Last year, I decided to really try hard to lose weight again. My goal was to lose 30 pounds and go from about 177 to 147 on my 5’10” frame. I’ve been at that weight before, but it bounced right back up not long after I reached it. I hope my new techniques would make the weight loss stick this time. I used a self-guided diet program, mostly eating more vegetables and lean meats. I also used a site called SparkPeople for tracking my progress. If needed, SparkPeople also had articles, recipes, exercise demonstrations, and groups to join for added help. I liked to use their online food and exercise diary.
I started my diet about last summer, but it went slowly for a while until just before the holidays when it picked up after I made some changes. I had problems with my weight fluctuating wildly and bloating and couldn’t figure out why. I suspected a food sensitivity. So I thought I would eliminate some foods from my diet to see if it helped. I started with dairy and immediately noticed that the bloating and weight fluctuations almost completely stopped within a month. I also found out that eggs were a problem. That meant I had to find some new protein sources. Soy was good, but too much seemed to cause similar problems. So I ate more nuts, beans, high-protein grains and some meat. I also started to eat more fish. I eat all the fruits and vegetables I want, but try to limit starchy and sugary fruits like bananas and potatoes.
I’ve always done a lot of exercise, sometimes hours a day, but I didn’t look like I did very much. I was often tired. I heard about high intensity interval training and decided to switch my workout from a long, moderate intensity workout to a shorter, higher intensity workout. And, instead of weight training for stamina by doing a lot of reps, I started doing fewer reps, but with more weight and for a shorter amount of time. On weight training days, I do less cardio with light to moderate intensity. I stretch after each workout.
I am noticing more muscle tone than before and am definitely stronger. The shorter workouts also mean more rest and energy to do other things. I like fitting into my smaller sizes. I’ve lost about three to four inches all over my body. I still have a couple pounds to go, but I’m sure I’ll lose them in no time. I’m hoping that this new routine will keep my weight loss permanent