Soo…turns out I am very horrible at keeping up and posting my workouts. I do apologize!! *frantically bowing*
But in three weeks, I have lost…(drum roll please)…5 pounds and 2% of body fat! That’s a quarter of my goal.
Well, now that the number talks are out of the way. I just want to share something that I have realized today–working out is a good mental cycle for weight loss! I will explain what I mean by this with a little personal background.
For a very long time, I believed Barbie skinny is sexy. I have tried everything to achieve that. For a period of time, I was not eating at all. Then I tried eating only certain food (like eating just celery all day). I tried diet pills, cleansing diet, and even acupuncture. Yet the only time I stopped worrying about my weight was when I regularly went to the gym. And somehow, I forgot about that…until today.
For me, it’s a focus-shift. I am aiming for different goals when I workout. It’s not so much about the number on a scale or a number on the nutrition fact label. At the gym, it is all about how many reps I can push myself to do, how many miles can I run today, or how flexible and strong I can be. The numbers stop mattering. And when I finish a workout, just right before the shower, I look at my naked self in the mirror. I stop seeing the fat hanging here and there and start noticing what muscles I developed. Not that the fat stops existing, my focus just shifts. So that’s a powerful re-enforcement for me to work harder, to push my physical limits, and to make sure every workout burns!!
I am not saying that you can go workout and pig out at KFC. I still watch what I eat, but I don’t get hung up on the numbers. Losing 5 pounds is great, but seeing my arms and legs more toned is just FANTASTIC! So…get busy, work it, push your limit, and notice the difference!!