Someone asked me the other day if I was getting skinnier, and I told them “No, I’m getting stronger.”
For the past few years, I’ve been focused on the wrong goal when it came to my body: losing weight.
What I really should have been focusing on and what I have been working on for the past six months is actually toning, defining, getting fit–and yes– getting stronger.
While there is a six-month difference in the photos, I am the exact same weight in the first and last photo.
But my waist–at my belly button–is two inches smaller.
And because I know there will be people saying I’m just “sucking it in” in the last photo, let me assure you, I was sucking it in so hard in the first photo. I even had Eric retake the picture three times because I just couldn’t believe that’s what I looked like.
How I Did It
The first step was conquering my relationship with food. I’ve admitted to binge eating. I could talk about exercise all day long but it wouldn’t mean anything if I was stuffing my face.
So I made clean eating a priority. I decided there were no foods that were “off limits.” If I wanted it, I could eat it, but I had to wait 15 minutes. None of these impulse “oh screw it” moments.
I am still not 100% at clean eating. There are still moments of weakness where I make bad decisions. But it is such a breakthrough that I have gotten so much better at listening to my hunger signals and really paying attention to what I put into my body.
The Exercise Plan
2012 was the year I ran two half-marathons and took barre classes. But then I got bored–as I usually do with workout routines.
Maybe you’re a runner, and you could run forever and ever. Then that’s your thing!
My thing involves switching it up–and for me that meant that in 2013, I focused on hot yoga, Orange Theory, and doing workout routines during my lunch break. I’ve been able to be consistent with my workouts since September, taking a hot yoga or Orange Theory class 2-3x a week, and doing the Bikini Body Mommy Challenge during my lunch break at work.
Go ahead and laugh at the name, but I’m telling you, it’s perfect for beginners and short twenty-minute workouts most days. And you don’t have to be a mom to take advantage of the free workouts!
With 2014 underway, I have moved on to start the Jamie Eason LiveFit program. The free program gives you three months of lifting workouts–perfect for helping to tone that body. For cardio, I’m doing Orange Theory, hot yoga, and the occasional run.
The Best $20 Investment for Weight Loss
In October, I got this pedometer (affiliate link) –and it was one of the best $20 investments I ever made. Eric teases me about wearing it, but I refused to shell out $100 for the less conspicuous glorified version of a pedometer–The Fit Bit.
I am still a Newlywed on a Budget after all.
With my pedometer, I realized that I was totally missing the mark on the recommended 10,000 steps a day. In order to get those steps in, I had to make an effort to take at least three 10-15 minute walks a day (one in the morning with my dog, one during my work break, and one in the evening with my dog).
My Fitness Formula
So all in all, my formula for getting fit involves lifting, cardio, clean eating, and lots of walking. I took two weeks off during the holidays, and finally got my groove in gear last week, and it was tough!
Hopefully, this year, the scale will start to show the changes that I’ve been making to my figure.
But lucky for me, I don’t hinge my happiness on the number of the scale. It will catch up eventually–the proof is in the pictures.