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365 Days of Counting My Calories | My Story of Struggling with Body Image and Finding my Fitness Path of Being Healthy & Losing Weight + OOTD

Before we get into this post I want to get the outfit portion out of the way. That makes it sound like I am trying to brush it off, but I LOVE this outfit! I recently bought these shorts and I have been wearing them non-stop. I always get so many compliments! I even showed a bit of the shorts in my Instagram story yesterday and I had so many messages about them! I wore them the other night when I met some of my boyfriend’s family with a white tank – so they can definitely be dressed modestly too!

I love the tie around the waist because it is really flattering. High waisted shorts are my favorite and now that I have these I have been scouring the internet for more like them! Get ready to see more in the coming weeks! I paired them with my favorite wide-brim hat and Marc Fisher wedges. Such a perfect summer look!

Keep scrolling for outfit links then to read about my weight loss and health journey!

White off the shoulder crop top from Showpo paired with my favorite striped blue tied shorts from Nordstrom! I paired this look with a wide brim straw hat and my favorite Marc Fisher Espadrille wedges! This cute summer outfit is going to be on repeat! Details on fashion blog daily dose of charm by lauren lindmarkWhite off the shoulder crop top from Showpo paired with my favorite striped blue tied shorts from Nordstrom! I paired this look with a wide brim straw hat and my favorite Marc Fisher Espadrille wedges! This cute summer outfit is going to be on repeat! Details on fashion blog daily dose of charm by lauren lindmarkWhite off the shoulder crop top from Showpo paired with my favorite striped blue tied shorts from Nordstrom! I paired this look with a wide brim straw hat and my favorite Marc Fisher Espadrille wedges! This cute summer outfit is going to be on repeat! Details on fashion blog daily dose of charm by lauren lindmark White off the shoulder crop top from Showpo paired with my favorite striped blue tied shorts from Nordstrom! I paired this look with a wide brim straw hat and my favorite Marc Fisher Espadrille wedges! This cute summer outfit is going to be on repeat! Details on fashion blog daily dose of charm by lauren lindmarkWhite off the shoulder crop top from Showpo paired with my favorite striped blue tied shorts from Nordstrom! I paired this look with a wide brim straw hat and my favorite Marc Fisher Espadrille wedges! This cute summer outfit is going to be on repeat! Details on fashion blog daily dose of charm by lauren lindmarkWhite off the shoulder crop top from Showpo paired with my favorite striped blue tied shorts from Nordstrom! I paired this look with a wide brim straw hat and my favorite Marc Fisher Espadrille wedges! This cute summer outfit is going to be on repeat! Details on fashion blog daily dose of charm by lauren lindmark

| Off the Shoulder White Crop Top (I am wearing a size 4 and it also comes in black and red floral) | Striped Tied Shorts (I am wearing a size 4 but it fits like 0-2! More sizes here and similar shorts linked below) | Wide Brim Hat (comes in four colors) | Marc Fisher Wedges (comes in more colors) |

 


 

My Fitness Journey

Now that we’ve talked about this outfit, let’s talk about what this post is all about. Today, May 30th, marks exactly 365 days of counting my calories. That is one year of consciously thinking about my health and logging what I put in my body into an app. I honestly can’t believe it has been a year! I have not skipped a single day (although there were days here and there where I didn’t fully log – I am only human)! Before I get into the personal part of this post, I want to share with you all the app I am using (not sponsored). I have been using My Fitness Pal on and off since high school. I would always use it when I went on health kicks throughout HS and into college, but give up after a month or less. The app is really easy to use, they have all the calories of major restaurant items and anything you buy from the store you can scan on your phone and it calculates everything for you. It also track all my workouts, I just love it! So let me tell you why this time I have stuck with it…

A year ago I weighed the most I have ever weighed in my life. I was unhappy, unhealthy, and hated how I looked. I don’t want to talk about specific numbers, because honestly it still makes me self-conscious to talk about, but I also don’t want anyone else to use me as a comparison. The weight I was at may not have been that much for someone with a different body type – for example, someone weights x amount of lbs could look totally different from someone else that weighs that much based on height, muscle, body type etc. If you want to see what I looked like you can go back through the archives of my blog…

