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Hello everyone, I'm Anna :) I've been skipping in and out of the forums, reading up on the materials on this blog and several others, decided to give this a try since the new challenge has just started!

To keep things short and sweet, I've never been overweight (just slightly as a child) but struggle with stubborn stomach fat which gives me a lot of grief. Pretty happy with how the rest of me looks, but I have tried and failed several times over the past year to "get fit" and lose the extra fat. 

 

I eat relatively healthy - regular meals, overall balanced diet. I'm trained in and work in nutrition and dietetics, so I eat anything (ie, I do not avoid any foods) but am usually good with portion control. However to achieve my goal I have a few major problems with maintaining the required habits. 

1) "Body recomposition", as I've read about, requires a MUCH stricter diet than I currently have.

2) I love food, and have a Really "healthy" appetite - restriction REALLY depresses me after about 2 weeks.

3) Exercise has always felt like a chore, and I have really struggled making it a regular part of my life for any extended period. 

 

I am working on developing SMART goals I can actually stick with (for both diet and exercise). Coming here for some peer support as I find that to be the only real motivator for me. 

More to come, looking forward to getting fitter and healthier with you guys!

 

<3 Anna 

 

Things I have tried:

1) Nov-Dec 2017 - reduced carb portions and exercised 5-6 days per week (mainly HIIT)

2) June- July 2018 - 1200kcal per day, Kayla Itsines BBG (I lasted 6-7 weeks)

3) Sept - Oct 2018 - increased proportion of protein and veggies, reduced fat/sugar and halved carb portions. no calorie counting. 

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9 hours ago, Elastigirl said:

Maybe instead of focusing on losing weight, you need to focus on building muscle. Have you done any resistance (weights or bodyweight ) training?

 

Thanks for the reply! I've never been bothered by my weight to be honest, so I've never really set out to lose weight. It's more of losing fat (getting leaner) like I mentioned. I actually do like weight training, much prefer it to cardio! Can do a few good pushups and ALMOST a chin-up.

Mostly been doing bodyweight training as I don't know my way around the weights section, but definitely want to get started on that.

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54 minutes ago, Banana92 said:

 

Thanks for the reply! I've never been bothered by my weight to be honest, so I've never really set out to lose weight. It's more of losing fat (getting leaner) like I mentioned. I actually do like weight training, much prefer it to cardio! Can do a few good pushups and ALMOST a chin-up.

Mostly been doing bodyweight training as I don't know my way around the weights section, but definitely want to get started on that.

In that case I'd say just work on being consistent with your training, around 2-3 times a week, and you will get leaner. Not sure what you weight is now, or how much fat you have, but the leaner you are the harder it is to lose. There comes  a point when you have to decide how hard you want to work for it if you want 6 pack abs. Personally, I'm like you , I  like food , and I get grumpy if I'm eating too little for an extended period, so I decided I'd rather be a little less lean, and have more freedom in eating. I'm at a good weight, and am lean, but do still have a bit of belly fat (compared to the people I see on Instagram in their bikinis:smile-new:)

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Elastigirl beat me to it! I was also going to say that I'm sure you've heard the best diet and exercise program is the one you will do, I would add and can stick with. If you're burning yourself out and depriving yourself you're not going to stick with it. 

Welcome to the rebellion!!

 

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Thanks for the inputs, all!

Aye I've definitely heard that the long-term plan needs to be one that sticks, so I'm thinking of a "middle ground" that doesn't have me burning up all my willpower within a fortnight. Partly so I can remind myself, current stats are: 

153cm, 49-50 kg (that's 5 feet and 107-110 lbs for US friends), 22% fat according to the BIA in July.

 

Current goals (for the next 4 weeks): continue morning exercise in the work gym 4x per week

1) Full-body weight training 2x per week

2) Walking/ interval sprints 2x per week

3) Continue dance practice sessions 2x per week 

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Have not updated in awhile so here goes! 

I was really lacking motivation after 3 weeks of an on-and-off cough and flu, which killed my exercise momentum and had me feeling like a total slug. I'd also been feeling pretty hopeless about ever keeping up enough exercise to get the beach body of my dreams! Anywho, decided I'd just set baby steps for now to encourage myself. 

 

Got into the work gym early Saturday to determine my baseline for the different weight training exercises (deadlifts, squats, lat pulldowns etc)

So far this week, fit in:

20mins power walking uphill - 1x 

weight training (arms/ back) - 2x

weight training (legs) - 1x

dance practice - 1x 

 

Admittedly I've been skirting around high- intensity cardio training (I still retain a LOT of trauma from my high-cardio days),. which I'll have to face if I want to get anywhere with fat loss... but one battle at a time. 

 

Diet has been fairly good this week too.

Hoping I will be mentally strong enough to last the rest of the year with these habits!

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On 11/1/2018 at 9:47 AM, Banana92 said:

Hoping I will be mentally strong enough to last the rest of the year with these habits!

I have faith in you that you will!

 

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