Congratulations Kim on finishing the January challenge, how was it?
It felt great! I had already decided to get back into a regular workout routine after the holidays, but your challenge was an added incentive.
You’ve recently set a goal for yourself to lose weight…now that you’ve lost 20lbs, Can you tell us a little bit about your journey? What gave you the push to go for losing the weight?
Honestly, despite working out regularly the scale rarely budged. I could tell I was getting stronger, my body was changing, and I was definitely more fit…
And my clothes were fitting better…
the scale just didn’t reflect that. At the end of October I decided I couldn’t go into Halloween, Thanksgiving and Christmas at the weight I was. What better time to be focused on health and weight loss!
What has been the biggest change that helped you lose the weight?
1. I started weighing myself every morning, same time, and same scale.
2. I logged what I ate daily…
Both these things were instrumental because it brought awareness to my poor habits.
Then, I reduced my caloric intake… purposely ate more fruits and vegetables. I didn’t eliminate carbs, but I dramatically reduced them. It’s shocking how many calories are in a handful of cereal or nuts!
Has incorporating more fitness classes helped?
Definitely! I read an article recently outlining tips for overcoming a weight loss hurdle. It talked about the number of plateaus that an average person encounters in the process of losing just 10 lbs. Three! I have encountered those plateaus and it’s discouraging. The article suggested trying a new workout class or activity. One of the things I love about Fitwalk is the variety of classes offered, HIIT, Boot Camp and Yoga. I don’t have to look for a new workout class!
What tools do you rely on during the challenging days?
Hmm, there’s always tomorrow, and I have my 13 year old trained to remind me “It’s not a diet Mom, it’s a lifestyle.”:-)
What would you say to someone struggling to lose a few extra pounds?
Calories do count. A calorie is not just a calorie…
Paying attention and eating more real food for sustainability.
Also, don’t get discouraged…keep at it everyday, track your eating and weigh yourself…
It keeps you accountable!
Thanks Kim…for sharing your insight and inspiration.