Saturday, October 23, 2010

Healthier Curvy!

I've been reading a lot of blogs lately that are about women's experiences losing weight and their adventures in dieting and exercising. I commend these women for putting themselves out there. That takes courage. So, I'm going to follow in their example and talk a little about my quest for a better bod.

Honestly, I've never had the best self-esteem when it comes to my body. I've always felt that I would look and feel so much better about myself if I were to lose some weight. I know that I'm never going to be skinny and I'm totally fine with that. I'm curvy. I just want to be a healthier curvy. Does that make sense? We all have something that we want to improve about ourselves, this is mine.

Over the past few months, leading up to my Half Marathon over Labor Day weekend and continuing now, I've been super focused on becoming healthier and happier with my body. Thus, I've followed a serious work out regime at the gym. Of course, I have had days where I slacked off but for the most part, I've been good.

This month, in particular, I've stepped it up a notch. Last week I introduced the dreaded sit ups with your legs crossed up in the air into the mix. I hate them with a passion but my trainer (and by 'my trainer', I mean, she was my trainer for one day) told me that sit ups are great for an ab workout which is what I'm working really hard on. I've always worked out here and there but never with this kind of gusto and drive. Yep, that's right, I got gusto and drive now. Ha!

Of course all the training for my half marathon and now for the full marathon I'm doing in March are helping me along immensely. Knowing you have an upcoming athletic event really do wonders for your drive. Signing up for that Half Marathon and this Marathon were probably two of the smartest decisions I've ever made.

So, has all this hard work paid off so far? Yes, actually since I've moved to LA, drum roll please, I've lost a whopping.........20 pounds! I know, it's crazy! The odd thing is that the only time I can really tell is when I put on older clothes. That is the best feeling ever-throwing on an old shirt or a pair of jeans and practically swimming in them. It's so awesome! But I'm not done yet, I'm going to keep working out and training for the LA Marathon and hopefully this time next year, I'll be at my goal weight.

Something else interesting that I've been thinking about is whether or not living here in LA has been a factor in my quest to lose weight and I answer, yes. Of course LA is full of lots and lots of beautiful skinny people. I would have to be blind not to be affected by all of them. Yet the bottom line is that I want to be healthier for me and for no one else. I think that's the most important thing to remember in life.


  1. Being healthy because you want to be is 100% the most important thing. Sometimes people group being healthy and losing weight (to become skinny) into the same category when it shouldn't be. I think it's great that you want to keep your curves but also be healthier overall. Good luck with that! :)

    Also I want to have gusto and drive. Can we buy it on ebay???? :) hehe.

  2. Hey, congratulations!! =) Great feeling, isn't it?!

    I'm gonna let you in on a lil secret - I used to be 200 lbs. And as I've said for a few years now, if I can go from that to the low, low hundreds with how I love to eat & my past lifestyle, you can do it!! Getting to your desired weight may be one of the hardest struggles ever, but you get there with the right mindframe. Seems you got it!

  3. I wish I had more motivation, I'm not sure what my issue is that I don't have as much desire to work out. I'm definitely eating a lot healthier now so at least that's a start!

  4. That's amazing, Leah! Great job, my love :) I'm so happy for you, and hopefully you can pass some of that drive and gusto my way! You're amazing!!!!

  5. Good to know that you are not going all out for a Paris Hilton-style physique. That has a way of throwing the body's metabolism into a spin and often results in more gaining than losing.
    I got the message from my doctor 12 months ago that I had a few excess kilos. I'm not sure how much I've actually shed, but I do know that the belt closes on the third hole now instead of the first. I added two new exercises to my daily routine - squats, and hindu pushups or dands. Dands are a workout in themselves.
    Also I eliminated most of my dairy intake. I use mashed avocado instead of butter or margarine in my lunch. It's easy to spice up with some crushed garlic or ginger powder, or tomato sauce.

  6. sometimes we talk about moving to california and I always says PLEASE NOT LA because i will for sure develop some severe body issues and feel like i need plastic surgery to fit in.

    i'm trying to get in better shape myself and taking a completely different route from what i've tried in the past (which has not worked) so now i'm lifting weights!

  7. Congratulations on your 20 lbs. weight lose. I see you all the time, so I'm sorry if I didn't notice. You look great. Running as served you well.

    When it comes to weight loss and body image (as you know, I've blogged about this topic recently too), I think everything in moderation is key. That goes for desserts, cocktails and exercise.

    There is A LOT of pressure to be fit in SoCal. Just keep doing what you're doing. :)

  8. Thanks for the motivation! I really need to get into work out mode too. whats killing me right now are sweets and this fear of running in public ha. And great job, so happy for you!