Putting yourself out there, weight and measurements included, is a very personal and hard thing to do. Not to mention the photos of yourself that you look in the mirror and think, “this has to change.”
But, here I am.
In the past (pre-pregnancy), I really only did cardio. I would sometimes do bodyweight exercise, but no weights. And I was never completely happy with my body then. I carry my weight in my legs, so naturally, I hated my thighs.
When I started the gym at the end of 2012, I started doing just cardio again. Through Instagram and Pinterest, I was able to get ideas of different weight exercises I could do. Then, I had a trainer create a program for me. I had the goals of running a sprint triathlon (something I would still love to do) and losing 10 Ibs to start.
That is still the goal. I don’t have a specific goal weight in mind. Maybe 116 and make it an even 20 Ibs weight loss. But as long as I lose fat and gain muscle, I’ll be happy. But short term goals, I want to lose my first 10.
There’s a gym at my new employer (which is free!) and I have been making use of that. My struggle is that I’m used to getting up early and working out before I start work. Which I love. But, they have an afternoon class, which is some cardio, HIIT, and weights. I love this class. But I don’t want to overdo the exercise. These classes are Monday, Tuesday and Thursday. And there’s spin classes on Wednesday and Friday. So, I will likely stick to these.
As for nutrition, I need to look at my goals. One thing I will tell everyone who asks how I did it: please, please, please eat enough. I’ve been there. With a goal of 1,200 calories, I thought that if I ate less, it would be even better.
Your body needs fuel. I wish the podcast was still creating new shows, but it’s still available to listen. I highly recommend you listen to Fat2Fit radio. your health shouldn’t be a quick fix. How many times have you started a diet, only to give in to temptation after restricting and undo everything you worked for? I’ve lost count. Your weight loss should be a lifestyle change. Meaning, yes, you need to watch what you eat, but if you really want to have dessert, you can. I had my BMR tested (I have no idea how the test figures it out, but I had to breathe into a contraption for about 10 minutes.) My basil metabolic rate was 1350. Meaning, this is how many calories my body would burn on it own if I didn’t do anything. Never ever eat under your BMR. There are so many calculators out there for you to use! I recommend this. Another method I considered trying is IIFYM, but I’ll maybe move to that later. For now, my goal calories are 1750.