I am currently on a mission to drop about a dozen pounds which would bring me right to 150 (I’m 5’10). I decided to do this because I tend to carry all my extra weight around my waist and while I am great at wearing clothing that camouflage this so most people can’t tell I know that having extra belly fat is not good. I must admit that while this is more based on wanting to be fit and healthy than wanting to reach a certain weight I know I will have even more self confidence if I complete this goal.
I always count calories, but I’ve been slack lately. I’ve been eating a lot more and while I have still been tracking my calories (I use MyFitnessPal online & on my phone) I have been focused on breaking even, not on losing anything. I decided it is time to really get my bottom in gear as I am super motivated by all these amazing people I see in the blog/fitness world who constantly inspire me to do more and be healthier.
I am trying to do this by being stricter about the number of calories I am allowed to take in a day. FYI – Because of all the running I do I focus on taking in 1,600 calories a day so my body has enough fuel for my workouts, but I am still consuming below what my body burns in a day. Plus all my exercise takes even more off. In addition to that I am working on watching where those calories come from. Before I thought that as long as I was under 1,600 calories I was doing fine. Now I realize that 1,600 calories of junk is very different that 1,600 quality calories. I am really working on eating more veggies (always a struggle for me) and have luckily realized I love raw green beans and baby carrots. On top of that I am working on reigning in my ridiculous sweets craving by packing healthy snacks, finding another food option, or just drinking a crud ton of water to distract myself and stay hydrated. Which makes me have to get up a million times a night to go to the restroom.
However, after a week and a half I’m down one pound and feeling way better. While one pound is not that much I already feel less puffy, maybe because I’m eating less junk. I also feel good about the fact that I am making smarter decisions. Hope I can keep it up:)
I recently saw an article in Self magazine’s August issue on all the benefits dropping just 10 pounds can have on your health. This is not for all you skinny minnies out there, but for those of us who honestly have an extra 10lbs laying around they could stand to lose. This really reinforced the reasons I am do this, because truthfully I can hide the weight so it doesn’t affect my appearance that much, but I want to be the healthiest, best me I can be.
- Here is a recap of their reasons:
1. Smarter – Women with higher BMIs scored lower on memory tests
- 2. Richer – Studies show women who are overweight make less than normal sized competitors, seriously F-ed, but true
- 3. Faster – By dropping 10 lbs you run between 30-40 seconds faster a mile
- 4. Lighter – Every pound of weight creates about 4lbs of force on your body (think ankle, knee, and hip pain) drop just ten pounds and remove 40lbs of pressure
- 5. Happier – Provides confidence & a mood boost
- 6. Sexier – Feeling more confident and in touch with your body leads to a happy bedroom boom
- 7. Smaller – Shrink fat cells helping to create a tinier waist & more importantly a healthier heart
- 8. Healthier – Reduce your risk of diabetes
9. Readier – Excess weight may alter pregnancy hormones, make sure your body is ready when you are
So happy I am back on track. It totally motivated me to run even though today was a busy day and things were not all going as planned. Instead of giving in I got out there.
How’s your night going? What do you do if a run/workout is going great, but you are supposed to stop at a certain time?
And finally…. How in the world do you fall asleep post workout? (twitch, twitch, shake, bounce)