Here are my stats as of right now, because I refuse to be ashamed of my wonderful body
Weight: 165 (I am usually 160. Not sure if the 5lbs is bloating or the giant bag of cookies I ate this week)
BMI: 25.8 (slightly overweight)
Waist (natural): 32.5"
Waist (bellybutton): 39"
I am never sure whether to go with my natural waist or bellybutton, but obviously my tummy is sticking out tonight so I am going to be honest and include both numbers!
Now, I consider myself fairly fit. I started working out regularly a year ago and while the scale hasn't changed, I find my body feels sexier. I feel stronger, taller, and less flabby. I usually run, but for the past couple weeks I have been doing the 30 Day Shred workout DVD and it is killing me so I haven't run much since I started that! But man am I getting strong fast- hello 10 push ups in a row! If you are thinking of starting working out let me tell you this:
I have been working out fairly regularly for a year and only NOW do I crave it and enjoy it. It takes a darn long time to make a habit of it but it sooo worth it. I have never felt better.
So there. The ugly truth. It ain't easy. Keep at it. Exercise gets better.
I have the regular exercise down now, but I need to work on my diet. Oh my goodness does my diet ever derail me (see note above about bag of cookies). I have two theories about dieting
1) Go hardcore and lose the weight fast, then switch to a maintenance diet
2) Eat healthy with some treats but take longer to lose
I tend to go more with option 2, which leads to me staying around 160lbs. (170lbs was my highest weight in Fall 2011 and I worked hard to lose those 10lbs and I have kept them mostly off). I think I need to work harder at number 1 and then move to number 2 after a few weeks so I can establish a habit of veggies and lean meats.
Point of this rambling post? I want to drop some weight. I want to be more securely into a normal BMI range because I know it will get harder to not gain weight as I get older. I need to take this beautiful, strong, body that I have been given and make the best of it! I am giving myself until June 1st to get down to 150lbs. That is 15lbs and about 15 weeks...soooo a pound a week! Definitely not an easy goal, but totally attainable.
|This is from 2011. Probably look the same now minus the sunburned legs!|
1) Keep working out! Finish my 30 Day Shred and then get back into cardio while still doing the odd Shred workout for strength maintenance
2) Calorie counting. The MyFitnessPal app says I need about 1370 calories a day to lose a pound a week so I am going to try to stick to that and add a bit more on tough workout days
3) Meal Planning. I have never done this before, but I know that by planning ahead I can plan for meals that fill me, taste delish, and allow for treats (hello- patio season approaches!)
4) Being accountable to someone, even if it is the internet. I am going to check in here once a week and give a quick update on my progress!
I want to end this post with a note- I am very comfortable with my body and I consider myself confident in my appearance. I know clothing can make a huge difference and I try to dress in a way that flatters my body. I also have learned things about my body- like carbonation makes me bloat so I don't drink pop if I need to look fabulous for a date or party. I think it is important for people to not hate their bodies- bodies do such amazing things!! I just want to treat my body right by making sure it is healthy. I know I would do better at my running and feel better day to day if I fueled my body better and got down to a bit healthier weight.
I might never look amazing in a bikini- but I want to feel amazing in my skin.
PS- This song has me wanting to hit the gym right now!!
Play Hard- David Guetta feat. Ne-Yo