- Use technology to the max: I’ve stopped tracking my food obsessively over the last few weeks, mainly because I know what needs to go into every meal now. My Vivofit has been irritating me immensely over the last few days, because it’s having syncing issues again. Methinks it’s almost time for a new This is the one: Fitness tracker edition post. I’m still tracking my steps and heart rate though, that’s always useful. I also have no complaints about my scale.
- 8000 steps a day (minimum): I don’t have time now to plot my step graph again, but my trend has kept moving consistently upwards. Breaking 10 000 a day is now normal for me. It still takes concerted effort to break away from my desk and ensure I get at least 4000 steps at lunchtime, because when one is on a coding streak it is hard to snap out of it.
- Increase my overall stamina: Still increasing everyday – it’s weird to actually feel the power in muscles I didn’t even know I had.
- Increase my overall flexibility: I’ve been focusing on legs and thighs during my Pilates workouts to get some definition there. I’ve also incorporated a resistance band into that workout, which is great for making my legs feel like they will fall off if I do a side leg lift just one more time.
- Stick to my workout schedule: I’ve been a bit looser with this lately, because as we all know, food plays a larger role in weight loss than exercise. That doesn’t mean I haven’t been doing all my sessions though, because I like to exercise now. That is in large part due to Shaun T’s infectious enthusiasm, and because it releases a lot of stress.
I’d like to share two anecdotes now. Last week, I went with the SO to the barber for his monthly haircut. For the first time in a few months, I sat on the couches in the shop to wait for him. When we came out, he said he told his guy that he needed a good hairstyle for the couple’s photo shoot we’re doing. The guy asked what happened to his previous lady. The SO had to point out that it was still me.
A few days ago, I was speaking to one of my colleagues. He asked, “Where are you disappearing to?” It took me a few seconds to figure out that he was referring to my weight. Losing 20 kg so far has already been an achievement for me, but I need to keep pushing through to get to my ultimate goals.
I’m still on track to reach my first milestone by the end of the year, which means I need to drop 5 more kg by then, but I know I can do it. Also, by putting it on here, I’m adding another level of accountability.