It’s been about 6-7 weeks since I got back on track with getting healthy and losing weight. The process so far has actually been enjoyable – a term most people do not associate with losing weight. It’s been enjoyable because I’ve been able to ease into it and still have success.
How It Started
This latest weight-loss venture began when my husband bought me my first Fitbit. Without even thinking about it I became committed to getting in the recommended 10,000 daily steps. That simple goal spurred a chain reaction that’s been fantastic:
- Tracking my steps led me to install the Fitbit app.
- Constantly checking the Fitbit app got me to notice my calorie burn and started me thinking about how my calorie intake compared.
- Thinking about my calories got me to start tracking my food.
- Tracking my food got me to start targeting a specific calorie deficit.
- All of the above got me to lose 10 pounds!
The best part is, everything above has happened without me feeling like I’ve had to work real hard. Usually it seems like I have to fight tooth and nail for each and every pound.
That being said, I have noticed my weight loss starting to slow, so I’ve decided it’s time to ramp it up.
As I’ve been increasing my steps and tracking my food, I’ve also been constantly thinking through what my next steps will be. Whatever I decide to do has to be outlined by both a basic goal and minimum requirements. I think those guidelines have helped me stay on track so far. For example:
- My current goals have been to increase my cardio time at the gym and eat healthier.
- If I can’t make it to the gym than I have to at least hit my 10,000 steps.
- If I can’t hit my 10,000 steps (has only happened once) than I have to at least stay within my calories.
- My most important goal has been my calorie count. So if I’ve hit 10,000 but I haven’t hit my deficit than I have to keep moving.
Since I’ve gotten back on track, there is one glowing item missing from my routine: strength training. You can see the problem here. Strength training is one of the best ways to lose weight and also helps shape your body appropriately. Not to mention, I want to move toward full-blown bodybuilding. Obviously, basic strength training is pretty relevant for that goal.
Here’s how I envision my next set of goals:
- Plan to workout every day, alternating between basic cardio and strength training.
- If I can’t make it to the gym than I still have to hit my 10,000 steps.
- If I can’t make it to the gym than I also still have to do at least 1 set of a basic strength training exercise (squats, push-ups, crunches, etc).
- My calorie deficit is still most important but now I’m also looking to analyze my food intake more.
I think all of this is doable but I’m especially curious about that last bullet. So far I’ve only been tracking calories. However I recently did a calculator to see where my levels of proteins, carbs, and fats should be for ideal weight loss and I suspect that I’m way off. Therefore, I intend to track that more using MyFitnessPal so I can start tweaking things slowly.
I’m excited to start ramping everything up! It’s always fun to set new goals and when you adjust things a little bit at a time, there are always new goals. 😀