Where to start... if you have 50+ pounds to lose
The author begins:
...there's no such thing as one ideal weight. Yours will depend on a myriad of factors, including your hormone levels, current weight, height and body frame, medical conditions and more.
If 50 pounds is your goal, the road ahead is going to be bumpy at times, sure, but the destination will be so worth the trip... you be slimmer and fitter ... you’ll also be at significantly less risk for diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure and many of the other ... byproducts of being ... overweight."
I have participated in two SP 5 % weight loss challenges since ______. (More to reflect upon here...) I can list a lot of benefits I have seen, including state-of-mind benefits. However, I am anxious to see more physical benefits.
I may not quite 50 pounds to lose, but a significant reduction would help me be much more nimble, be able to wear some of the outfits I would like to wear, help me reduce my risk of diabetes (dad and uncle struggle) ; help me reduce my blood pressure (dad, mom, uncle struggles -- I just started BP medicine after a tele-medical visit with my long-time GP).
And as I look for a new teaching position for the fall, I want to feel self-confident and motivated. I want energy, pep and more mindfulness toward others.
The author continues:
"... the old saying goes, you didn't gain the ... pounds overnight, so don't expect it to disappear in a flash.
[SAK] ... recommends shedding no more than one to two pounds per week for safe, sustainable weight loss. 'Keep in mind that you will likely see the most weight loss in the first couple of weeks, and it will get harder as you get fitter,' [SAK] says. "
Aha! These comments is starting to address the feelings I had today. This is week 8 of my second SP 5% challenge of the year and the scale is showing a number very close to my week one number for this challenge. Aack!
Okay I am going to take a moment here, pause, and quanitify my weight loss for myself.
...a n d I'm back. Pulling up my wieght reports on SP reminded me that there are other measures of fitness: inches; push ups; blood pressure, etc.
Again, this is for me personallly to be reflecting upon. Here are the weight numbers since January:
So my rate of progrees has been an average decrease of (192 - 177)lbs/21 wks = 15/21 lbs/week or approximately 0.7 lbs per week.
If I "get real" about my exercise routine over those same 21 weeks, I observe really good consistency with yoga (and even improvement in the # times per week I do 40 minutes of chair yoga). However, I am not consistent with cardio or strength training.
Further, there have been hurdles (I know all humans have similar hurdles from time to time) of COVID outbreak and my wanting to watch the news a lot; also, mid-April being a time of renewed grief as the 1st anniversary of Brett's death happened amid the "stay home, stay safe" protocols.