It’s been a while since I posted an update on my fitness journey, so, now is the time!
I’ve actually been working really hard, being consistent with my diet (for the most part, I still allow for a few G&Ts once in a while and a dinner out with friends, because life, my dear, is for living!), and trying to push myself in my workouts. I’m still inherently lazy, and it is still tempting to slack off and not try but I’ve set myself a goal and I’m a stubborn Capricorn. I shall not give up!
When I first started on this journey I couldn’t run for 10 minutes. I can now run a 10k (in 63 mins – I am NOT built for speed), I can make it through a class without wanting to kill myself, and I am getting stronger in what I can lift. These are all the things that are important: getting general levels of fitness up, eating better, and feeling better.
In terms of results:
In October when I joined the gym I weighed 68.9kgs and was 35.6% body fat. Those are horrible figures for someone who is 5 foot 5 and 27! Yesterday (5th July) I had a body scan with my fabulous PT and the results are looking good. He kept saying figures to me and I didn’t really understand them! But he was smiling so I figured it was good. These are the headlines: I now weigh 60.8kgs, and have dropped to 22% body fat. I’ve gone from a body fat mass of 24.4kgs to 13.8kgs – that’s a loss of 10.6kgs of fat! I’ve put on 2.6kgs of muscle too.
My progress is slow, but my progress is progress and that is what is important in the end. There is still a long way to go, lots to improve, more fun things to try, a lot more sweaty nights in the gym ahead!
If you are struggling with your journey to fitness, I’ve found the following useful to think about. Be kind to yourself. Don’t feel guilty or like a failure if you have a few bad days. No road is easy, keep going, and remember you are doing this to make yourself feel better. Cute workout clothes will make it less of a chore!