I’m checking in once again on how the whole weight loss/get fit scheme is going. You may recall from my previous two “Weighty Wednesday” posts that I’m part of a 20 week weight loss competition through my friend’s work. We’re “Team Downton Abbey”, and right now, we’re ahead of the competition in total weight loss. But for me so far, it’s been slow going. I’ve not lost as many pounds over the last two months as I would have liked, (although this week I think I lost the most of my team). I know I’ve been building some muscle, which weighs more than fat, but still, I need to see some bigger numbers dropping from that scale over the next few months.
I have lost ½ - 1 inch from most areas of my body and that is nice. I can also see some noticeable differences in the way clothes fit. I’ve had to cinch all my pants in via belt or drawstring just to keep them up and that makes me very happy. I’d say I’ve dropped a size already. And I can also see the loss in many areas of my body. My face is thinner. I have shapely ankles now, (no more cankles). And my “fat arse” is turning into a more shapely “donkey booty”, which I can live with, for now. I also see less cellulite on my thighs.
I decided a couple of weeks ago that I am going to need to step up my game a bit more than I have already if I want to see some bigger numbers on those scales over the next three months, (the length of time left in that weight loss competition I’m participating in). I’ve been working out every morning, but I’m going to try to squeeze in extra workouts in the afternoons several days a week to burn more calories.
I’ve also started to count my calories more religiously. I was trying to stay under 1500 before, but now I’m trying to keep daily intake under 1300 on most days. I’ve cut out most junk food and sugar from my diet, but I need to add a wider variety of vegetables, (I get 2-3 servings, but it’s usually a really big salad for lunch and try to get another veg in at dinner – I need to get three servings of different vegs every day). I’ve added fresh lemon juice to my water because I’ve read it boosts fat burning and helps detox the body. I’ve also added several supplements to my daily regimen, (I just need to remember to take them every day).
For the most part, I’m following the weight loss plan from Jackie Warner’s This Is Why You're Fat (And How to Get Thin Forever). I actually used this plan in late 2010 and lost a chunk of weight. Unfortunately I stopped following it religiously after a few months and stopped losing weight (at least I didn’t gain it all back). This time, I’m not only going to stick with the program until all the fat is gone, I’m going to work twice as hard to get it gone as fast as possible. I want to be in a bikini on a tropical beach with my Mr. Darcy this Christmas. Keep your eye on the prize.