i was cleaning off my desk today and found a post-it with measurements on it. i had taken my body measurements last august when i started (again) with my fitness journey. i had it all wrong back then. i thought the more time i put in, the more weight would come off. and it worked in the beginning. so it took me awhile to figure out that i needed to change the way i looked at losing weight. at that time, it was just about the pounds. i took the measurements merely out of curiosity. and then i forgot about them.
but i plateaued in april, and everything changed for me. i was forced to seek out information because i wasn’t seeing results anymore. i started reading and pinning and watching youtube videos. and i learned a ton! it took awhile to wade through all of the bullshit. there are a lot of weight-loss theories out there! and a huge amount of them are total crap.
at the time of my plateau, i was doing pretty much all cardio. i would go to the gym or workout at home with dvds. at the gym, i would stick strictly to the treadmill, elliptical, and rowing machine. i would spend two hours there working on those machines. yes, i would lose 900-1000 calories, but i didn’t realized the harm i was doing to my body. i didn’t know that i was actually losing precious muscle. i didn’t know how important my muscles were to my weight loss and that i should be protecting them. so through my research, i changed my entire outlook. i started looking at all different kinds of workouts. i quit running (it was killing my knees and hips). i tried everything from ballet to metabolic conditioning to weight training. i started incorporating weights into my workouts.
muscles burn more calories during the day. muscles protect your body and its structure. muscles are important.
so i finally set myself up on a weekly schedule that included variety, strength training, kickboxing, and stretching. i’ve been working and fine tuning my this schedule for several weeks now. so here it is:Monday – High Intensity Interval Training- HIIT (about 30 min.) Tuesday – Strength Training (30-45 min.) Wednesday – Cardio Abs/Core Training (30-60 min.) Thursday – Kickboxing (45-60 min.) Friday – Combo of Stretching/Ballet/Pilates/Yoga (30-60 min.) Saturday – Strength Training (30-45 min.) Sunday – Rest Day*
*sometimes I’ll move around my Rest Day to accommodate a busy schedule.
so back to the measurements… i did new measurements today. there was a major change in my waist. almost 10 inches! i lost 3 inches from my hips. i didn’t lose much from my legs or arms, but that’s not surprising because i have gained a ton of muscle on them. i still weigh myself a couple times a week, but am trying to get that down to once a week. i get a little obsessive sometimes because i judge myself and my actions on that number. in a way, you should use that number. but it doesn’t define you.