This post is a bit personal for me, but I hoped by sharing it it might hold me a bit more accountable when it comes to achieving my goals and maybe even inspire a few people.
I have been self-conscious about my weight since I was kid. While I did go through a bit of a chubby phase as a kid, I definitely outgrew it but getting my sixteen year old self to believe that was impossible. Looking back at photos of my teenage self now, I wish I still looked like that! As I entered my twenties my metabolism slowed down more and I began to gain weight more rapidly. I’ve always loved eating and while I could see myself gaining weight and losing more confidence in myself, I couldn’t stop making poor choices.
I could legally drink at this point and loved going out with my friends. Not only does alcohol have a high calorie content, but I was eating poorly after going to the bar too. I also had my own car so picking up McDonald’s and other junk food was super easy and my already poor eating habits got even worse. I would get upset with how clothes fit and with the way I looked, but I would continue to make bad choices when it came to food to make myself feel better. I would try and eat healthy and exercise on occasion after feeling particularly bad about myself, but it never lasted more than a few days and I was right back to my old habits.
Last month I turned 25 and something just clicked for me. I have been extremely hard on myself when it comes to a lot of things in my life and I need to show myself a little bit more love. For me this is starting with my health. I think I failed so many times in the past was because I was strictly dieting and exercising to look a certain way whereas now of course I want to look thinner and more toned, but I also want to feel healthier.
I bought a Fitbit Zip years ago and decided to make the effort to use it in conjunction with the app to track my exercise, count my calories, and monitor my water intake for one month. If I hated it, I’d find something else, but instead something unexpected happened: I became addicted!
I was so oblivious to portion sizes and calorie counts before, but by using the Fitbit app I can see how many calories I’m consuming each day as well as how many I’m burning. I try and stay in a 500-700 calorie deficit each day which is ultimately why I’ve lost some weight.
I haven’t deprived myself of any food or drink which I think has been a tremendous help. If I want something unhealthy I either have a smaller portion so it fits into my allotted calorie intake for the day or I have what I want and exercise more.
I also have only been walking! I’m usually somewhere between 4 and 5 miles per day on average, though weekends tend to be higher as I can spend more time being active. I work at a desk through the week, so it can be challenging to fit in those steps, but I find an hour on the treadmill right after work as well as an evening stroll with my mom outside after dinner has been making it easier. I like that it’s broken up so I don’t get bored.
When I do go to the gym I like to increase and decrease the incline so I burn more calories. Here is what my average workout looks like at (I always walk at a speed somewhere between 2.8 and 3.0):
00:00 – 04:00 For the first 5 minutes I increase the incline by 1 each minute (0 the first, 1 after the first minute, 2 after the second minute, etc.)
05:00 – 09:00 I then walk for 5 minutes at level 5
10:00 – 11:00 I then increase the incline by 1 and hold for 2 minutes
12:00 – 17:00 I continue increasing the incline every two minutes until I reach level 10
18:00 – 22:00 I hold at level 10 for another 5 minutes
23:00 – 23:59 I increase to level 11
24:00 – 27:00 I increase the level after each minute until I get to level 15
28:00 – 28:59 I decrease the level to 14
29:00 – 32:00 I decrease the level by 1 after each minute until I get to level 10
33:00 – 42:00 I hold at level 10 for 10 minutes
43:00 – 44:00 I decrease the level to 9 and hold for 2 minutes
45:00 – 50:00 I continue decreasing the level by 1 after every 2 minute interval
5:00 – 55:00 I hold at level 5 for 5 minutes
56:00 – 58:00 I hold at level 4 for 3 minutes
59:00 – 59:59 I go back to level 0 for the last minute
You can definitely play around with the intensity, but I find this to be effective for me and helps keep me from getting bored at the gym. I’m someone who gets bored easily, so that has been key. A couple of other things that have really helped me is having cute workout gear and having a good playlist!
I recently got some pieces from Onzie that have made the transition of going back to the gym a fun one! I have the Molly Tank in ‘Berry’* which is such a pretty colour and goes great with black leggings for a pop of colour. It is made of a quick-dry jersey/spandex blend that is really lightweight. I love the high neck and it has flyaway sides that really pretty. I currently wear a tank underneath, but I think this top is going to be a great transition piece. I also have their V-Back Tank in ‘Black’* which offers great ventilation when I’m sweating on the treadmill! It again is lightweight and goes with everything in my wardrobe. I love pairing that top with my ‘Chamber’ Capri Pants*. The snakeskin print is fun without being too bold and I love that the material is lightweight but I don’t have to worry about them being see-through. I don’t have workout capri pants aside from these so I can see them getting worn a lot this summer!
I managed to lose 2 pounds the first week as well as an additional pound the following three for a total of 5 pounds lost this month! I still have a long way to go until I reach my goal but tracking everything has been such a big help at keeping me motivated. I haven’t seen any physical results yet, but knowing I’ve lost weight, have more energy, and feel better, is enough to keep me going. I’m really hoping I stay disciplined and make this a change in my lifestyle.
While I’m happy with my results in just one month I definitely noticed I need to be drinking more water so that’s a main goal for me to work on in the weeks ahead! I also haven’t been restricting what I’m eating, only portions, so I want to focus on eating healthier in the next month too.
Do you have any tips for me on losing weight and/or drinking more water?
*This post contains product that was sent to me for consideration. This in no way influences my opinion.