I have been working really hard over the past year or so to trim down. I wasn’t that big to begin with, however I was told by my nutritionist that the smaller you are, the harder it is to lose weight! He got that right!!
I am quite petite. I am 5 feet 2 inches tall. I weight currently 8st 11lbs. Some you might say that I am ’normal’ for my height. I am not a spring chicken anymore where I could eat what I wanted and still look like a rake. It doesn’t help that metabolism decreases with age! Just why?! So I have been following a plan and doing lots of exercises too.
I used to eat all my calories at once. One meal a day suited me fine. So long I have my coffee in the morning, then I don’t feel hungry at all until dinner time. That’s when the floodgates open! I could eat a field of horses and still crave sweet in the evening. I did go down the road of three meals a day as advised my nutritionist. No carbs, no sugar and drinking at least 2 litres of water a day. I did all this and yes, it worked to a degree, but I still found myself craving. I am slowly getting myself back into the routine of three meals a day. It’s not been easy and I have almost cut down my sugar intake to the weekends. I know I need to bring this down to once a week, but sometimes I can’t help myself.
Do I really want to be so aggressive with my eating habits or do I want to be ripped! Well the answer is I want to be ’trim’. I don’t want to sacrifice my life and be unhappy because I can’t eat what I want. I eat clean most of the time now. I especially love my big hunk of steak! I do look forward to the weekends when I can have sugar! I am allowed alcohol once a week and to be honest, I don’t drink that much anyway. Sometimes I drink once or twice a month, if that!
I have been doing bodyweight exercises along with my healthy eating. I started off following the Freeletics app. I am still using it. I can’t believe I was so unfit. My warm ups are even more than some of the exercises I was given for the day. Now I am easily doing squats, burpees and push ups. I wasn’t able to do a single push up when I first started. Some of my exercises now have 50 push ups in them. Plus I am beating my personal bests. Some by seconds, others my minutes. My most impressive one was today where I beat my personal best by 6 mins and 47 seconds. That’s incredible!
I started off being 9st 9lbs May last year. Today I weighed in at 8st 10 1/4 pounds. It doesn’t sound like a lot, but as I said before… the smaller you are, the harder it is to lose. I saw my nutritionist today for a bit of a motivational kick. He told me how muscular my thighs were and that I have lost some more body fat! I was so proud of myself. Yes, I’ve had more treats than I should have done and I really expected him to say that I have gained fat. We had a chat about my eating habits and I have some tweaks here and there, but I can honestly say I am ready to make the change!
So you see, if you put your mind to it, then anything can be achieved. Never did I think I would look trim in a bikini again or have my skinny jeans on without having a ’muffin top’. I’m so glad to feel good about myself and proof that hard work pays off.