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THREE POUNDS. Three pounds.
I’ve officially hit my first weight loss-related goal of 10 total pounds! Officially, in about 6 weeks, maybe 7?, I’ve lost 12.5 pounds.
I’m pretty pumped right now and I don’t care who knows it.
I tracked nearly everything I put in my mouth for the second week in a row and really focused on how I disbursed my calories throughout the day. My goal is roughly 350-375 calories per meal with about the same amount for snacks throughout the day. If I work out, I do eat back some of my calories, but not all. Never all.
It’s been difficult some days to stay under the daily calorie allotment. Some days I feel like I’m starving from the minute I wake up until the minute I go to sleep. But then other days I eat three meals and snacks and get to the end of the day and find I’m still under goal. I’m trying to look at it as a whole week instead of individual days.
Saturday I pulled my Gap Skinnies out of the dryer and put them on to run some errands. THEY WERE LOOSE. Normally when I first put them on, they’re a little snug and they loosen up over the course of me wearing them. But not this time. This time they just zipped right up with no weird sucking in or resistance at all.
And my shorts are looser too. The ones I bought last summer in a size larger than I was/had ever been because my mom-belly took up so much room I had to buy bigger clothes to squish it in. They’re looser now.
The mom-belly, “mother’s apron,” extra skin and flab that stretched beyond its limits while housing children on two occasions? It’s smaller. I can feel that it’s smaller.
I never thought I would feel that.
Ahhhhh!! 12.5 pounds! It’s time to buy a bra, I guess!
As for working out and adding weights, which is still something that plagues me, here’s what I decided to do.
My gym gives one free personal training session, but having worked out with a personal trainer in the past, I know that once isn’t really enough for me to feel comfortable on the weight floor. I would just do the same thing every time and that wouldn’t really be helpful in the long term.
Thanks to some great links and helpful comments last week, I’m going to do some weight/resistance exercises at home to start. I have some 3 lb weights and some walls and chairs for resistance. There’s a small step on our back patio I can use if I need to and a higher one on the back deck. All the tools I need for muscle building and toning I have at home already.
To figure out what to do, I turned to Pinterest and created a State of the Weight board to keep various arm, back, core, butt, and leg exercises in one place. This way, I can try out new routines and exercises in my living room where the only people who will laugh at me are those I birthed or the one who swore to love me for better or for worse.
Once I’ve got a system down and exercises I’m comfortable with, and perhaps start to see some improvements, I’ll move to the weight floor at the gym where there is advanced equipment. I feel like that makes sense for where I am right now.
State of the Weight is about small, sustainable changes.
I’m making changes and I’m seeing the results of those changes. It feels good. I like it.
Weekly goal: Do 5 at-home exercise routines
Weight goal: Lose another 10 total pounds, bringing the total to 22.5 pounds lost.
My reward when I lose another 10 pounds will either be a heartrate monitor or new shoes. My current ones are probably 5 years old, minimum, and while they’re not worn out (because, Hi, I didn’t work out for 5 years) they probably aren’t as supportive as they should be or supportive in the right places. Heartrate monitor or shoes? What would you choose?
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