One of my favorite things about my friends is that they are often blunt and straight to the point. Over the weekend I was talking about my “fitness journey” and one of my friends was like, yeah, yeah, that’s nice but how much weight have you lost? This is the question on the top of everyone’s mind and only a few are bold enough to ask. Now I could respond with the fluffy b.s. line my nutritionist likes to use, “It is not about weight loss, lean muscle mass is the important thing”. It is true. You can drop weight fast but it is not healthy and not likely sustainable.
At first it that line was just something I liked the sound of but it is true, gaining muscle is incredibly important and I can now crush nearly any workout put in front of me. At the beginning of February I cross an invisible line and now I am one of the people in class who can make it through the whole interval and when it’s time for exercises I’m confident in I will choose the kettle bell and medicine ball at the “boys” weight. Go big or go home.
In September I wrote a post about 15 Thoughts After Loosing 15 Pounds and the responses were so, so sweet. But fine, fine. I will address the elephant in the room (literally). Since I made the commitment last Spring and started on the endeavor I have lost 40 pounds. Yes, forty. The average weight of a kindergartner. And of course, you will want a picture – so here you go, a side by side full body shot, the before from March of last year and the after taken in the same dress and heels this weekend. You could say the gown fits a bit differently now. 🙂
And to answer the next question, yes, food is still the hardest part. I thought someone was crazy when they told me it is 20% exercise and 80% diet but it’s true. I am by no means perfect but MyFitnessPal does help keep me accountable and certainly gets angry on the occasional evening when I have two glasses of wine. Especially if they are followed by pizza. It is certainly about balance but there is little denying that I have figured something out. And occasional chipwich reward tastes even sweeter now.
Hard work pays off.