The Journey to 135

How to lose 15lbs and other concerns.

(Originally written August 17, 2017, 10:27 am)

I’m not a huge fan of cardio. It’s just so exhausting.

I never really did a whole lot of cardio in my adult life. I just meddled every once in a while. But I was a perfect 6/small, a perfect 34B. Never had to worry about the fit of clothes I bought online.

But everything changed (when the fire nation attacked).

The last time I weighed 135, was in 2015.

It’s 2017 and I’m a solid 154.

All my H&M and Forever 21 “smalls” have become too small, my breasts suddenly don’t fit in my 34B bras anymore, my waist that used to be a steady 28, is now a by-force 30, and my jeans, oh please let’s not even go there.

2 months ago, I finally got on a steady strength training regimen. Nothing too heavy as I’m still just starting out. But I am proud that I kept at it. Every week, I trained at least 3 times.

My feeding habits have been largely good. I have been doing it right for as long as I can remember, though I must confess, I should pay more attention to my portions (especially when the food is good, which is every time I make it which is more often than not because I pack my own lunch everyday… comes up for air)

I don’t eat sweets (never been a fan) and the only way to further cut down on my sugar/carb intake is to stop eating apples, mangoes and tangerines (i.e. Not gonna happen. I’m not giving up my mangoes for any thing.)

I have however, decided to limit my daily intake of the aforementioned fruits.

Since starting strength training exercises, I have seen the changes in my body, though I wish they were more profound. I am stronger. I’m lifting heavier, and I feel better in general. But that’s not enough.

Now I have to go the extra mile. Add cardio, 5 times a week minimum. AND BE STRICT ABOUT MY FOOD PORTION SIZES.

I started yesterday Wednesday, August 16. Went for a 30 minute run. It’s going to be tough.

I’m going to have a mix of Biking, Running and Hiking and these all have to happen in the morning before I start my day.

For any morning I fail to do any of these three, I will make up for it with a walk or a swim in the evening.

I have to try. All the work I have put in so far, need to pay off.

I will try to keep a food journal until I settle into a rhythm and know that I’ll stay within the limits of what and how I should eat without needing to write everything down.

And finally, for some much needed humorous and dramatic effect, I’m pinning a couple of my old dresses to the walls of my living room and bedroom. A constant reminder that I have to fit into them before Thanksgiving.

So recap:

Portion (AND SELF) control. Really. I’m eating half the size of everything I used to eat before.

Limit fruit intake.

Diet is good. Keep at it. Keep a food journal.

Strength training has been amazing. Keep at it. 3 times a week, minimum.

Add cardio. 5 times a week minimum. Running (30 mins minimum), Hiking (1 hour plus or minus 10 minutes), Biking (1 hour plus or minus 10 minutes), Swimming (40 minutes minimum), Walking (1 hour plus or minus 10 minutes).

Pin up those gotdem dresses.

So help me God.