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.