10 July 2014

Slow & Steady

As most of you know, I joined the gym about 6 months ago and started on the hashtag on Instagram: #mandygetsfit. It was sort of just to document my journey as I was trying to get healthier. Because as I've said in the past, my goal wasn't necessarily to lose a bunch of weight. It was mainly to get stronger, healthier, and tone up a little. I was actually kind of hoping to just shift the weight from fat to muscle. I mean, obviously, if I lost weight, that would be a bonus.

With the exception of a few weeks, I've been working out 4-5 days a week, burning 600-800 calories each time, and I have noticed that I've toned up a little. But because for the first 4 months of this journey, I didn't really change my diet at all, my weight stayed about the same. But I really wasn't too concerned, though, since that really wasn't a priority.

But about 7 weeks ago, I decided to start working on my eating habits a little more seriously. I cut back on junk food, desserts, and soda. I should probably emphasize that I cut back on these things, I did not cut out these things. The main reason being, that I just cannot handle drastic changes all at once. I have to slowly change not only the way I eat, but the way I think about food. It's really kind of annoying actually, but it's the only thing that works for me.

Anyway, I hardly ever step on the scale, for 2 reasons. One, because I don't want to be disappointed if the numbers aren't budging. And two, I don't want to dwell on it. I'd rather just focus on doing my best without obsessing on numbers.

But the other day, I decided to try on a pair of pants that had been tight on me for about a year now. And to my surprise, they buttoned up easily!! I was not expecting that at all. So in that moment, I got curious. Did I lose weight? Or did I just lose inches?

I stepped on the scale to find that I was down about 9lbs from the weight I was at when I first started this little fitness journey. I think that's pretty awesome. And the best part, was that I honestly didn't even have to try that hard because I was letting it happen gradually and didn't push myself too hard.

(before & after, a 6 month difference)

The left photo was taken in January. The one on the right was taken yesterday.

To some, 9lbs in 6 months is hardly even progress. But for me, it's a big deal. I think it will be much easier for me to maintain the weight loss if it happens slowly and more steadily. No fad diets or crazy strict eating plans. I just took baby steps and did only what I felt I could handle at the time. And I still allow myself to indulge and enjoy the foods I love.

The weight is coming off slowly and my body is slimming down a little bit at a time. And at the rate I'm going, it could be years before I'm at the place I want to be at. But something I've learned throughout this journey, is that not everything has to be a race. It's okay to do things at your own pace and as long as your putting in the effort (however small), you will see results.

37 comments:

Laura Railing said...

9 lbs is huge when you are talking consistency! Better to lose that much and be able to consistently keep it up than have yo yo weight gain and loss going on! You are so wise to focus on overall health rather than pounds lost cause that can be so frustrating. You go girl!!! (while I sit here, thinking about eating s'mores but being good and drinking lemon water with frozen blueberries instead. The s'mores are so close to winning out. But i think. I. can. resist!)

Lex said...

The difference between those photos is totally noticeable!! Way to go! (This post is totally motivating me to get my butt off the couch and go for a run, haha.)

Amber said...

I need your outlook on weight loss. I always want results NOW! I'd probably be more successful with subtle changes that stay consistent rather than drastic ones that are hard to maintain. I don't have time mon-thurs for workouts so my diet needs major adjusting since that is where my weight loss is going to have to start! Congrats on your progress, it may only be 9 lbs but you can definitely see a difference in your two photos!

Health, Love & Fire said...

Thats so awesome girl! You should absolutely be proud of that! I am the same way when it comes to weight loss. I'm not the type of person that can change everything all at once and stick to it, but if I make subtle changes over time, my body adjusts and so does my mind! You're inspiring me to stick with the changes I want to make and see a difference!

Jess Beer said...

I definitely see the difference, and I'm sure you feel better too! 9 lbs in 6 months is great, especially since you haven't been concentrating too much on the numbers. Awesome job!

gillian claire said...

So cool, I love reading about other's "fitness journey"! I also love your approach, not focusing on the scale and letting things happen naturally and gradually!

Amy said...

You look amazing! and healthy (which I think it the most important part)!

I think you've got the perfect attitude for a sustainable change in lifestyle!

Jordan Wise said...

You look great! I love the hair too !

Ellen from Ask Away said...

you look great hun! im on the journey too! nice to know im not alone :)

Taneja's Bride said...

