Well, I figured I’d hold myself accountable to my viewing public by giving a fitness update! I fizzled out on WSFL about the third week through. My last documented measurements were done on 10/19/08. I hit a rough spot, things got tough and I just wasn’t interested in the program anymore. Plus I think I experienced an awful week of bloating and/or cravings that would have just made my final stats look awful, so yeah, I didn’t see it to the end. There were several things I took from the program that I did like. Most specifically: the detailed meal planning, some yummy breakfast options (I love omelets with turkey bacon now!) and a few new exercises (the push-ups to prone jackknife is a killer ab work out). In three weeks I lost 8 pounds, which wasn’t bad at all.
Fortunately, I was able to maintain a steady weight for a good month and a half (even through Thanksgiving!). Although I wasn’t working out regularly due to an insane work/school schedule and extraneous life events, I was able to keep my eating in check, which kept my weight at a steady 166lbs. (Yes, I’m disclosing my weight…without numbers you can’t show progress!)
To give you some perspective, when I went off Yasmin in August, I’d guess my weight was upwards of 178. When I actually got the courage to step on the scale and take the WSFL "before" photos, I weighed in at 174. Those were not pretty numbers, but for the majority of the six months I was on that dang pill, I was hanging out in the mid 170s.
And now it shouldn’t be long before I’m back in the 150s again! I weighed in today at a new low of 161, down 13 pounds since 9/28/08. I haven’t seen these numbers since March! I began working out 6 days a week about two weeks ago. Right now I’m just doing what I LIKE to do. Weightlifting and cardio, and what’s proven to work for me in the past – Body for Life kind of stuff. I alternate upper and lower body weights every other day MWF and do cardio on TThSat. I work out at night, because I can NOT get myself out of bed early enough to go before work. I loosely follow the diet plan of WSFL. I’ve gotten on such a routine food-wise, that I just eat the same sort of thing day in and day out.
I had a fitness epiphany the other day. I can follow a really strict plan of high intensity circuit workouts similar to WSFL, but it won’t work unless I follow it religiously and get my butt to the gym everyday and stick to the eating plan 100%. This rarely happens, since I always find excuses not to go, mostly because I dread the exercises. On the other hand, if I do what I actually LIKE to do, then I look forward to going to the gym everyday, and I end up losing more weight as a result!
In two weeks I’ve lost 5 pounds. So, apparently what I’m doing is working just fine
In case you’re interested in seeing what 13 pounds of weight loss looks like, here’s a side by side comparison. The first image is from 9/28/08 and the second was taken on 12/12/08.