Quick summary I am Bianca Jazmine:
- College senior, Psychology major; Art minor
- In July ’13 I was finally ready for change & began my journey!
- I played a couple sports in high-school but I am in no way an athlete.
- I have no background in fitness outside health class, and gym in high school.
- I am obese
- I am a recovering compulsive eater
- I SEEK TO HELP OTHERS ! ❤
- So far I have lost 47lbs and at 208lbs I plan to lose 35-40 more lbs. I feel 165-173 lbs is a healthy range for me, I just want to be healthy.
- & I’m sharing my personal toolkit because it may help you be happy & healthy as well.
Who is Bianca Jazmine and why did she begin A Journey Full of Health?!
This is me exactly a year ago! Emotionally I was content with my overall life and stressed with maintaining my responsibilities. From academics, to campus/community involvement to independence and personal relationships I had a lot to balance. Although my psychology major has nothing to do with it, I had been doing nails and makeup on campus for two years. I absolutely loved it, but when people would try to get me to model in fashion shows and I would always shy away. It was at that point that I realized my I was a little uncomfortable with my body. I began to research my body type and exercises that were best for me. I was extremely discouraged with thoughts like : “None of those people look like me.” “I can’t keep up with what they are doing!” “Why aren’t bigger people in exercise videos, etc?” I tried buying healthier foods without understanding what that meant and eventually everything went to the back burner, “I had more important things to worry about”.
In July, I was ready. I had just turned 21 and decided I’d had enough. I was tired of living in fear. Fear has caused me social anxiety and stress for years! I have a pretty confident exterior so most people mistook it as me just being an asshole, NO WHEN I WALKED INTO A ROOM FULL OF PEOPLE: my heart raced, I was nervous, always in fear of being judged, I did not want to say or do the wrong thing, I felt extremely awkward, and most of all cared about what people thought of me because I wanted to be liked. With all of these concerns, I could not relax and interact with people the way I would if it were only 2-4 people around. Because of this I knew my dreams of being in cosmetology, modeling, even my career of Art therapy would suffer. As my Senior year approached I decided to force myself outside of my shell and made a list of things I needed to accomplish to LIVE instead of just being ALIVE:
- Healthiness of mind, body, heart, and spirit!
- Positivity and Resilience
- Understanding who and what I am => TRUE Confidence
These four things were my toolkit to becoming the woman I dream of being. Weight-loss was certainly important but as you can see this goes much deeper. Weight lose is not my primary focus, obtaining and maintaining a healthy lifestyle is. Being healthy begins MENTALLY then it transcends to the PHYSICAL body.
In July, I alongside a friend began with High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT) and a circuit. Hiit for 15 mins we ran for 30 seconds and walked for 1 minute. Our circuit was more that I can remember. Out of the 4-6 weeks of us doing 3-4 times I don’t think I ever competed both and if I did my form was off. I was still eating poorly at times and could not perform the way i’d like to. My pride was hurt so I pushed harder instead of giving up like I usually do. NEVER DO THAT, I strained myself to the point of spending days in bed. When we didn’t work out together I’d create my own circuit and run stairs. Sample circuits:
A lot of you inquire about how to begin. Lets talk about food.
EATING CLEAN is essential!
I took baby steps, gradually letting unhealthy things go. Don’t change your eating habits too fast. For example, start by drinking water & slowly stop drinking juice and pop.
Food: Chicken and fish are lean protein I mainly eat them and occasionally turkey. I bake or saute my meat. Meat is not the primary portion of my meals anymore, PRODUCE is. Veggies and Fruits are great! They give you strong nutrition and make quick snacks as well. I also eat good carbs such as baked potatoes and whole grain products.
This is a lifestyle change, meaning forever. You can not return to old habits without using moderation and expect to maintain your healthy results.