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My journey to a healthy life. This is my progress:

TinaZ2018TinaZ2018 Posts: 62Member Member Posts: 62Member Member
Hello, everyone! This is my progress after 3 months of healthy eating and over 80h of home workouts. 3.7 kg of them were lost in the last 6 weeks since I've discovered MFP and controlled my daily eating in order to have a calorie deficit. The most significant changes are: weight - 6.3kg (@August 6th - I took the pix a few days before), waist and belly -7cm, hips and butt -5 cm, tighs -6 cm and I'm toned - I've never been. 2 more kg to go and half of my goal will be done! Beside loosing 8 kg, the other half is getting my self as toned as possible until June 2019 (this was the due date for both goals). My goal is not to follow a diet but to have a healthy and active life style.

I’ll tell you my story (sorry for the long post)… I'm still at the beginning (it's been only 3 months).
I could never really understand how I should feel good after exercising, let alone energized (at the beginning, I could go straight to the morgue after a 20 minutes session of home exercising). I read about the chemical reactions but that’s not very helpful. Anyways. Now, after 2 months, I get it. I lost weight, I'm more toned, I've gained strength, I look better, feel better and confident but the first month was pure hell.

All my life I made an art of being sedentary - brought it to perfection. And I hate sports. Above this, I LOVE good food, all my family cooks great (including me, so moving out didn't help) and let's say that my food portions were over sized in comparison with how I should have eat. Thankfully, I realized a bit late that my cooking skills could be used to cook very healthy and tasty dishes. I’m not lazy at all but when it comes to sports, I can’t say the same… I’ was 32 yo, 1.68 cm and weighted 67.8 kg. And I always disliked sports. My problem was that I was so sedentary that my ankles started to hurt for months and I also had some terrible back pains (sitting 10h a day at work..). The worst thing? I got saggy... saggy butt, saggy arms and big, ugly, belly. I felt so bad about how I looked, that I started to avoid seeing myself in the mirror. I just decided that this is not okay, is not normal and is not who I want to be. I can be better. I WILL be better.

It was very hard at the beginning. I do the exercises at 6:15PM (after work) so I was already pretty tired. But even when I felt like crying, I did my session. I had my workout schedule and stuck to it.

I know myself and how I find excuses… so that’s why I decided to do my exercises at home. This way, I can’t say that I don’t have time to go to the gym, or that I won’t go to a run because it’s raining, or that it’s too snowy to get to the gym. The season won’t matter.

To get an idea of the state I was in, I’ll tell you that for me, one push-up meant laying on my belly and only pushing myself up with the arms (cobra push-up). It was impossible to do at least a knee push-up - now I can do 15 correct ones. After 50 squats I felt exhausted - now I can do 250 and breathe almost normally. And so on. My muscles were so atrophied that I had cramps even when I was doing the moves without weights. I was a mess with no strength at all. I gradually increased the time of the sessions, the difficulty of the exercises and the weights. The sessions got from 20 minutes to 90. Meanwhile I started to think about these sessions like something that I must do, routine (like eating or a taking a shower) and didn’t perceive them as awful anymore. It might not seem much to other people, but in the last 3 months I exercised more than in the last 20 years so for me… that’s amazing.
My point is… it doesn’t matter how bad is the state you are in NOW. It matters to do something about it and make a habit of it. A good habit. No matter how slow you go, you are still lapping everybody in the couch. Also, don’t focus on losing weight. If you clean up your diet and exercise regularly, your weight will take care of itself.

My blood tests are almost perfect (according to my doctor I still have to get that cholesterol a bit lower but for me 212 is not high...), my self-confidence is back, I feel lighter, more sexy, I'm more confident, I have a general good state of mind and I can wear size Small clothes again. I love my life now. This change was long due.

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edited August 2018
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  • wendiwoo61wendiwoo61 Posts: 2Member Member Posts: 2Member Member
    WOW, I needed to read this today... great motivation for me. Well done
  • TheFutureMrsLewisTheFutureMrsLewis Posts: 64Member Member Posts: 64Member Member
    Awesome job!
  • vkmango4vkmango4 Posts: 161Member Member Posts: 161Member Member
    Great job! You look beautiful in both pics. Healthier in the second. Congrats on finding what works for you.
  • solieco1solieco1 Posts: 1,250Member, Premium Member Posts: 1,250Member, Premium Member
    You are so inspiring! Thank you for this on a Monday morning!
  • TinaZ2018TinaZ2018 Posts: 62Member Member Posts: 62Member Member
    Thank you all so much! I'm not having the best day but your words made me smile. :smile:
  • DoubleUbeaDoubleUbea Posts: 1,128Member, Premium Member Posts: 1,128Member, Premium Member
    Felicitări! urare! fericire!
    edited August 2018
  • sexybug6sexybug6 Posts: 151Member Member Posts: 151Member Member
    Your doing great
  • mom23mangosmom23mangos Posts: 2,642Member Member Posts: 2,642Member Member
    That is astounding progress in just 3 months. I love how you buckled down and used determination and consistency when you didn't have motivation. This is a great inspiration to people who think they can't do it.
  • NewLIFEstyle4MENewLIFEstyle4ME Posts: 3,574Member Member Posts: 3,574Member Member
    You were drop dead gorgeous BEFORE and even more so now. Also, you have a million dollar smile as well. Way to go you winner you!!!!!
  • Patty1015APatty1015A Posts: 81Member, Premium Member Posts: 81Member, Premium Member
    Wow! What a transformation! Thank you for the motivation you have given me today! Mind if I ask what home workouts you were doing and the amount of calories you were consuming to have such amazing results? I am 70kg and I would like get to 60kg! Seems almost unreachable sometimes! I ask because we seem to have the same body composition! Thanks.
  • camcgee7410camcgee7410 Posts: 3Member Member Posts: 3Member Member
  • Patty1015APatty1015A Posts: 81Member, Premium Member Posts: 81Member, Premium Member
    Thank you for your friend request! I have accepted! :D As you can imagine i need all the help i can get!
  • Patty1015APatty1015A Posts: 81Member, Premium Member Posts: 81Member, Premium Member
    I am so grateful for your detailed explanation as well.
  • TinaZ2018TinaZ2018 Posts: 62Member Member Posts: 62Member Member
    Patty1015A wrote: »
    Thank you for your friend request! I have accepted! :D As you can imagine i need all the help i can get!
    You're welcome. And you'll get it. Isn't the whole point of this community to help, encourage and motivate each other? :-)
  • TinaZ2018TinaZ2018 Posts: 62Member Member Posts: 62Member Member
    You were drop dead gorgeous BEFORE and even more so now. Also, you have a million dollar smile as well. Way to go you winner you!!!!!

    Thank you so much!
  • TinaZ2018TinaZ2018 Posts: 62Member Member Posts: 62Member Member
    vkmango4 wrote: »
    Great job! You look beautiful in both pics. Healthier in the second. Congrats on finding what works for you.

    Thank you very much!
  • rainbow198rainbow198 Posts: 1,883Member Member Posts: 1,883Member Member
    What an amazing transformation! You look great and thanks for sharing your inspirational story!

    I'm so happy for you! ❤
  • jeffrey_adjeffrey_ad Posts: 197Member, Premium Member Posts: 197Member, Premium Member
    Great work and dedication! Thanks for sharing your story!
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