Lean in 2013

61 lbs and counting

In June 2013, I set a goal to lose 60 lbs. On December 13, 2014, 19 months into my fitness journey, I reached that goal. It was exciting but bittersweet. I had come so far, but was still not physically where I wanted to be.

I think I still have another 15 lbs to lose before I will look pretty lean, but I am not focused on the number on the scale. The weight comes off much slower these days, and I am more concerned about how my body feels and looks, and how clothes fit.

Although I am still working on my physical transformation, I don’t think I have ever talked about the mental and emotional transformation that has accompanied my weight loss. I started my weight loss journey because, quite frankly, I hated myself and I was tired of it. I didn’t like the way I looked, I didn’t like the way I felt, and I also wasn’t very happy with other life circumstances at the time. (more…)

Fit meal inspiration

I prep most of my meals for the week on Sunday (breakfast, lunch, and snacks), and although I eat the same things for the week, I try to change it up every few weeks to keep it interesting. Here are some meals and snacks I’ve been enjoying recently.

tuna burgers

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

These tuna burgers are cheap, quick to make, and delicious! All you need is a can of tuna, a tablespoon of mayo, some spices (I like Mrs. Dash), quick oats, and an egg. I throw a slice of fat-free cheese and mustard on top and chow down.

lettuce wrap

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I really enjoy taco turkey anything, and these lettuce wraps make a great lunch. I brown a pound of ground turkey in a pan, add a packet of low-sodium taco seasoning, and throw in some corn, black beans, red peppers, onions, or whatever vegetables I have on hand. When I’m at work, I spread some guacamole on a romaine lettuce leaf and then top it with the mixture. I always get comments in the kitchen on how good my lunch smells when I’m heating this mixture up. If you’re not into lettuce wraps, you could use tortillas.

banana

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bananas and peanut butter are two of my favourite smoothie ingredients (with almond milk and chocolate protein powder), so I also love them as a snack on their own. To make this low-calorie, I use PB2 (powdered peanut butter) instead of regular peanut butter. If you’re a big PB lover like I am, this stuff will change your life. The chocolate version is also pretty delicious. If you have a sweet tooth, sprinkle a few semi-sweet chocolate chips on top for a tasty treat.

51 lbs and counting

I have lost another 11 pounds since my last blog post, which means I am 9 lbs away from my initial goal weight! I try not to focus on what the scale too much these days, because I am happy if I see more muscle definition or lose a pant size.

I still focus on lifting weights, and I have worked my entire body out a few times a week since my weight loss journey began. I have decided to split my routine into upper and lower body days so I can increase the intensity of my workouts and train more muscle groups. Other than that, I am still counting calories using MyFitnessPal (although it has been very challenging this summer!), meal prepping, and generally watching what I eat.

I have a little bit of abdominal definition happening, and I’m on a mission to see abs by Christmas. Wish me luck!

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Left: June 2013, 224 lbs. Right: August 2014, 173 lbs.

Eleven months and 40 lbs later

It’s been eight months since I last wrote about my weight loss journey (and 11 months since my journey began), but I have a great update on my progress. At the time of my last weight loss update in September 2013, I had lost six pounds. As of yesterday, I have lost 40 pounds, and 25 of those pounds have been lost since January. (more…)

Three-month progress update

It’s been three months since I started my weight loss journey and started working out with a personal trainer (herein referred to as Nicole). So far, my progress has been slow but steady! I’ve lost:

  • Six pounds
  • 3.7% body fat
  • 10 inches

Nicole says that clients typically experience slower progress during the first few months because your body is getting used to your new routine and developing muscle memory, but now I should see more changes happening quickly. I can see a big physical difference already and I feel healthier and stronger, so I’m very happy! I’m starting to love my body more and am allowing more time in my life for me.

In addition to working out and eating better, I have been prepping meals in advance (which in turn helps me eat better). For example, tonight I made about four day’s worth of breakfast, lunches, dinners, and snacks.  As the saying goes, if you fail to prepare, prepare to fail!