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.
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.
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.