Back in January I started participating in a weight-loss contest run by my local rec center. (I discussed the reasons why I joined this program here.)
Anyway, it’s been almost two months and things are going pretty well. I’m tracking the food I eat using an iphone app, MyFitnessPal, and stay around 1,400 calories a day. I try to eat mostly vegetables and protein mostly because I’ve learned that even though I love carbs with an undying passion (I’m looking at you–toast, bagels, rice, and pastries!) I don’t have the calories to waste on them right now.
In terms of exercise, I’ve been lifting weights for an hour with my friend Linnie twice a week, doing cardio for about 50 min twice a week, and cross-training with my slim-to-win team for an hour once a week. It really tires me out. Most nights, I could easily fall asleep at 9:30 but I go to bed around 11 pm (have to get my tv/movie/k-pop video watching time in with N!)
While the results haven’t been as dramatic as I would like, I have noticed a difference. In January I lost 4.3 pounds and my body fat percentage dropped from 37.2% body fat to 34.2%. I lost 2 inches around my chest and waist. I’m also getting stronger–I get a kick out of lifting a weight that was previously too heavy for me.
The best part of this whole thing is that it has helped me reshape how I think about my body. Even though I’m still overweight I feel much more positively toward my body. Before I had a tendency to write off my ability to anything physical but now I’m impressed by the things my body is able to do. My workouts usually leave me feeling at least a little sore but I like feeling little twinges as I go about my day because it means that I’m getting stronger.
This week is when we have our official weigh-in, body-fat test, and measurements taken for this last month. I’m nervous/excited to see my results!