I started this blog last year to write about my journey to fitness and better health. I did really well and then let the holidays get the best of me. I kept saying to myself that I’d stop eating so much junk after the holidays, but of course, that wasn’t so easy because I was really hooked on sugar. This year, I hope to be better prepared and not get in that mind-set in the first place.
I recently came across a photo of a gorgeous mom named Maria Kang. It became a bit controversial when people felt she was fat shaming. I believe she was just trying to encourage other busy mom and let them know that you just have to put away the excuses and DO it.
On her website, I came across her book, which (unless I’m missing something) is a bunch of chapters on her site that are free. One of them suggested setting your 3-month goal and then finding something near the end of it that is meaningful to you — something to work towards. Then I realized that if I started Nov. 5 I would finish Feb. 5 — two days before my 40th birthday! This is meaningful to me because I have been promising myself for months that I would be in the best shape of my life by my 40th birthday.
This isn’t saying too much because I’ve never been overweight — at worst, 15 lbs of extra fat after baby, which whittled down to 7-10 by itself after a while. I never exercised a whole lot and I ate like crap. Now I find it’s not so easy and I want to be a bit thinner, but it’s so much more than that. I want to be healthier and I want to be stronger. So this goal is multi-pronged.
I need to revisit where I was in summer 2012 when I reached my initial goals. I learned about “clean eating” and went for it. By “clean eating,” I mean simple and as unprocessed as possible. Some people define clean eating as “Paleo” or other things, but I consider those subsets that are more restrictive. Regular clean eating, without cutting out any food groups, worked well for me. I watched my calorie intake, recorded my food and was very strict about one cheat meal per week, which I savored. It worked well for me (along with daily exercise — ChaLEAN Extreme and TurboFire).
In the time since, I’ve spent too much time reading about food. I’ve reached a point where food has become a villain and I feel terribly guilty about everything I eat. Meat is bad. Dairy is bad. Grains are bad. Heck, even too much spinach can be bad! I guess I can’t unlearn things (maybe old age will help, eventually), but I can try to just decide to eat moderately from different food groups and choose the best options (sprouted grain bread, for instance). I’ve also taken on a few restrictive challenges this year (21-Day Sugar Detox and Whole Life Challenge) that I just didn’t do well on. I think a gentler, whole-body approach is better for me.
So let’s get to the starting numbers:
Weight – 120.0
Waist – 26-1/4
Hips – 34-1/4″
Around the saddlebag area, both legs – 35-3/4″
Left thigh, bulgiest part – 22-5/8″
Left calf, biggest part – 12.5″
Left arm – 10-3/4″
Body fat – 11 mm or 22.2%
I want to be less scale oriented and more size oriented, but just to set a general goal, I’d like to reach 115 lbs — and that’s with muscle. I’m going to set a fat percentage goal of 20%. I have no idea if that’s in line with the weight I chose, so to some extent I’m going to have to play it by ear. I hate to go by clothing size because I already wear a size 2, so there’s only one size down to go (which is really mind-boggling since I’m not THAT small and there are certainly people much smaller than me — what the heck do they wear?!). Incidentally, if you compare my body fat to periods last year when I weighed less, it seems to be the same, or even less. I can only imagine that I either measured wrong (just did it twice) or that since I’ve been hitting the weights my weight is up but my body composition is leaner. Maybe I’m getting down on myself based on weight a little too much. My clothes are feeling tighter, so I’m definitely putting on a bit more fat, but maybe it’s not as bad as I think?