I really need to start using this blog more. And actually figure out how to use it properly. I’ve found documenting what I do in life really helps me stay focused on my goals.
This year I made a New Years resolution. I made a resolution to get healthier. Very cliché I know, but this time I am determined to stick to it. So far so good. In 6 weeks I have lost 5kg. My initial goal was to lose a kilo a week, but after 4 weeks my weight loss slowed. I’ve started running in the morning before the kids wake up. It’s been a struggle, I really don’t like running or getting up early, but it’s something I’m determined to keep up. I was running a few years ago but stopped when I got pregnant with my daughter (damn you morning sickness!).
I’m also back at the gym. Doing PT twice a week with a friend and doing 5 classes. Mainly cardio and some weights. A couple of weeks ago I did a body scan and it showed that since October 2017 I have lost muscle. It upset me but at the moment I am focused on losing fat. Once I’ve got to an ideal amount of body fat I will focus more on weight training and getting stronger.
I have a goal weight, but I understand that muscle weighs more than fat, so I’m trying not to focus on it. It’s an all over healthiness that I’m aiming for. I’ve already noticed an improvement in my fitness. Every time I run I am able to go a little further or a little faster. I am less out of breath during the gym classes and I generally have more energy. I’ve even been exceeding my 10,000 daily step goal.
The App MyFitnessPal has played a huge part in this years weight loss success. I had no idea how many calories I was consuming until I started using it. Lately I’ve been on 1520 calories a day but I’ve just dropped to 1450 to help me lose weight for our tropical holiday in April. It has helped me so much. I was over eating carbs (and the app allows for plenty of carbs!), not having enough protein and consuming way too much fat. Since using it seriously I have cut out a lot of dairy, started eating leaner meats and my vegie and fruit intake has increased. I’ve also been trying to eat cleaner. Getting carbs from sweet potato and pumpkin instead of rice and pasta. This is something I am still working on.
Overall I am excited to see what will happen if I continue to do what I’m currently doing. Obviously I’m human and I’ve had a few slip ups along the way, but I’m happy with how my body has changed and how I am feeling.