52 days ago I was feeling very depressed, tired, not motivated and my jeans were really, really tight. The scale read 179.
37 days ago not long after I wrote the post about being frustrated that my pants were feeling very tight I began a fit camp. This camp motivated me to get MOVING again!!
35 days ago I was evaluated by my health coach. She weighed and measured me, calculated my BMI and boy were my eyes opened WIDE! For instance the one that blew me away the very most was my body age was that of a 59 year old woman. I happen to know women who are 59 that have a body of that of a 30 year old, so I’m not knocking the age, but when I find out my physical body is 16 years older than my actual age, it’s a little freaky. Well, a lot freaky. I found out that my body fat is at 46.8%, that means nearly half my body is fat. I found out that my Body Mass Index is at 30.5 when normal Body Mass Index should be anywhere between 18.5 and 24.9! Um, not only do I need to be moving I need to add healthy eating into the mix. My health coach who happens to be very smart and extremely motivating woman says it’s 80% nutrition and 20% exercise. Oh, gosh. A food lover changing their diet?? Someone who lives for a good piece of chocolate cake?
28 days ago I decide to drink one shake a day using Herbalife products. Filled with all sorts of vitamins and protein. One shake is about 217 calories and is packed with stuff like Vitamin A, C, D, E, B6 and B12, it has calcium, zink, magnesium, iron, potassium, copper, selenium and dietary fiber. Since I normally skip breakfast I thought starting my day with one shake packed with all this stuff would be a good start. Now although having one shake a day was a good start it’s what Herbalife calls the maintenance plan. Being I have a ways to go before I’m in a healthy range, I decided to add two shakes a day and a multi vitamin and something called a cell activator.
So….13 days ago I decide to introduce these two shakes which does include by the way real food. between shakes I’m eating healthy, snacks. I love fruits and veggies and I love to use things out of my own garden. It’s recommended to eat a high protein snack but I eat lots of whole foods, fruits and veggies. Like one ingredient type foods. For example a raw zucchini, I have a ton of it. Or a tomato, half an avocado…sometimes a whole avocado. I try to up my water intake and also drink a tea made by herbalife. When it’s time for dinner I make a healthy dinner or if I’m in the mood I eat In-N-Out or subway or if we are invited to dinner I eat what they prepare for us. I want to be able to live normally and healthily. If I go too extreme it will not last as a lifestyle. My goal is to reach healthy weight and then only have one breakfast shake a day.
In total since I first began my movement which has been exactly 37 days, this is what has changed.
I went from 177.6 to 172.8 that’s 4.8 pounds gone almost 5!
My body age went from 59 years old to 57 years old
My BMI went from 30.5 to 29.8
My chest went down a half an inch
my hips and butt nearly went down a full 3 inches, 2.75 but that’s close enough to 3 for me
my thighs shrank by .25
and my waist also .25
the fat around my organs isn’t so bad to begin with which means for the most part I eat healthy but that too went down one full number.
So this is not leaps and bounds but it has only been a little over a month and so as motorcycle man likes to say, slow and steady, it’s the way to go. I get frustrated a little cause I want bigger and faster results but I’m also the person who runs on the treadmill 20 minutes and gets back on the scale and wonders why it’s not gone down. My health coach tells me to give it at least a full 90 days, that’s when real results will be seen. I’m feeling them now but 60 days from now I will probably see a big difference as well, hopefully I can hold that plank for even longer than a minute by then.
The support within my fitness group keeps me going, the people are so supportive and inspiring themselves. They are also a crack up. My health coach is amazing and fit camp is free, I only pay for the product I consume. I’m excited about my journey. I love where I’m headed. My goals are as follows:
number one, I want to be healthy
number two, I want to heal
number three, I want to be strong
My body will find it’s healthy weight I really don’t care about the number but right now it’s a a way to see the change that’s happening by stepping on the scale every so often.
And btw, I still bake things like homemade Oreo’s, zucchini brownies and pies. I just limit what I get to eat of it. Like one cookie out of the batch, or one brownie. I can’t live without sweets. I have tried.