Thursday Weigh-In - April 19th:
04/19/2018: -1.0 pounds
Lost Since 01/29/18 Restart -13.6 pounds
Total lost Since 06/29/15: -71.6 pounds
Current Weight: 158.4 pounds
Days Cheat-Free: 81 days
I finally had a good loss and while I'm happy about it I'm more excited about seeing developing muscles and how much stronger I am now which I think it's a great change! Yes, I need to lose more weight and I'm not stopping now but it's great to not be obsessing over every little number shift and change!
I'm mostly leaving things with food the same as they have been except that I actually need more calories and more protein if I'm going to be putting in around two hours at the gym a day so I'm figuring out how to take care of that. It's a fine line to walk because too much protein and too many calories mess up my weight loss but too little leave me starving and just wanting to eat everything in sight. I guess I'll just have to take it day by day until I find a good compromise between the two!
As for exercise, I am absolutely loving the gym and the only thing that I'm changing is switching my focus from 10,000 or more steps a day to getting in a really great cardio workout when I’m at the gym (plus nature walks once the weather warms up) since I have cardio options again and because of my ankle has been acting up again. I’ll be doing less steps and mileage but more fat burning and heart rate raising stuff so we'll see how that goes.
I've also been contemplating the idea that I may not be able to reach my goal weight and how to be okay with it if I don't. 130 lbs is good for my height (some would say it's even too high) but when I was 130 lbs back in high school that was a "skinny fat." There were no visible muscles and no exercise so I don't even know if I can get to that number again while working out like this and at 20-some odd years older. I'm going to try and not obsess about it right now though.
I really want to get into a healthy and no longer "overweight" BMI (I know, I know, BMI shouldn't always be trusted but I still want that "healthy weight" status) and that would put me at 141 lbs. So maybe if I can get there I'll reconsider my goal weight after that and see which way to go. In the meantime, wooohooo for the gym and muscles!