Remember I talked about my struggle with food in the last post? Thanks to all your comments and encouragement, I sucked it up, counted my calories, tracked my macros and logged into My Fitness Pal every day since July. Took me a couple of months after I wrote the post to finally commit to it, and it was the best decision I made. I also logged in my daily weight, just to see how I react to foods, and I realized I could gain 2kg a day, and lose it all in the next 3 days. That usually happens when it’s the time of the month, and when I ate too much carbs. I’m carb sensitive, which means I retain a lot of water when I have too much. The daily weigh in also made me understand my body much better, and because of that, the number on the scale doesn’t freak me out anymore.

 

 

My fitness journey chloeash

 

 

What I do to track my progress is to take photos every month. I’ve been shrinking, that’s for sure, and it’s a HUGE motivation factor when there’s visual progress. I lost my perpetual 4-month pregnant belly! I’ve been lifting heavy weights, gaining lots of strength and hopefully some muscles and it’s so empowering being able to deadlift 100kg, especially for a noob like me. I’ve been wearing smaller clothes too and guess what? I bought a really nice dress in a smaller size so that I could fit into it a few months down the road. That’s my short term goal. Of course, there’s an ultimate goal, a size and shape that I really want to be… and that might take me at least another year. Body composition is tough business. I don’t want to be all loose skin and bones with no definition. To look athletic, I have to BE athletic. Also, let them booty grow. LOL!

There are some birthday parties here and there, and I’ll be travelling end of the year, so I take those as breaks / re-feeds. I’m not too anal about some off days because seriously dudes, I realized that when I’m really watching what I eat, I have to BE anti social. The “What’s another drink? What’s another chip?” mentality will ruin everything. 50 calories here, 100 calories there, they all add up! Next year, I’m planning to visit my uni friends I haven’t seen in 10 years. Call me vain, but I’d like to look good for that! That’s another motivation factor.

If you’re on a similar journey as I am, what have you been doing? HOW have you been doing? I said before that writing things down helps me put things in perspective, so that’s why I’m still putting up posts like this. Hope I didn’t bore you to death!

 

Cheers for reading!

 

xoxo Lily

 

 

Written by Lily

  • Good for you!! I’ve kind of stalled-travelling so much this year. But I don’t let it bother me now, I just try to keep at it!

    • Lily

      Yup, we just do what we can, when we can. It’s really a lifestyle anyway 🙂

  • Hey congratulations! Good on you for loosing the belly, and I’m always so proud of what you do. Lift 100kg?? I don’t think I would even summon up the courage to move that 1mm!
    I was doing really well all summer and at the end of summer but I’ve stalled now due to various trips I’ve had to make (work and unfortunately family emergency related). However I’m back in Bcn now and will try my best to improve with my fitness again. I keep you in mind as inspiration xx

    • Lily

      Thanks Sofia. I’m happy to lose the belly. Hahaha! Yeah, I have to make sure I empty my bladder before lifting heavy, thanks to weaker pelvic floor muscles. LOL! Yes, life does get in the way, but I just get back into things whenever I can. We all fall off the bandwagon. It’s only normal 🙂

      • So I have to get back on the bandwagon now!

  • Good on you with sticking with your fitness journey, Lily! My yoga practise has gone down the drain due to injuries that took a couple of months to heal and then the last two weeks have been plagues by sickness. I miss being fit so fingers crossed that I’ll get back into it next week.

    • Lily

      How did I miss this comment, Shireen? Are you back at yoga now? I’ve been so immobile, stiff muscles and also some minor injuries here and there. I haven’t been doing yoga for a while now, so maybe it’s time to just get back on the mat and stretch those muscles!