I’ve ummed and ahhed about sharing my weight loss journey with you – it was nixed from my 2014 goals post. Too cliched! I have introduced monthly challenges, and on comments, I’ve disclosed my weight and my weight loss & fitness goals. I’ve finally decided I should put it all in a post, so in ten weeks time, you can enjoy the ‘after’ and compare to this, the ‘before’! There’ll only be a before and after photo if the results are impressive.
I was encouraged by Dear Baby G’s post of her similar experience on the Michelle Bridge’s 12 week Body Transformation (she’s Australia’s female Biggest Loser trainer-come-multi millionaire fitness guru!). Yep, I paid for 12 weeks of meal plans and fitness plans, with forums and ‘mindset’ videos twice a week. It’s a sizable sum to some people, but I’ve decided it’s worth it, especially as I believe I struggle to find enough tasty but healthy meals. Having a ‘meal plan’ makes it easy to shop – it makes a shopping list for me! I refine meals, so I can change what I have when, and make double batches for leftovers for lunches. Of course, it’s all calorie controlled, and my portion sizes have dropped considerably. And I’m hungry… some of the time.
Here’s my goals
- Weight: get back to ‘normal’ weight: 70
-72kg (weighed in at 72kg on 12/3/14)
- Stretch weight goal: get to 65kg
- Fitness goal month 1: Run the ‘lap around the park’ without stopping (this was my ‘usual’ walk when I did my December Walking Challenge)
- Fitness goal month 3: Run 5km without stopping
- Stretch fitness goal (month 5): run a half marathon (~21km) in two hours
- Airy fairy non-specific goals:
- lose the muffin top/bulge, so from hips to torso are a smooth line
- fit into the ‘tight’ work uniform pants (already feeling better the week of 3/3/14!)
- feel confident about wearing ‘bare arms’
Here’s my stats
31/12/13 weight: ~78 kg (BMI: 25)
2/2/14 weight: 76.5 kg <—————pre week 1
12/2/14 weight: 74.4 kg (BMI:24)
Week 1 – fitness
Time trial to run 1 km: 5 min 27 seconds
Knee push ups: 16
Ab strength (planks) 80 seconds
Wall sit: 1 min 15 sec
Sit and reach: 7 cm
Week 1 – measurements
Weight: 76.5 kg
Waist measurement: 95 cm (I remember it was 1m late last year)
Chest measurement: 94.5 cm
Widest (waist): 104
Right thigh: 54 cm
Right arm: 30.5 cm
I’m only approaching the end of week 2 now, but already I’ve seen a downward trend with my weight. And I’m confident of improvements on my (12WBT) fitness measurements. The BF already knows I could have done better than what I got on the day!
And with running? Well, despite being on the ‘Learn to Run’ program to reach 5km by the end of the program, this past Saturday I was entered in the Color Run, which is “the happiest 5k run on the planet”. And I ran continuously for 22 minutes (and finished the 5km in 37 mins, so… my calcs might be off somewhere)!! That’s 2.14 kms, at a pace of 6.18km/h! So how’s that for pushing myself?
So come along with me, join me as I curse the crunches and hill runs, and cherish the weight loss and healthy eating (some of it at least). Just having readers is enough to make me try and keep my word – especially now it’s in black and white!!