Finally, Progress

I posted not long ago about my frustrations with changing lifestyle habits to no apparent avail.  It was incredibly disheartening to know I was eating healthy and exercising daily and seeing no results. Two weeks passed and nothing, but around 3-4 weeks I finally progressed.

To Each His or Her Own

On April 10th, when I started this new eating better and exercising regularly program, I weighed 123.6 lbs and had about 27.2 % body fat (according to my Fitbit Aria scale).  I was starting to struggle to fit into my Size 10 pants and worrying that I might be going up to a Size 12.

That might not seem like a lot to some people, but considering I was around 117.4 lbs and at 24.7 % body only in April 2017, It was a lot for ME.

My Plan

Now that I am a stay-at-home/work-from-home mom and the temperature is right, I made the determination to start walking 5 days a week. At first, I aimed for 1 mile and about 7,000 steps per weekday.  Now, when I have time, I am walking 5 kilometers (3.1 miles) and 10,000 steps per weekday.

I am also being cautious about what I eat.  I allot myself one diet soda can a day and 1 coffee a day, and I drink more water (about 1,000 mL/day).  I eat more fruits and vegetables, more home-cooked dinners, and less snack food.  When I do eat snack food, I try to find better options.

I thought it would be very challenging to not eat the stuff in my pantry (potato chips, chocolate cake, etc.) but I am finding it easier IF I have alternatives that I enjoy. If I am craving something, I know I can usually find something I like that’s a little more healthy.  I remind myself of the progress that I have made toward a healthier me if it is a strong craving.

My Progress

As of today (May 3, 2018), I weighed in at 118.4 lbs with 25.1 % body fat.  That’s a little over 5 lbs (and 2% body fat) in about 4 weeks.  It’s healthy to loose 1-2 lbs per week, so I’m happy with that.  My ultimate goal is not a weight one, but a body fat % one, which I feel is a better indicator of my general health.  21 % to 24 % is considered “ideal” for my age, so I would like to be in that range.  Although I weighed about 112 lbs in high school, I am not looking to be that small again.  My focus is on fitness, rather than weight, so if I replace fat with muscle mass (which weighs more) that is fine with me.

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One Reply to “Finally, Progress”

  1. Thanks for the points shared on your own blog. Yet another thing I would like to state is that weight reduction is not about going on a dietary fads and trying to lose as much weight as you’re able in a couple of weeks. The most effective way to lose weight naturally is by getting it slowly but surely and using some basic tips which can make it easier to make the most from your attempt to lose fat. You may learn and be following some tips, however reinforcing information never affects.

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