How I Became Healthier in Quarantine

My Journey of Losing 15 lbs Stuck in my House

Before I begin, I would like to preface, a person is not defined by the number on the scale or their dress size. Be confident in the body you are in & only change for yourself. Nobody else.

When Stay at Home Order hit our state, I went into serious panic mode. I ate my feelings in Pop-tarts & Doritos, distracted my mind through binge watching Netflix, sleeping in super late, & not exercising at all. I was pushing 140 pounds [ for someone short like me, I felt huge ] & feeling so sluggish. I had to make a change.

I decided to finally make a change because I knew I wasn’t being the healthiest I could be. Besides not loving my outward appearance, my mood was poor & I couldn’t remember the last time I ate greens. My goal was to feel better both physically & mentally. Here’s how I did it.

Got Outside:

My motivation to get active was rather slow growing. But I found walking outside seemed easy enough. Being inside your house for long periods of time seems fun until you realize you literally can’t leave besides for groceries. I can barely contain myself being stuck inside during a snow storm so, I became very stir crazy during quarantine. Walking for at least 30 minutes a day, especially to the docks [ which are a few minutes from my home] was the change of scenery I needed.

Ate Less Snacks:

Beginning of quarantine, I had the habit of eating Doritos & Pop-tarts while watching movies & tv shows in the evening. I started not including them in my grocery list as often & replaced with healthier options. Peanut butter crackers have been my favorite replacement. It helps boost my metabolism! But do I still have a Pop-tart every so often? Heck yes! Does my boyfriend try & hide them in high to reach places? Yup! Haha!

Cut Back on Sodas:

My addiction to sodas is real! I’ve tried to quit cold turkey & had serious withdrawals. I learned I was just a very dehydrated person. I drink more water. I’ve replaced soda’s with tea [for the most part] & try not to have sodas available in the house. I’m definitely not perfect, but I’ve seen a difference in myself once I cut back.

Drank More Water:

In the morning, I started drinking water with lemon & that is a great way to wake up & boost my metabolism. I also tried the Gallon of Water Challenge which was so difficult. But that made a huge difference in my skin, digestion, & energy levels.

Smoothie Meal Replacements:

This has been an easy way to get my vegetable intake. I usually drink a strawberry, banana smoothie with spinach & vanilla almond milk. So tasty!

Intermittent Fasting:

This was one of the biggest helps in my weight loss journey. I usually try to skip breakfast & wait until lunch. In the morning, drinking lemon water helps me stay full for longer periods of time. The hardest part was not eating after dinner. Snacks are my down fall.

Yoga & Meditation:

Again, these practices have benefited both my physical & mental health for years, to the point where I feel like a different person when I skip a day. Flexibility is just as important as lifting & cardio. I find it so peaceful & rejuvenating. This routine has really helped during these tough times of stress, uncertainty & confusion.

Here’s a yoga video I’ve been loving. Perfect for these tough times we’ve been living in.

Yoga for Anxiety & Stress

Also love Yoga with Adriene on Youtube. She has monthly printable schedules available online.

Cardio

My boyfriend got me hooked on elliptical training. We have one in the basement. I try to bike for about 30-45 minutes Monday โ€“ Thursday. Itโ€™s the time where I listen to a latest podcast or YouTube video. I would love to own a treadmill someday.

our own little home gym has been great during corona season.

 Weightless Strength Training

I give credit to Chloe Tingโ€™s Summer Shred Challenge to my body transformation. Her ab videos are killer! But they work! Most videos are about 10 minutes long so I would try to do 3-4 in one sitting.

Chloe Ting Ab Workout

With gyms being closed & then with limited restrictions, I was glad to find at home workout videos. Eventually I would love to open my own set of weights.

 Keeping a Gratitude Journal

A big part of my weight loss was gaining a positive outlook on life. Writing short sentences of gratitude helped keep me on this path. I definitely recommend it to everyone.

Final Thoughts 

A lot of my moments of sleeping late, not exercising, & eating poorly was due to feeling more negative about life events & circumstances. Im a very sensitive person & hold a lot of feelings inside. I combat that behavior through bad habits. Itโ€™s something I work on daily. Being more communicative about my feelings & being real with myself has lead me to where I am now. And Iโ€™m proud of myself. 

What is something you have accomplished lately or wish to fulfill in the future? 

18 thoughts on “How I Became Healthier in Quarantine

  1. I started to do instermitertant fasting too, same as you by waiting until lunch time to eat. I think thats what’s helped me a lot. I also snack on frozen grapes all the time and they taste so good and they’re so good for you. such a great snack!

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  2. Snacks are also my downfall and Iโ€™m so bad at resisting! Quarantine has made me adapt new terrible habits ๐Ÿ˜ซ
    Congrats to you though, youโ€™ve got this ๐Ÿ‘

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