Fitness Progress: 11 months

11:24 AM




It's been a long time since I have mentioned much fitness. I still remember those first two weeks here. I've come a long way from doing yoga and pilates. I was aiming to get stronger, fit and drop some weight. It had to be a lifestyle change. Who wants to do all that hard work and not get lasting results?

Last year I mainly focused on gaining strength and endurance. I didn't lose any pounds last year. I kept gaining weight (muscle) while losing inches. When I started doing full body workouts and using MyFitnessPal, I've dropped quite a bit off suddenly. I've kept off 10 pounds in 4 months.


TWO APPS TO GET STARTED

PumpUp is my favorite. This one has everything you need plus the support from a community to help you stay motivated. It can be done at home or at a gym. Just check off the machines you'll use! My routines were focusing on full body workouts or arms.

MyFitnessPal
I used this daily starting in January to see how much I was overeating.  It really opens up your eyes on how much calories/sodium/etc are in things.  I'll rather eat a ton of food than eat one meal that hits 600-1,000 calories.  My weaknesses were cheese, wings, tacos and sour candy.  I'll never give up things completely or ignore a craving. There's always eating in moderation or substituting a treat with frozen fruit or something.



Look at that fluctuating and the drop.
 
Most of the time I was eating when I should have been hydrating up. It's easy to recognize real hunger now instead of being bored or thirsty. My meals are generally around 300 calories and snacks are 100 or less.  Last year I focused on fresh food and meal planning but this year I went frozen with a side of home cooked to keep me sane lol.

OTHER APPS

These are great quick routines that don't require machines or weights.
  • Interval Trainer
  • Daily Ab
  • Daily Butt
  • Daily Cardio
  • HIIT Cardio Training
Now I've upgraded my weights, started doing kettlebell and cardio routines. I'm excited to see what results I'll get from these.

MEASUREMENT RESULTS

Loss:
Bust- 3"
Waist- 3"-4"
Hips-  3 1/2"
Thighs: 3 1/2"

Gain:
Biceps- 1 1/2" 
Calf- 2"

It's weird how you don't really notice a change until certain clothes suddenly fit or become loose.  

 So if you are doing a fitness journey, remember to take pictures and track your measurements!

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