Summer picnic! A fun picnic with summer fruit and croissants! White off the shoulder crop top from Showpo paired with my favorite striped blue tied shorts from Nordstrom! I paired this look with a wide brim straw hat and my favorite Marc Fisher Espadrille wedges! This cute summer outfit is going to be on repeat! Details on fashion blog daily dose of charm by lauren lindmarkSummer picnic! A fun picnic with summer fruit and croissants! White off the shoulder crop top from Showpo paired with my favorite striped blue tied shorts from Nordstrom! I paired this look with a wide brim straw hat and my favorite Marc Fisher Espadrille wedges! This cute summer outfit is going to be on repeat! Details on fashion blog daily dose of charm by lauren lindmark Summer picnic! A fun picnic with summer fruit and croissants! White off the shoulder crop top from Showpo paired with my favorite striped blue tied shorts from Nordstrom! I paired this look with a wide brim straw hat and my favorite Marc Fisher Espadrille wedges! This cute summer outfit is going to be on repeat! Details on fashion blog daily dose of charm by lauren lindmarkSummer picnic! A fun picnic with summer fruit and croissants! White off the shoulder crop top from Showpo paired with my favorite striped blue tied shorts from Nordstrom! I paired this look with a wide brim straw hat and my favorite Marc Fisher Espadrille wedges! This cute summer outfit is going to be on repeat! Details on fashion blog daily dose of charm by lauren lindmark Summer picnic! A fun picnic with summer fruit and croissants! White off the shoulder crop top from Showpo paired with my favorite striped blue tied shorts from Nordstrom! I paired this look with a wide brim straw hat and my favorite Marc Fisher Espadrille wedges! This cute summer outfit is going to be on repeat! Details on fashion blog daily dose of charm by lauren lindmarkSummer picnic! A fun picnic with summer fruit and croissants! White off the shoulder crop top from Showpo paired with my favorite striped blue tied shorts from Nordstrom! I paired this look with a wide brim straw hat and my favorite Marc Fisher Espadrille wedges! This cute summer outfit is going to be on repeat! Details on fashion blog daily dose of charm by lauren lindmark

In high school I was TINY. I had a high metabolism, barely worked out, and always looked skinny. Eating healthy and working out isn’t all about how you look – but since I didn’t “see” anything I needed to change about my body I didn’t change my health habits. Then college happened. Y’all – the freshman 15 is a real thing. I did not take care of myself in college, I ate poorly, didn’t work out, and food slowly became my enemy as I saw my body change. It wasn’t until the summer after my sophomore year (a year ago) that I started consciously thinking about my health. I weighed 15 pounds more than I do right now and I hated myself for it.

I began logging my food everyday and something amazing happened – I learned how to consciously watch what I eat while still finding a healthy and happy balance. It created this great habit of thinking before I put something into my body. If I had been eating great – then hell yeah I am getting ice cream! If I hadn’t, then I knew I didn’t need the ice cream that day. It kept me mindful. I have never believed that “eating healthy” is all about eating as little calories and the healthiest foods 24/7 – it’s just about balance!

Last fall is when I came up with the plan that has helped me lose weight and feel the best I can – which is eating healthy on the weekdays. Sunday night through Friday at lunch I try to stay under my calorie limit (however, I never starve myself. I always eat until I am full – I just eat mindful foods) and eat whole, healthy foods. Then on the weekends I let myself eat whatever I want! It isn’t always perfect, if a friend or my boyfriend wants to get dinner on the week nights sometimes I will try to find something healthy on the menu, but I don’t want to restrict myself all the time! It has just been a good system for eating healthy then looking forward to my unhealthy foods on the weekends!

Logging my calories has made me realize how much food plays a role not only in weight, but how you feel. There are times when I am eating really unhealthy for a long period and not only do I notice weight gain, but my sleep, motivation, and well-being will also be off. For example, I went on a week and a half long bender for my 21st birthday. I had Mexican everyday for 7 days straight, drank a ton, and didn’t really care what I put into my body. I didn’t feel guilty, it was a special occasion and I deserved it! However, it took me a few weeks to get back on track and feel better again after it.

Right now I am 10-15 lbs less than my weight 365 days ago (my body’s weight constantly fluctuates between a few pounds which is why I put a range). I no longer let my insecurities about weight dictate how I feel as a person. Sure, I still have my insecure days. My body isn’t perfect and something I really want to focus on this next year is working out more because I know that is what will bring me to the next level of looking and feeling healthy – but I really am a changed person now! It’s amazing what being healthy will do to your mindset!

