Lose Weight, Tone Up, Look Great!

Lose Weight, Tone Up, Look Great!

Updated Jan, 17th 2013

With my first trip to Hawaii coming up at the end of March, I'm working towards looking more presentable on the beach. ;) I'm not looking to be completely bikini-body-ready as it isn't a realistic timeline for me, but I want to be where I won't feel so self-conscious.

Friends have told me I'm athletic or active, but I'm honestly a couch potato and love it (unfortunately). So in order for me to go outside and be active, it has to be something I love - which is how I picked up paddling at the beginning of college. I paddle dragon boat, and most recently added: outrigger canoe. Both sports are with competitive teams and with regular racing events. Even though I've been involved with these teams, I haven't ever truly sported the athletic physique. Perhaps my outfit choices sometimes help to conceal that?

I grew up thinking I had always been overweight. Consistently being one of the tallest kids in my class year after year, my mom and I used to shop for size Large or XL leggings and oversized t-shirts (as was the fashion in the 90s!). So that's all I'd ever remembered, but when I looked back at old photos - I was, in fact, a normal-looking kid.

I was never the best runner or athlete during PE, so that also added to my outlook on my personal fitness. If I were to guess, I suppose my weight had started to become an issue in high school when PE became an optional class. I hit the Freshman 15 during college, but lost it all by the end of the year. However, summer vacation happened and I was back on the couch... And during the next 3 years of college, I gained another 10 lbs. That had been a consistent weight for me until I entered the working world and gained another 10 lbs. Sitting at my desk 8 hours a day, and rarely walking as much as I used to on campus obviously affected me. During college, I regularly had dragon boat training/practice three times a week, and sometimes weight lifted at the gym. Some people tried to console me that perhaps some of the weight I gained in college was muscle (which is probably true) but it is not completely so.

Since graduating, I've put in more effort to take a long walk or a jog - not wanting to spend money on a gym membership; occasionally did an Insanity workout, or biking as well. However, I had finally decided to go ahead and splurge on a membership to 24 Hour. Started it in September, and went once or twice a week - or none at all. Last week, I decided to jumpstart a change. I've been inspired by a friend's weight loss journey and am motivated to work out more consistently. I'd gone 5 days last week, and already went 2 days this week - this is my start of a positive fitness habit change.

I'm also aware that losing weight requires a lifestyle change, and not fad diets. I'm very familiar with calorie/meal tracking and even tried Weight Watchers for a bit until it just became an extra "chore"; it was becoming a burden rather than a tool. Making the dietary changes will be slower for me, as I love to eat (and all the best tasting stuff is the bad stuff). 

My fitness action plan is to continue the gym visits and work in some dietary changes:

Monday - (rest)
Tuesday - Gym: Arms/Shoulders
Wednesday - Gym: Legs
Thursday - Gym: Abs/Core
Friday - Gym: Back
Saturday - Gym: all around
Sunday - dragon boat paddling

That's my story for now, and I hope to be able to look back and see progress in my journey.

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