Several weeks ago, I shared how I’m losing weight without the use of expensive diet programs, supplements or other gimmicks. I got such good response on this post, I thought I’d update you on where I’m at today, 20 weeks into this journey.
First, let me recap what I’m doing:
- Pushing myself physically. I workout 5 or 6 days a week and I vary my routine. In fact, my routine is really no routine! Yesterday I ran 4 miles and then did a series of heavy deadlifts and full situps. The day before, I did a track workout which involved running quarter miles with a slam ball and then slamming the ball and doing squats across the field. I love doing light yoga in the evenings, and am doing a long run of about 6 miles once per week. My workouts are far from boring but they all have one thing in common: they leave me drenched in sweat each and every time!
- I’m eating less. I’m not following any particular diet – Paleo, vegan, gluten-free. What I am doing is trying to make overall better choices while creating a calorie deficit. I still do have treats like pizza, wine, and chocolate – I just now plan for it. I track my food daily using MyFitnessPal, which is a free online food & exercise tracker. (They also have a FREE app for my mobile/smartphone pals out there!)
- I’m focusing on changing habits. Instead of saying I want to lose X pounds by X date, I’m trying to figure out how to eat and workout for the long term. The weight loss has been a side effect of that (albeit a happy and wanted one). While cliche, I really do want a lifestyle change here, not a crash diet.
- Nixing weight loss plans. I don’t intend to knock anyone’s company, but I wanted to prove to myself and my readers out there that you do NOT need to spend $200 on a “program” that consists of pre-packaged meals, shakes, cleanses, or the like. After all, would I really see myself using the same line of shake/weight loss product 10 years from now? Probably not.
Ready to see my progress today? First, my before (I was 166 pounds and I’m 5’6″).
I recognize that this isn’t terrible, but it was the heaviest I’d ever been (barring pregnancies). It’s also technically overweight for my height by most height/weight charts. Worse, I just didn’t feel good about myself. I could hardly fit into any of my clothes, felt sluggish, and was having some other health concerns.
So I went back to running (my favorite form of fitness). Not going to lie, it was VERY difficult at first. I couldn’t fit into most of my favorite running clothes and my pace was very slow. My body was very sore after running even a couple miles. But…
After stalling for about 3 weeks around 156 pounds, I decided to get more serious about my food. That’s when I really started to make use of MyFitnessPal. The weight started moving again! In the picture above, I was at 151 pounds (around mid-July).
Finally, here I am today:
I weigh 145 pounds as of this morning – a total of 21 pounds down! While I’ve been this weight before, it’s been at least a couple years and I have to say, I don’t feel like I was ever this fit at this weight before. By losing the weight slowly (roughly a pound of week), I’m working to make sure I’m losing fat, not muscle.
My ultimate goal is to get to 135, where I was before kids. However, I’m not in any particular rush to get there. I’m going to stay the course, and possibly, slow my weight loss down even further to maybe 1/2 pound per week. This time around, I’m thinking more about maintaining my loss once I get there, not just dropping the weight.
If you started this journey when I shared my update with you in July, I’d love to hear how you’re doing. And if you are on MyFitnessPal (or end up joining as a result of this post), feel free to friend me at arussell134. I log on every day and am happy to throw some encouragement your way.
I’d like to end this post by encouraging you if you know you need to get off your you-know-what but have been lacking the motivation. I’d say DON’T WAIT until you’re feeling motivated. DO IT NOW. I know if I would’ve waited around until I felt like starting, I’d still be sitting on the couch. I found that the motivation followed my actions. Don’t wait until next Monday, next month, or next year. Start now!! 😉
Disclosure: I’m not a personal trainer, doctor, or nutritionist. Just a gal that’s had some success losing weight on her own through a sensible approach of calorie reduction and exercise. I do not advocate or endorse any weight loss product or particular method. If you have specific health concerns, I encourage you to seek the professional advice of a doctor and/or nutritionist. Thanks, friends!