So here is my weight loss, fat loss history and update (yay!!) from the very beginning (July 12, 2008) up until the present (May 28, 2012) in pictures and a little chat as well.
For reference I’ll put my weight in pounds here for you…
July 12, 2008 – 223lbs.
It took me 26 weeks to drop those 50lbs ^. So any pictures on my blog (you can find them all HERE , HERE or HERE ) between January 2009 up until now – there wasn’t much more weight loss…I turned it into fat loss and replaced that fat with muscle. Today (June 1, 2012), I weigh 162.4lbs. So, my weight difference between January 2009 and now is about 13.6lbs – that’s it! Amazing, huh? I have no words. Today, I am a tiny, tall chick, but these pics make me look bigger than what I am so I’m happy about that. LOL! I like muscle mass and it’s hard to keep since I’m trying to get leaner. I’m going to give myself until the end of this Summer to get that done. I am at 18-19% percent body fat right now and I want to see myself, if only for a day, at 14 or 15% body fat. Pray fo’ me!
So, after my 2nd week of Phase 1 of the South Beach Diet was up I had dropped a total of 10lbs. From there I was hooked because it wasn’t so bad eating in a new way. In fact, I started to feel better physically – I suffered from very high – high blood pressure that brought on lots of migraines, water weight gain, fatigue, numbness in my face, hands and feet, I also had this constant dull pain in the back of my head all the time. After the 10lb drop my life had changed forever.
After I dropped the 50lbs I kept to South Beach Diet Phase 2 rules and incorporated the Eat-Clean Diet and since last month I’ve incorporated Paleo (eat meat, veggies, nuts and seeds, some fruit, little starch and no sugar.
All of these diets except for the Cheat Mealing one are all clean eating diets and they are all free to try, they all work (for any goal – yes, I’ll go as far to say – ANY!), but you’ll just have to get down to it and do it. Strive to eat clean at least 80% of the time and if you do it for a while you will see change – guaranteed. I do do cheat snacks, cheat meals and cheat days…though I have gotten rid of cheat days and have been becoming more selective with my cheat meals because cheating on a good diet a lot slows down fat loss. I think that if I had gone with cheat snack since November 2011 I would be leaner than I am now.
I also can’t eat a lot of things I used to love and I say I can’t eat them because I don’t have the taste for those things anymore because they make me feel terrible (physically) after I eat them or they just don’t taste good anymore. I’ll tell you the things that I still love to eat – french fries, birthday cake or any chocolate mousse cake, everything at The Cheesecake Factory, Starbucks skinny vanilla lattes, soft pretzels, brownies, double chocolate chip muffins, Twizzlers, sometimes chocolates from Godiva and that’s basically it. I will eat these things as rewards for having a good week or if a birthday comes around I’ll eat a piece of cake…but that’s about it. When I’m not home and I don’t have any back up meals I tend to go for chicken salads and if I can replace that chicken with beans I’ll almost always do that. I take my own snacks to the movie theater because movie theater food makes me sick now (bloated, constipated, full, sleepy, etc.) and it’s just straight up unsanitary. Woof!
If you’ve been following me since I started this blog (back in the Fall of 2008) then you know I am a fitness, exercise addict. I can’t help it. If I miss a planned day of working out I feel guilty. Yes, my emotions get to me. Working out makes me feel better and I know that if I miss a workout then I am a day behind from reaching my ultimate goal.
Today, I create my own workouts and I also create them for others, but it wasn’t always like that. In the beginning (October 2008) I needed help getting into fitness. I didn’t know where to start, but I did remember Jillian from The Biggest Loser and I had heard she came out with her own workout DVD called The 30 Day Shred so I went On Demand and tried it out. This chick gets fat people skinny – is what I remembered – so I was on it.
That 30 Day Shred hurted me real bad. I had never exercised before, ever and it hurt me. Talk about sore a$$…multiply that by a million times. I took on the 30 day challenge and I did that program every day for 30 days without a day missed. My body hurt to where I couldn’t get up without help, sit without help, walking up the stairs was a nightmare, pinched my quads (injury – but I didn’t know that at the time), etc. The pain stopped after day 15 so that was great. I finished the 30 day challenge and found I had lost 8lbs and dropped a dress size. I didn’t give up. Amazing!!! All of her workouts work and I still do them or workouts like them from time to time…my favorite type of workouts are circuits whether all cardio or all weights or a mix.
