Starting a habit can be difficult for some.
Starting a habit in the middle of a pandemic and online classes is even harder.
But it’s possible. Here’s how and my results.
My Personal Habit Challenge
On March 31st, I decided that I wanted to do something for myself that would aid my health goals.
I wasn’t looking to have a glow-up moment. I wanted to experiment. (ㆆᴗㆆ)
I wanted to see if:
- I could lose weight healthily without weighing myself for the 50 days
- I had any obsessive feelings towards my scale
- I could actually make it 50 days, exercising every single day
The first step was to make a SMART goal.
“Exercise every day for 10 minutes” is a lot less vague than “exercise everyday”.
The latter doesn’t give you any info about the goals. It’s a no-brainer statement, but not an inspiring one.
I specify 10 minutes because I know I can at least do that on my lazy days. Plus I can gauge how much of an overachiever I am when I do even more time!
I initially started with marching in place for the 10 minutes to quickly surpass it and regularly go for 20+ minutes a day.
Marching in place is so easy! So I knew it was an attainable goal.
While my main goal is to lose weight (specifically fat loss), my goal focused more on health than body recomposition.
Even if I didn’t lose the weight, I knew that my heart was healthier, my asthma lessened in severity, and I now have a lifelong habit to continue.
Do it for 10 minutes everyday. Can’t get more time-based than that.
With my goal made, I proceeded to batch the habit with another habit that doesn’t change often.
I always did my workout before I slept.
It worked. 20+ days went well!
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Current weight: 208.4 lbs (94.5 kgs)*
Percent Lost: 13.5%
*My last known weight before the challenge.
Current Weight with Measurements
Current Weight: 201.0 lbs (91.2 kgs)*
Percent lost: 15.5%
*My weight the day after the challenge.
\(@^0^@)/ Almost at Onederland again!
|Neck||14 in (-1 in)|
|Chest/Bust||49.5 in (-0.5 in)|
|Bicep*||17 in (-0 in)|
|Waist (@ navel)||45.5 in (-0.5 in)|
|Hips||49 in (-3 in)|
|Thigh*||31 in (-1 in)|
*Right side of the body
|Neck||13.5 in (-0.5 in)|
|Chest/Bust||46.25 in (-3.25 in)|
|Bicep*||16.25 in (-0.75 in)|
|Waist (@ navel)||42 in (-3.5 in)|
|Hips||45.75 in (-3.25 in)|
|Thigh||28.5 in (-2.5 in)|
*Right side of the body
What went wrong/right?
- My weight loss slowed down I guess? Felt a little disappointed about that. But progress is progress!
- I got lazy with my exercise after day 25. More days ended up being light to moderate cardio instead of moderate to high impact.
- I had some fast food (which is not bad) but I did not adjust for my new stomach capacity and tried to stuff myself.
The Good (*^▽^*)
- I’ve entered a new threshold of fullness. It takes a lot less food to make me uncomfortably full.
- I now know that cardio is not the way that I can lose weight. It’s done wonders for my asthma and stamina, but it’s a fitness tool, not a weight loss tool. This is something that will stick with me forever.
- Snacks every day within my eating window has prevented most, if not all, of my binges!
It’s all about strength now! The day I measured for the results was the day I started focusing on just strength with limited cardio.
My current schedule is
Sunday – Butt
Monday – Arms & Cardio
Tuesday – Full Body
Wednesday – LEG DAY!!!!!! \(@^0^@)/
Thursday – Active Rest/Cardio
Friday – Back & Chest
Saturday – Abs & Cardio
I also joined a Discord Chat Group of fellow petites for a summer challenge/accountability group.
More support equals more success for me.
I’m not even going to say when I’ll update since I always sabotage myself lol.
( ﾟдﾟ)つ Until next time. Crush it!