My name is Alyssa Shim and I have not only lost 50 lbs in the past year, I have also gained a healthy and happy lifestyle. Growing up I continually struggled with my weight and I fluctuated wildly. I was never content with my body, or myself and I would jump on the new FAD DIETS, no matter the negative impact they may have. I suffered from multiple MEDICAL ISSUES including insomnia, restless leg, joint pain, swelling, headaches, numbness, and often found myself sick. I hit my all time low a little over a year ago while experiencing high amounts of stress in my personal and professional life. I came to a point where I had to choose, would I continue on my current path citing “not enough time” as an excuse, or would I live my life by design? Not a single ‘diet’ or ‘fitness’ plan out there had worked for me, and so, I decided to do my own research and devise a plan tailored to my needs.
My first step was to DETOXIFY my system. I had spent years eating chemical laden foods, taking excess amounts of over the counter drugs, drinking soda, and consuming artificial sweeteners. I needed to get rid of the toxins in my system as well as the cravings that I was experiencing for sugar and junk food. I did a two-week detox consisting of consuming only raw WHOLE FOODS. I would drink a green smoothie in the morning and enjoy bountiful salads overflowing with raw fruits and vegetables for lunch and dinner. This was a tough two weeks, as I experienced (in my opinion) withdrawal symptoms. It was all worth it as the second week came to a close and I no longer experienced the cravings for unhealthy foods and I began to truly enjoy fruits and vegetables.
From that point forward my NUTRITIONAL ARSENAL (I refuse to call it a diet) consisted of chemical free whole foods. I eat a lot of fruits, vegetables, whole grains (unprocessed), and legumes. I love them baked, blended, roasted, juiced, broiled, steamed, raw – you name it.
Nutrition is only part of a healthy lifestyle. I also began to GET MOVING. At first this was as simple as taking long walks and spending a lot of time on the elliptical. The extra weight I was carrying would cause pain in my knees and ankles if I tried anything too strenuous. Gradually I began to add in high intensity interval training, weight training, running, stairs workouts, and yoga. At first I would force myself to get moving everyday, now it is a part of who I am. I love nothing more than a fantastic workout.
So what made this lifestyle change so different from the many other times I desperately tried to lose weight? I CHANGED MY PARADIGM. No longer was I concerned about calories or the number on the scale. I put myself on a journey to health. I was concerned about eating the most nutritionally beneficial foods and working out to build an efficient healthy body. I was patient with myself because I wasn’t concerned about getting results in one week. Although many view my change as drastic for one year, it was still one year of consistency. Because I was patient, I didn’t get discouraged and binge on unhealthy foods. Also, because I was making this a lifestyle change, I altered my thought processes. Instead of saying “I can’t eat that cookie” I changed to “I don’t eat cookies” not because I can’t but because I don’t want harmful refined sugars in my system.
Most of all I became content with myself. If I can do it, so can you. LOVE YOURSELF and find within the desire to live by design. Make a change towards a healthy lifestyle, your heart, mind, and body will thank you!
It was a real pleasure to share Alyssa’s inspirational story with you all, she is a true fighter! Make sure you check out her new kickass blog: www.reverentlion.com where you can find her complete health and fitness makeover plan and more useful tips! Find Alyssa’s photos on Instagram @electricfitness.
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