After that, fitness became my baby. I started dabbling in other workouts and driving up the intensity of my workouts. I bought tons of DVDs throughout the past 4 years – I have tons – and I love them all. I started compiling a list recently of all the people and resources I’ve used to get to where I am today and it’s a very long list. I’ve gotten help fitness and nutrition wise from books, YouTube, website, forum communities, magazines, television and Iphone apps, talking to regular average joes and joannes like me – still do – always willing to find and learn something new and I love taking from others experiences as well to see if those things can work for me.
I will say that after trying out a lot of things over the years I learned how to weed out bad information because there is a lot of that out there. There is also a lot of things people don’t tell you about fitness, getting lean and losing weight like counting calories, using macros, how many calories you need to burn to lose weight, how to replenish your glycogen stores, how to lean out, how to build muscle, how to do weight lifting exercises, the benefits of high intensity interval training vs. traditional cardio, the difference between natural bodybuilding and non-natural bodybuilding, etc…the list goes on and on.**I AM A PROUD NATURAL BODYBUILDER BY THE WAY!
I also learned what my body likes and what it doesn’t like. I know what I need to do to drop weight, drop fat, build muscle, gain weight, etc. I learned all of these things and beyond through a lot trial and error and or just trying out new things to see how my body responds. You have to figure yourself out and have to want to figure yourself out. Why am I fat? What do I have to do to do drop weight? How can I get leaner? How can I curb my cravings, etc. Not everything works for everybody. Gotta put the work in to find out what works for you if you’re serious about losing weight and getting fit.
I’ve heard people say that if they had to workout at home they just wouldn’t. That’s fine. Some people have to get up and leave the house in order to workout, but in my case, I like working out at home because I like working out alone…when I’m training myself. When I work out I don’t like waiting for machines or to use equipment and I don’t like crowds.
I like to get into the home gym and out in as less time as possible. I find it nice to do Yoga in studio though and that’s where I test out my flexibility…but at home is where I do most of my Yoga workouts. I strength train at home and I bought the equipment I needed in order to be able to do it and some people are not willing to spend the money as I can see why. I didn’t buy all of my equipment in one day, it took time to acquire…and I bought more as my fitness level and knowledge increased. When I feel like running I just go outside and run around my hood – I don’t own a treadmill.
One of my co-workers jokes with me and calls me size 0 as a nickname, but I really wear a size 6 now. I started keeping my measurements back in December 2011 here on blog for everyone to see with comparisons…to see them click HERE . In the beginning I wore a size 20 and today I wear a size 6. I have never been a size 6 or even an 8 before so this whole experience has been surreal. I’m very happy buying small clothes now…it rocks!
Yes, this happens when you don’t workout while losing weight or you’re lifting any weight or doing any squats and push ups while on a weight loss journey. This happened to me because I had gotten a late start into fitness. Just last year in January of 2011 I was droopy and still fat…skinny fat is what they call it. Hot mess is what I call it. In April 2011 I got serious about picking up my slab and so I did it…see the difference below?
This reminds me of a quote I read somewhere recently, “Losing weight means you’ll look good in clothes. Exercising means you’ll look good naked.” Holler. FYI – I have to…I HAVE TO… work legs twice a week to pick up my lower body and keep it that way.
And I will. I still have my fat loss goal to reach – I want that chiseled look – so I will continue to keep doing what I’m doing and will keep trying to work hard at eating right – it’s a struggle, not gonna lie. What I know is that I can’t stop working out…it’s a part of me now. It’s for life.
My ultimate goal for this year (which started back in April of 2011) was to reach Bikini Body Status by Summer 2012. I did it. I wanted to be able to wear a bikini without being skinny fat, wear it confidently in public and to look good in one. ^ That was my firs time rocking a bikini ya’ll…GOAL FINALLY REACHED!!
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