199 by 27: New Years Fitness Goals
As part of my goal of getting in the best shape of my life this year, I am jump starting it by actively attempting to lose 30 lbs by February 9, which is my 27th birthday. When I say I want to get in the best shape of my life, that does not mean just losing weight. I want to be able to run without getting winded, do pull-ups and dips with ease, and be strong. My thoughts are centered around overall fitness this time. I want to be zombie apocalypse fit, LOL. In the past when I lost weight, I was mainly just skinny. I still could not do most of those things. This time around I am on a different path, and although I want to look a certain way, I am also focused on feeling healthy too.
Over the last 2 years I have gained a lot of weight, I have battled depression and an addiction to food at the same time. I am re-learning portion control. It’s hard to admit as someone who in actuality really loves working out and fitness, but those things make it hard to stay balanced. That, combined with my work schedule (which I didn’t have prior to Fall 2014) made my excuses valid, at least in my head. I let myself eat anything and everything my little heart and stomach wanted, and now I am paying the price, LOL. I don’t like how I look, and I want to be better.
I started my weight loss journey on December 18. I was 230 at the time I weighed myself, wearing a size 14 pant pretty snugly. I am using the Katy Hearn fitness plan to do it. I am mainly using it because her workouts are something sustainable for me since I like to actually LIFT. It’s an 8 week plan and I am on week 3. The 8 weeks will end the week of my birthday. I am using the plan because it makes it easy when I get in the gym and I don’t have to come up with something on my own. So far, I am on track with the amount I would like to lose each week, which is in part to me also going low carb during these 8 weeks. Low carb is not something I plan on doing long term, but since I have been eating so poorly for the last 2 years or so, it’s giving me something to focus on and helping me create the habit of eating well again.
Fitness: My Past
Ideally, I do not want to be the 160 I was a couple of years ago, as far as looks. I was a little too skinny looking back at those photos. I look better at about 170 or so. I will also have a ton more muscle than I did back then. As you can see from the picture below, my head is wayyyyy too big for my body LOL. I think at this point I was wearing a size 4 or 6 dress. Yikes!
Fitness: My Future
I would like to be a size 10 or so as far as pants, dress, etc. My body fat currently is around 35%, and I want to get that down to around 20% by the end of the year. I am not pushing myself super hard, but I know that I din’t want to keep moving forward at the pace I was at, as it will lead to severe obesity. I have also toyed with the ideal of competing in a bikini bodybuilding competition. I will see how this year goes and if that’s something realistic for me to strive for. It it no longer my main goal, but who knows? It has always been in the back of my mind. For now I am going to focus on reprogramming my brain and my body and being the best version of myself I can be.