If you are in an insecure place I challenge you to start logging your calories. To me, it’s just a habit now. You really train your mind to be mindful of what you put in your body. I promise you will feel so much better if you do! Cheers to the next 365 days and focusing on working out more now too! If you want to see more health posts (such as some of my go-to low calorie meals) let me know!

xoxo,

Lauren Emily Lindmark

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14 comments

  • Logan

    June 2, 2018 at 11:03 pm

    I absolutely love this post, Lauren. I’ve been using My Fitness Pal since high school too and have never stuck to 365 days straight. This post definitely just motivated me to start logging on it more. Also, I’m a total sucker for any high waisted shorts right now and these ones are no exception.

    xo Logan
    https://peculiarporter.com

    1. laurenlindmark

      June 3, 2018 at 2:24 pm

      Thanks Logan, glad it inspired you 🙂 My Fitness Pal is the best!

  • Lauren Thurmond

    May 30, 2018 at 11:36 am

    Loved reading this girly! I can relate to this so much, but I’m really at the beginning of my weight loss journey. I know I have so far to go, but it’s all about those small changes and being consistent!

    1. laurenlindmark

      June 2, 2018 at 4:29 pm

      Thanks Lauren! You’re totally right, it’s all about taking it day by day! Good luck 🙂

  • megan

    May 30, 2018 at 11:26 am

    I am like you I have used My Fitness on and off for years, I will go on kicks and I might log for a month or two and do great and then lose all hope and through everything out the window. I am not ashamed of my body but I am not the happiest and not proud of where I am, I know I can be healthier and happier with my body image. I think I really want to do what you said and just focus on logging calories everyday and see where that takes me. Thanks so much for sharing, you look beautiful, inside and out.

    megan | MySprinkleofPrep.wordpress.com

    1. laurenlindmark

      June 2, 2018 at 4:31 pm

      Thanks so much Megan! I relate to everything you said so much, we can always work to improve our health and that is my overall driving force when it comes to counting calories! If you eat better you feel better! Good lucky girly 🙂

  • Jamie

    May 30, 2018 at 10:50 am

    Lauren, I loved this post! I feel like so many girls go through that stage of being so tiny but so unhealthy in hs then boom college hits and everything changes. It can be so tough as a girl, and especially a blogger to feel confident about ourselves.

    So glad you’re feeling healthier and HAPPIER now!

    Also, need those shorts.

    xx Jamie

    1. laurenlindmark

      June 2, 2018 at 4:31 pm

      Thanks Jamie, you are the sweetest 🙂

  • paisleigh telford

    May 30, 2018 at 10:03 am

    Ah, this gives me so much encouragement! I’ve been using MFP for 35 days now and totally agree with all the things you’ve said. It just helps to keep things in check and to really notice what is going into my body. I’m happy to know that eventually all the fuss will pay off, haha. I’m always on the lookout for low cal meal ideas, so if you made a post I’d be in heaven!

    1. laurenlindmark

      June 2, 2018 at 4:32 pm

      Ahh that’s such a good streak, you go girl! Before you know it you will be at a year too! I will definitely post some soon 🙂

  • Dasynka

    May 30, 2018 at 9:13 am

    What a journey! You did an incredible work and it’s so important for your (future) health too! It seems like we all becoming healthier lately… I’m counting my calories too, every day, and try to avoid sweets and fast foods and I’m better and better and want those thinks less and less 🙂
    keep going girl!
    xx Dasynka
    http://dasynka.com

    1. laurenlindmark

      June 2, 2018 at 4:32 pm

      That’s awesome girl!! You keep kicking butt too!!

  • Caitlyn

    May 30, 2018 at 9:04 am

    LOVE this post, Lauren. Not only because this outfit is to die for (literally thinking about ordering those shorts right now), but because I love your transparency and how you worded everything. Saying that people shouldn’t use others as a comparison if they have a different body type is so true and so many people don’t understand that. So thank you for pointing that out!

    1. laurenlindmark

      June 2, 2018 at 4:33 pm

      Thanks so much Caitlyn! You are so sweet 🙂

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