I wanted to continue to exercise at 5:15 am, I could not allow myself to be available to everyone, scroll on social media, or do work after midnight. My friends will tell you that I do not play about my bedtime.
One year later and I’ve lost 25.6 pounds since joining my gym, and I lost 42 pounds before joining. I was working out consistently (five days a week for one hour) but I hit a stall for six months and eventually gained close to 10 pounds. I scheduled an appointment with my nutritionist, and she told me to increase my protein, and the weight started falling off again. Here are a few things I’ve learned over the last year.
The famous quote on social media says, “We all have the same 24 hours in the day as Beyonce.” And while I do not have the money or resources like Beyonce, I can do a better job at managing my time to ensure I am getting the most out of my day. Last year, I published my first book, produced a weekly podcast, obtained two mental health certifications, and provided communications consulting to a non-profit. I also organized multiple book signings, supported a mental health research project that included working with clients who live with mental and substance use disorders. Guess what? I did not have to sacrifice my sleep or rest as I enjoyed summer trips with friends and had plenty of days where I laid in bed and binged shows on Netflix.
Excuses Hold You Back