Progress not Perfection
I decided to loose some of my baby weight and get healthier and fitter in April of this year.
Since then I have lost around 19lbs and lost 1-2 dress sizes, going from a 14 to a 10/12, (159lbs to ~140lbs).
I did this through additional exercise/weight training and eating more healthily.
The exercise included getting stuck in to Roller Derby training twice a week (a good 4-5 hours of skating) and going to the gym twice a week to do some weight lifting (not cardio, I got enough of that from the skating).
I saw pretty dramatic results after about 3 months. my body shape has changed, my pre-baby clothes all fit again, I am stronger, more toned in my arms and legs, have lost a good bit of my mummy tummy and generally feel better in myself.
The healthy eating however, is ALWAYS the most challenging thing.
Most of what I read suggests that weight loss is 70/80% diet and 30/20% exercise.
(I chose weight training as I know that muscle mass burns more calories than fat in the body, and so increases your metabolism, as well as making you leaner and stronger.)
I'm guessing my body fay % has decreased since April, but by how much I have no idea..I'd like to think maybe 5% but that would be a pretty wild guess!
|October 2013 - August 2014|
So, back to the healthy eating...what did I change and what did I eat to help me loose the weight and feel fitter and healthier...
- I stopped eating chocolate, not 100% but 90%. I was having a big snack bag of maltesers most days and it was not doing me any good!
- I stopped eating so much bread.
- I always had a good breakfast - either porridge, eggs or french toast or a smoothy of some kind.
- I started eating more nuts, seeds and veggies.
- I started having fresh juices and smoothies regularly.
- I stuck to 3 meals a day, and maybe one snack.
- I stopped eating so much white pasta.
- I started drinking only water and green tea.
- I stopped drinking fizzy drinks, especially diet coke and I stopped drinking fruit juice.
For the last month, things have been creeping back into my diet - cake, chocolate, sweet treats mainly. Because I've lost weight and I feel better, I kind of feel like I can risk it and not gain too much weight (dangerous thinking!) I have also been doing a 6 - week fitness course at the gym and working out 3 times a week for 1 hour (of high intensity cardio and strength training) which has made me hungry and tired!!
Tiredness is my enemy, anger is my enemy and stress is my enemy - If I am one or all of those three - I eat. I want something to make me feel better and that is usually a sweet treat or a Starbucks Chai latte...or something similar....
This is getting frustrating and I have gotten back into the habit of allowing sweet treats, and now it's hard to stop...but I WILL.
I WILL start to plan more of my meals and take lunches to work.
I WILL stop having a Starbucks Chai every day - maybe once or twice a week??
I WILL get back on track.
(easier said than done, but I'll do it!)
Weigh-in tonight at the gym - looking forward to seeing what my measurements are...hoping to have lost a few inches - not many, but a few...
My new mantra "Mostly Healthy, Most of the Time"