How I Lost Weight During Quarantine
Like many of us, I had so many great plans for 2020. I wanted to try so many new things, travel to so many different places, and check out a lot of different new restaurants. Unfortunately, none of these plans were able to come to fruition but fortunately, a healthier version of myself emerged. I took this opportunity to reflect on my choices and improve my overall health and wellbeing.
Since restaurants and bars were closed, I had no choice but to rely on my own cooking to eat. I already enjoy cooking and would often meal plan but never on a consistent basis. Since quarantine, I have become a huge advocate for meal planning. Prior to quarantine, I was exercising a lot but still couldn't get rid of the stubborn extra 15 pounds. I realized that much of excess calories was coming from snacking and large portions when eating out at different restaurants.
I prepared meals that I really enjoyed eating out but they were healthier versions that contained less calories. I then portioned out and labeled my meals for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and snacks. Since I started meal planning, I noticed a considerable difference in my appetite, food preferences, and digestion.
- Palate - The first time I went to a restaurant once they began reopening, I really didn't feel well afterwards. I realized that my palate had changed and I could taste the heavy amounts of oil in my food. Even the salads tasted unhealthy.
- Food preferences - I was researching healthy meal options every week and began learning more about the amounts of calories in different foods, macros, and overall nutrition for different body types. This information really helped me when making decisions in the grocery store and in the kitchen. I began snacking less, especially on sugary items, and started making healthier food choices.
- Digestion - I was eating around the same time every day with the same amounts of food, my metabolism got used to this new schedule and my digestion improved a lot.
As a yoga enthusiast, I began to up my yoga game by practicing religiously every day for at least two hours a day. Prior to that I would practice two to three times a week depending on my schedule. This helped me to get out of my head and into my body. I was able to focus on working toward my yoga goals and have made considerable progress in my practice.
During these stressful times, yoga provided me with a holistic approach to wellness by focusing on your body’s natural tendency toward health and self-healing. Through consistent practice, I developed greater strength, flexibility, and self-awareness. Combined with my improved nutrition plan, I began noticing toning and definition in my muscles, a smaller waist line, and my clothes fit better.
Meditation has always been one of my top go-to's whenever I've felt overwhelmed or uncertain. COVID19 has been a devastating global pandemic with millions affected and hundreds of thousands that have died. This has resulted in increased panic, fear, riots, high levels of stress and anxiety. However, this mind-body practice has helped me to remain calm and relaxed by improving my psychological balance and coping skills.
I enjoy guided meditations because they help me to focus on a story line that takes me into a deeper state of consciousness.
Meditation is a powerful tool to help you access your inner wisdom that will guide you along your journey. All you need to get started is:
- A quiet space,
- A comfortable posture,
- Central focus, and
- A receptive mindset
To start meditating, check out ILYNSI's Meditation page.
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