Only 4% Left To Go!!

I'm posting this here because none of my friends are very into health or fitness and no one understands how exciting this is. Last year I started working out for the first time in my life with a body fat % of 31%. Which is pretty unhealthy, especially because I wasn't overweight. I just had way too much fat on my body.

As of today, I am 22% body fat. My goal is 18%, which would put me, someone who never worked out before, into the athletic category! I'm soooo close and I'm just really excited. When I hit it, I will post my before and after pics because there is a crazy difference even on a thin person when you become fit instead of skinny fat.

I think 4% translates to roughly 8 more lbs of fat... or anyone can advise me on this if it's incorrect. But I'm almost there!

Are you close to your goal? Let's be excited together!

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  • JAT74
    JAT74 Posts: 1,078 Member
    This is amazing to read as I'm currently 31% with a BMI of 23.8 so technically healthy, but I hate the way my body looks due to having such a high body fat %. I'm aiming to get to 20% or lower if I can and am working hard for it. How long did it take you to get to where you are now and how did you do it? What's your height, what was your start weight and how much do you weigh now if you don't mind me asking?
  • holly55555
    holly55555 Posts: 307 Member
    JAT74 wrote: »
    This is amazing to read as I'm currently 31% with a BMI of 23.8 so technically healthy, but I hate the way my body looks due to having such a high body fat %. I'm aiming to get to 20% or lower if I can and am working hard for it. How long did it take you to get to where you are now and how did you do it? What's your height, what was your start weight and how much do you weigh now if you don't mind me asking?

    Honestly, anyone can do it! I was the same way, I was thin but my body just didn't look great because my body fat was so high. I felt like I always had to suck in my stomach because there was so much fat on it - muscular stomachs hold themselves in.

    I'm 5'8 and started at 140 lbs originally and 31% body fat. I'm very small-framed and clearly had no muscle so I wasn't very dense. In October 2013 I started working out with a trainer, lifting weights, doing martial arts, and cardio 3-5x a week. The trainer was so helpful - since I've never worked out, I had no idea what to do.

    I started counting calories and by June 2014 I was about 125 lbs (can't quite remember my body fat % then). After that I had some drama in my life and I stopped counting calories. I still lifted with my trainer but you can't out-train bad eating and by Dec 2014 my weight was up to 140 lbs. However, my body composition was different and I still fit into my same clothes I wore at 125 lbs. My body fat percentage had lowered even with the weight gain - I was 24% body fat.

    I started counting again Jan 1st this year and I'm now 130 lbs, still lifting with the same trainer 3x a week, still doing cardio 3-5x a week, and my body fat is now 22%.

    So technically I've been working out for a year and a half now, but I let my diet slip for about 6 months of that, so I'm sure you could do it faster. The important thing is consistency! Even if you mess up, you just keep going and it will come off. I'm not going to stop counting this time and sabotage myself. Good luck!