By: Lindsay Korer, Accountant
- 5’1”, 34 years old
- June 11,2012: 133 lbs., BMI: 25.1, Size: Chunky Monkey
- January 21,2013: 116 lbs., BMI: 22.1, Size: Sweet Petite
Since joining the MapMyFitness team in May of last year, I added 2 notches in my belt giving me 3 extra inches of leather. Yahoo! This is my body slimming, calorie counting journey in a tasty little nut shell.
I didn’t eat my way to size “chunky monkey” in just one night, so I knew losing weight would occur at the turtle paced race. It was a race I was prepared to take on because I had the motivation and proper tools to be successful. Calorie counting, carb cycling, mapping my workouts, company challenges, and lunch time walk/runs were my vehicles to my destination.
First, I started using FitDay to track my food and drink calorie fest (this was before I was familiar with the nutrition logging capabilities through MapMyFitness). After all, popular belief says it’s calories in and calories out. At first, I tracked the food and drink that I consumed, not making any changes to my diet. I could see that I was consuming over 2,300 in one day and my baseline calorie intake should be around 1,700. I reduced my intake to 1,200-1,400 per day. In previous years, I was told to have a 20% protein, 20% fats, and 60% carbs in order to feel satiated and not starved for food. I also tried carb cycling – where I alternate days between eating very little carbs. Those days with reduced carbs were not my happy days, until I stepped onto a scale.
Additionally, I set a goal to burn a minimum of 250 calories during (at least) 30 minutes per day. I began using the MapMyFitness app and website. It has more fitness engaging aspects, like friending capabilities, post to Facebook, challenges, and courses. If I didn’t work out with my phone, I could still go back to the website and trace my route to see how far I had gone. The previous app I used did not have those types of options. To mix it up, I’d go trail running in Floral Park, run in the neighborhood, and hike various nature preserves around Austin. During the week on my lunch breaks, I’d venture out on Town Lake or Shoal Creek paths.
To increase my motivation, I started “liking” fitness related companies and bloggers, so when I found myself spending endless time on Facebook, I would be reminded of what I could be doing instead. I lost about 1 pound a week, more or less depending my week’s social activities. To be honest, when I look in the mirror, I don’t see myself as skinny. I don’t see ripped abs or flat abs like those models in the Victoria’s Secret catalog. However, when I try on my old jeans, I feel like I just put on my boyfriend’s jeans. Victory! I still have the same apple shaped physique, but now I suppose I am the shape of a tiny Gala apple, instead of a huge Fuji.
My goal for 2013 is to maintain all of my hard work of 2012 and continue to live an actively healthy lifestyle. Since I have the motivation for running, my goal this year is to build upper body strength. I plan to do activities that are outside of my comfort zone because that is where the magic happens. So far, I am into week 3 of 4 of Crossfight (a combination for Crossfit and kickboxing). Christmas Eve was my first Crossfit experience. I feared I would be the only person without oozing muscles, but to my surprise there were people with average to overweight bodies. If they could do it, then I surely could too. The 50 minute workout for the day was repeating a sequence of 5 pull ups, 10 pushups, 15 squats and then a run around the building. I could barely move without pain for a week, but I was proud of myself for doing something out of my comfort zone. Sweaty bootcamp type workouts seem to be encouraging for me. I also purchased 15 Kettlebell classes which I plan to attend later this year.
What’s your motivation?
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