Greetings from Sweden
I'm sorry about this super long introduction.
I'm a woman of 26 years and 158 cm I stumbled across Nerd Fitness a few days ago while looking for some work out ideas. Instantly loved it!
I'm a huge Harry Potter nerd and I also like firefly, Dr who, sherlock, and more.
About a year and a half ago - beginning of November 2017 - I had to go home from work due to intense pain in my lower back. That was the start of a long and painful journey of doctors, medications, insurance troubles, and everything else that comes with being injured. Also includes some financisl issues that has left me no choice but to move back to my mother's basement.
My motivation to workout started in September. When I suddenly couldn't fit in any of my pants or skirts, and worse, my favourite dress, anymore.
Of course, back then the only thing I could exercise was my arms, since my back made everything else impossible.
Now my back is getting better, my doctors say that there's no danger in moving, and I can finally start working out.
During this sedentary time, I've gained about:
10 kgs (47-57)
2 cm Neck (30-32)
6 cm Chest (83-89)
9 cm Waist (64-73)
17 cm Hips (81-98)
3 cm Arms (23-26)
7 cm Thighs (50-57)
Its also an increase of about 8%of body fat. From around 22% to 30%
That was all in around one months time.
Of course not surprising due to to barely being able to walk. I also believe part of it is a side effect from meds.
Regardless the reason, I can either do something about it, or sit and complain about it, and I've never been much for complaining!
Current exercise and plans
I do yoga twice daily, and take daily walks.
I'm looking to add some strength training to this while still taking it easy for the back.
So starting with bodyweight exercises and low reps and working upwards.
Current plan is:
Strenght on Monday, Wednesday, Friday
6/7/8 Inverted Rows
30/45/60 sec Plank
Longer walks on Tuesday/Thursday/Saturday using a 5k training app. I'm not allowed to run yet, so I walk regular pace on the walking parts and walk a lot faster in the running parts.
I've been paleo off and on for a few years. At the moment I'm as strict as I can be when not cooking all my meals myself. My mom cooks some of them and she has deemed it "to troublesome" to keep them full paleo.
My current main goal is:
20-24% body fat
While I would love to fit into my dress and other clothes again, my main goal is simply to be comfortable in my body again. If my clothes don't fit because I've built an awesome amount of muscles, then it's time to buy new clothes.
Some other goals are
10 toe push ups
2 min Plank
5 horizontal inverted Rows
1 pull up
The Plank I'm hoping to manage at the end of May. The others I'm not quite sure about. It'll be easier to set times on them once I've done a few more work outs and see how I progress.
Of course, the back might be an issue. But I'll work around that as much as possible without injuring myself further. But the doctors have assured me several times that it won't get worse from moving or lifting.
I know paleo is good for people who don't like counting calories. Eat when hungry and as much as you want from certain foods.
I eat a lot, but when I check and log calories I'm seldom over 1000 calories. I usually land between 700-800, and I can't help but feel that's incredibly low and might hinder me from progressing, even though I'm eating good foods and to satiety. I'm trying to up my calories, but it's hard to eat when not hungry.
I'm hoping that Nerd Fitness will help me stay motivated and find others to talk to about food and working out since frankly, my family and friends are getting sick of me lol