Weightloss update and some such! :: Wednesday, October 19, 2011
SOO~~ I've had some plans for this post for awhile. As you all know, I've been dieting for about 9 or 10 months now. I've been doing my very best, and have made some progress towards my goal! Right now, I am about 8~10 lbs (3~4 kg) away from my ideal weight! Seeing as I started my quest at about 165 lbs (75 kg) I'm feeling pretty good now.
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Yeah, that's me. And, that was after losing 10 lbs (5 kg) or more!
I've been asked a few times how I've been going about losing my extra padding, so I wanted to share a little of my journey with you all here!
First of all, everyone who wants to lose weight, whether it is 5 lbs or 100 lbs, you have to find what works for you. Not everyone is into running long distances, not everyone loves to dance, and not everyone can physically get up and participate in strenuous activities! So, the very first things you have to figure out is what YOU can do.
This is what has worked for me.
In the very beginning, I started out going to the gym 2-3 times a week. Starting slow, I would run/walk on the elliptical machine. The first couple weeks, I could only last for 20-30 minutes before I thought I was going to DIE! I would stumble off the machine literally dripping buckets of sweat looking like a limping zombie. It was NOT pretty. It was kind of disheartening because I was SO out of shape. I also started to play soccer with a local indoor club every Sunday. I wanted to quit so many times in the beginning, but some how, I kept going.
OMG! YUCK! (O_O；)
Also, from the beginning, I started to limit my daily intake. Instead of eating nearly 2000 calories (or more) I brought my daily allotment to 1600 calories. That doesn't sound like much, but really, it is a significant amount when you're used to eating whatever you like whenever you like!! Also, I banned a lot of foods from my diet. Chips gone, snacks NO MORE!, Candy nope, fast foods GET OUTTA HERE! Also, sugar filled drinks like soda/pop, fruit juices and the likes were a HUGE NO NO! You wont believe how quickly the first couple of pounds come off when you stop eating JUNK!
As the months went by, I was able to run steadily for over an hour burning 700 calories each time. But, going to the same place doing the same thing 3 days a week began to get way too boring... So, getting myself to go to the gym was more of a challenge, especially because I worked 5-6 days a week. So, I started to mix things up. 1-2 times a week I went to the gym, 1-2 days a week I started to do Wii!! Wii sports are incredibly addictive and quite the aerobic workout! My favorite games are definitely Just Dance, DDR, and Zumba!
ZUMBA! (this is actually from this morning)
My second step in my dieting was to start limiting the amount of carbohydrates I ate and increasing the whole/fresh foods I was eating. This is breads, pasta, rice, cereals, potatoes etc. These foods, though are typically good for you, turn right into sugars in your body, your body goes HOLY HELL TOOOOO MUCH SUGAR! and your pancreas shoots out loads of insulin to compensate which, in turn, lowers your blood sugar, which makes you go... MMMM DONUTS! and cram your face full of more foods that you really don't need (and probably shouldn't be eating in the first place). And so goes the ugly cycle.
You see, cutting calories can only do so much for diets, and will only work for a limited time before most people quit because it's not working fast enough/ is too hard to maintain for long periods of time. So, by pairing the cut calories with changing my entire diet to better foods, I was able to lose a lot more weight.
Lately, I have been working out 5 days a week. This sounds like a lot, but really, it depends on what you're doing. I walk 4-5 miles 3-4 days a week, play soccer once a week, and try to do something aerobic (Wii!!) once a week depending on if I was able to walk every day or not. Plus, I have cut my calories to 1200~1400 a day. (you really should NEVER go below 1200 calories unless supervised by a physician!) This, for me, is maintainable and does not put un-do stress on my body. Plus, WATER! DRINK IT! I try to drink the required 8 8oz of water a day. It flushes out toxins and excess salt which make you retain water (i.e. weight).
Also, don't stress. You have to give in every once in awhile. It isn't CHEATING on your diet unless you do it CONSTANTLY! Eating a couple cookies every once in awhile, a bowl of ice cream here and there, or a candy bar now and then is not going to ruin you.
Oh, and don't let yourself get hungry. If you are hungry, EAT! But, eat something GOOD for you. Handful of carrots, gram crackers with peanut butter, some cereal. Yes, I know I said OMG carbs NO!! But, you don't need to completely eliminate them from your diet, just limit them. They make awesome snacks.., not gonna lie.
Another thing I want to stress, DO NOT GIVE IN TO THE FADS! FADS FADE! You know what I'm talking about.. "Try this pill and the pounds will melt off!" "No exercise needed weight loss" "eat this food and you wont be a little fatty!" They may work for a short time, but they wont really do it for the long run. You might lose the weight for a little while, but it WILL come back because most FAD diets are not healthy or maintainable for the long haul.
I think almost all the gals out there are familiar with this ad, or ads like it.... it's a lie. So don't let similar ads pull you in!
I hope sharing my tips with you all helps someone!
In other newssss~
The women in my family get together once a month for any birthdays we have in that month. So, Monday was the dinner. This month, there are no birthdays... so, we celebrated Halloween! After we were all there, we realized we should have all dressed up or done something more special for this one... oh well!
What I wore... I'm covering my face because I kept making the derpiest faces evAR!
I finally got to wear the cape I bought last year! When I got it last year, it went from too warm to wear it, to too COLD! BOO!
And, this is today. Just another work day...
And now, I dance!!! （ ・∀・）
And, the makeup... with my camera, you can't usually see what my eyeshadow is doing, so, finally this is what it looks like.
I hope you all enjoyed this entry! If you have any questions you want to ask me about my weight loss or anything, feel free to ask!
posted by l0ckheart @ 11:49 AM