Thor: The Dark World Workout Tips
I have been following you for about 2 years now. In the blurb on the left it says you resolved to lose at least a certain amount of weight. I'm curious to know if you hit that goal, what it was, how long it took, and if you exceeded it? Literally just asking out of curiousity.
Asketh - Anonymous
Short answer: not so much but I did get close. I started at 175, my goal was 140, I lost 28 in about 5 months, got stuck, and in the last year have regained about 15.
Rambly answer: I don’t remember my starting weight when I made this tumblr but I was always about a size 14. At my very largest ages ago I think it was possibly a 16 and maybe about 180 or more(?), I don’t know, I avoided looking at the numbers or buying new clothes but the jeans I wore all the time were super super stretchy and none of my other jeans were close to fitting. I’m 5’5” or 6” and pear-shaped so people were usually surprised when I say what size I am. The weight I noted when I got serious a couple years ago was 175, and my goal was to reach 140 (though I later changed it to 130), just to make a goal because I had no idea what size I’d end up at but that seemed a reasonable amount. I’d diet following Weight Watchers, maybe a little exercise (I did join a gym a couple times and took a couple fitness classes in school) but it wasn’t very regular, and once I did that I noticed I could lose about 20lbs in 3 months if I was diligent, but I’d eventually lose motivation and I’d regain the weight long before I ever reached my goal, though I’ve never (yet) reverted to my largest.
Something clicked a two years ago, I’m not sure what, but I was able to make it a lifestyle change. The dieting was easier, I think the new-at-the-time Weight Watchers Points Plus or whatever just fit me better since most veggies were “free” so I’d add veggies to bulk up everything and it was satisfying. I tried workout videos, starting with 30 Day Shred and a few other Jillian Michaels videos, moving on to Insanity and then Jillian’s Body Revolution (not really a fan, especially after Insanity), etc. Being able to workout by myself in the privacy of my own home/room fit me better. It was a habit to eat well and to exercise regularly. I felt better, had better endurance, and for the first time I felt really confident in my body. I could do unmodified pushups for the first time! My lowest weight was 147 and for the first time ever I fit into a single-digit size (8! even in not-vanity-sized stores!). It was really nice.
What wasn’t nice was all the well-meaning “you’ve lost a lot of/too much weight, you should stop” talks I would get from coworkers because I did noticeably drop weight kind of fast with Insanity, and though I knew I was doing it the “right” way, their talks and looks and teasing did effect me. I was the “incredible shrinking woman.” And then there was a week or two where I lost 4lbs, which was a huge jump when I’d been losing 1-2lbs up until then, it scared me and I started self-sabotaging the diet to not lose so much. It was after doing Insanity for the second time that I think I burnt myself out and I quit a week before completing the two months. I tried P90X but I kind of hated the pace and a bunch of the exercises, so I quit before a month was over. I decided to take a break, which felt weird at first but then I got used to being lazier and I never really started up again. My weight plateaued for months and I didn’t mind but the holidays completely killed the diet groove I had and then weight slowly crept back on and the muscles crept off. I’ve been struggling with finding my willpower since and I can’t seem to stay motivated for longer than a couple weeks which isn’t long enough for it to be a habit/lifestyle again. It’s a little frustrating to start at the beginning again (or close to it) when I remember it all being much easier just a year or two ago.
I think right now I’m a size 10 and about 160, so much less than I started at but I want to be back to where I was now that I’ve had a taste. Still a work-in-progress. Thanks for asking. ;)
Sometimes I drink too much vodka or eat 3 servings of macaroni and cheese in one sitting, but by far the most unhealthy habit I have is comparing myself to others.
This is one of my favorite things I’ve ever read on tumblr
- Carbs do not make you fat.
- Nothing in moderation makes a difference to how your body looks.
- It’s ok to treat yourself!
- Your body can handle extra calories relatively frequently.
- Water has no calories.
- Sugar is not the devil.
- Pasta is not the devil.
- No food in the world is the devil because food is essential to everything in the world ever.
And don’t let anyone tell you otherwise.
Including the little voice in your head.