You're absolutely right - it's not a race! I started working out seriously the 1st of May (I made it that way so I could remember! :D) and then started cutting back (and like you said NOT cutting OUT, which I believe is important especially if you want to make it a lifestyle) and I've lost 5 lbs so far! I'm also probably much more than you were when you started, though! 9 lbs is great, especially for your shape BEFORE - you can absolutely tell and you look great! Keep up the good work and keep at the pace that works for YOU! <3

Rebecca Chapman said...

You look great! I started working out (for the first time in my life) and going consistently in January as well. I step on the scale every morning and haven't seen a difference at all. But I think from now on I'm going to take your approach. I am making improvements. I'm working hard. I should just be patient and not worry what the scale says. Thanks for the encouragement!

Rachel Lynn said...

Good for you! I try and do the same thing, focus on what I'm putting in my body and how I'm working it not numbers on a scale. My "skinny" jeans are always my standard of how I'm doing. Congrats!

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Sierra's View said...

Thats awesome!!! You go girl!

Joanna Sormunen said...

Congratulations! That is great job! Wishing you all the best in your fitness journey!

Cheltee T. said...

Way to go girl! I think it is absolutely amazing that you are not pushing yourself to hard to actually reach your goal weight or body type quicker. [4-5 days a week at the gym is some commitment] I think it is actually smart and more stable to do because you probably have a higher chance of not falling back into your old routines and habits. Can't wait to see where you will be at when the end of the year rolls around.

Cassie @ Live.Laugh.L0ve. said...

9lbs is a great accomplishment and girl, you look GOOD!! Keep it up because it's working for you! :) xoxo

Rebekah Clarke said...

9 lbs off is amazing!! You look fabulous! Slow and steady is the perfect way to go, the slower it comes off the longer it stays off!

Christen P said...

progress is progress and i think you look great. what i do is i go all in and i brun out and gain it all back. you are doing it exactly right to keep it off!

Jessica Doll @ Team Wiking said...

I can definitely see the progress there, especially in certain areas. Keep up the good work! Progress IS progress.

Brenda D Priddy said...

Looking good lady! I think slower weight loss is more likely to stick because your body doesn't feel like it is starving. I may be taking the slow thing a little too slow though. I'm still about 5 pounds up from my normal weight after Bo's birth 1 1/2 years ago...

Samsam Cherie said...

Congratulations! Keep at it - steady does it! It's the best way to go when you're trying to lose weight; if you try to take it off all at once, you'd be making too many sacrifices and risk yo-yo dieting.

Keep it up!
~ Samantha
samsamcherie.blogspot.com

Esther Ju*Lee said...

That's amazing ~ you look great! This motivates me to get in the gym too!

The Girl who Loved to Write said...

Get it, girl! You are doing amazing!

Miranda Myrabev said...

Well done you, this is really encouraging. I am trying to lose weight but I am not racing I am taking my sweet time

celery and cupcakes said...

You look brilliant, well done!

Life with Amberly said...

You're inspiring!!! Thanks for sharing! I need to be better about this. :P

Karissa Ancell said...

Slow and Steady works! You look great!

Tania T said...

that's the point!you look great!congrats!

Carly said...

You can definitely tell a difference in the pictures! Congratulations on your weight loss! I think you're doing it a great way! I know I'm having issues losing weight because of 1. motivation 2. I'm afraid of drastic changes - I don't deal with them very well either.

Sarah Shermann said...

9lbs is amazing and your doing it in such a healthy way :-)

Lissa Cole said...

Sometimes it's the inches and not the pounds that really make a different. Keep up your journey and thanks for encouraging lazies like myself to get up and move.

Raewyn @ Be A Warrior Queen said...

This is so awesome! Congrats girl!! I want to get on the same path as you!!

Amby Felix said...

You look fantastic! It is important to transition slowly. We're so programmed to believe that we have to lose weight now, but in reality, it took time to gain weight so it will take time for me to lose it! Very inspiring! Congrats!!!

Kristine@thefoleyfam said...

9 pounds is AMAZING! Go girl! Love that you're feeling so great too which is the most important! Starting on a 6 week fitness plan this week! Planning to stick it out!!!

Laura Elizabeth said...

For the past year and a half, I've sort of committed to going to the gym. I'm in college so sometimes it's just so busy but I can usually go for a month solid or such. Really love hearing that you do't have to be drastic to make changes!

Jess Loves This Life said...

9 pounds is awesome! Congrats! The difference is really noticeable in these photos, go you!

Neely said...

You are doing awesome Mandy!