True to my March/April schedule, it is time to set the fit goals. ( Previous years: Mar 7, 2013, Aug 9, 2012, July 9, 2011, April 10, 2010 ) The first of April will work. It isn’t summer yet! That being said, this marks my fifth year of eating healthy and being conscious about my health in general.
This year, is the first time in five years that I’ve went over 162 lbs. In December 2013, I was running to the bus and fell. I shattered my kneecap and broke my shoulder on the concrete. This Christmas, I could not go home but I did find comfort in food. Ended up eating my way to being 168 pounds. The accident took a toll on me emotionally and physically. A lot has been learned.
Starting weight: 182 lbs. Before pics.
Sept 25th 2009, I reached my 10 pound milestone. It felt great.
Nov 20th 2009, I reached my 20 pound milestone. Amazed.
March 2nd 2010, I finally hit my 30 pound milestone. Motivated.
Sept 24th 2011, I hit my 130s, or 40 pound milestone. Wow.
April 7th 2013, I hit the 40 pound milestone again. Back on track.
Dec 9th, 2013, Had an injury. Gained 23 lbs. ( T: 168lbs ) Lost muscle.
At my lowest weight, October 16th 2011, I was 137, which happens to be 45 pounds lost. At the time of this writing I weigh 163 pounds.
Lessons from Injury
Oh how quickly I gained 23 pounds. Sure you could say that being in the hospital for so long attributed to it. A little. But the fact I gained so much after losing so much muscle mass makes me wonder. After much reflection, I do realize how much I tie food to emotion. Celebration? Food! Sad? Food. Bored? Food! That is how I got to where I’m at, again.
That being said, I found an amazing book by Brené Brown, The Gifts of Imperfection. Seriously one of the best books I’ve ever read. Helped me to see that I am a perfectionist. I have been my hardest critic. However, I’m good enough. Right now. As is. It reminded me to set goals for the right reason. Goals should be measurable so you can show progress but the intent should come from a good place.
I choose to be healthy.
These goals are a reminder and a path to stay on. However, even at 163 pounds, I’m good enough. Inactivity and comfort eating got me here. Eating food for energy, healthy eating for my heart, and exercise to build back my knee will make progress. The path is clear.
The BodPod testing has been a great way for me to measure progress. It measures body fat to the gram. I will start using this as a way to measure muscle gain and focus less on the fat percentage. Got to build the muscle back!
My previous tests were:
Note: I also use the Aria wifi scale by fitbit. Shows me a body fat percentage. Useful to see progress.
Overarching Life Goals
In regards to this blog, I essentially have two overarching life goals. As seen in the sidebar ( a daily reminder ). Below are my goals for each area:
- Eat healthy - Start Date: 9/21/09
- Exercise - Start Date: 4/5/10
Healthy Eating Goals
Except for planned cheat days, I do not drink sugar based sodas; and those are usually Coca-Cola de Mexico as it has cane sugar instead of HFCS. My primary staple is Coke Zero and tea. I look forward to drinking more tea.
The food goals this year are:
Instead of calling them exercise goals, I’m going to call these my body goals. The continued focus is improving my body and learning to love me at every stage.
- Get body fat down to 14%
- Decrease body fat while increasing muscle
- Build muscle back in my knee so that they are even
- Be able to run again
Last year, started out good, but then I started to wane on the diet around October. The injury in December just added to that. Snowballed. This year, I set to use food as a tool not for comfort. Derive pleasure from lasting experiences and embrace a positive attitude. Even when it is hard to do.
I am enough. Right now. As is.