Officially Lost 20 Pounds | My Weight Loss Journey

From 132 lbs last December 2019 down to 116 lbs in May 2020. Check out how to lose weight in your 40s article here. I also posted about officially losing 20lbs in August, 2020 in this entry. I also included the Youtube videos that helped me get to where I am (fit and healthy) now. Currently weigh between 103 to 104pounds. And yes, I finally did it. I was able to fit in my wedding dress from over a decade ago!

Weight Loss Journey

It's been seven months since I started my weight loss journey. The good news is that I already lost 20 pounds of weight from my body. In my last blog entry about weight loss, I talked about my 110 pounds target weight before the year ends. Well, I achieved it last July. Amazing, isn't it? I am not really expecting to lose that much weight in two months time since I know that the last few pounds is the hardest to lose.

July 29, 2020

"I still have 6 more pounds to go but I am getting there! My goal is to reach 110 pounds before the year ends. I didn't give up on carbs (just yet!) because I still eat a small portion of rice on a daily basis."- May 24, 2020

 Goal Weight

Did you know that there's a simple math equation to get a good estimate of your goal weight?
I read about it here

  • For men, it's 106 pounds plus 6 pounds for every inch over 5 feet. ex. 5'8" man's goal weight is 154 pounds

  • For women, it's 100 pounds plus 5 pounds for every inch over 5 feet. ex. 5'5" woman's goal weight is 125 pounds

My current weight is 110 pounds. Eeep... does that mean that I still have 10 more pounds to go? Waaaaah!

Make Time | No Excuses

I gave a lot of excuses before not to exercise. I told myself that I don't have time on my hands. I do all the household chores as we don't employ helpers anymore, on top of that, I am a wife and hands-on mom to my 8-yearExec old daughter.

Later on, I realized that if I want to improve my quality of life, I need to be fit and healthy. When I decided to lose weight, I know that it takes will and great determination to pull it off. I need to set my mind and focus to achieve my goal.

 Progress not Perfection

In this entry, I am sharing with you the Youtube Channels/Links that I follow for my daily exercise/workout. You can also follow me on my Instagram (shameless plug) so you can catch my daily workout post in my IG Stories.

Walk At Home

At the beginning of my "training", I concentrated on a low impact exercise. Go with the basic, I started with walking. Regular walking for just 30 minutes a day is better than not exercising at all.

Zumba Classes

My rehab doctor told me to lose some weight when he found out about my calceneal spur via x-ray result 3 years ago. And he was right. The moment I lost 10 pounds from low impact exercises, I felt lighter. The pain I felt on my heels in the morning is gone. That's about the same time when I started following Zumba classes on Youtube. You can find a lot of videos but here are the following aerobics/Zumba classes that are easy to follow, no crazy movements and not a lot of jumping going on but I guarantee that you are going to be sweaty at the end of your workout.

Core Strength | Arm Workout

There was one point that I felt that I can do more for my bulging tummy and flabby arms. I need to strengthen my core so I searched for abs and arms (no weights) workout on Youtube. The following are the channels that I swore by:

Planking | Stomach Vacuum

My body is still a work in progress. I don't want to bounce back and gain all the weight that I lost. I just do it at my own pace. I workout 7 days a week for at least 1 hour a day. My exercise varies from day to day but I always make time for planking and stomach vacuum.

How to Plank | The Perfect Exercise

  • Head should be relaxed; Look at the floor (I know... I am not looking at the floor ; p)
  • Ears in line with shoulders (I should stop looking at the camera lol)
  • Shoulders, hips and heels in line
  • Elbows directly under the shoulder
  • Engage your abs
  • Pelvis held in a neutral position
  • Squeeze the backside
  • Do not lock the knees
  • Ankles at 90 degree bend

Planking improves core stability, posture and spine support. 

Stomach Vacuum

  1. Inhale
  2. Exhale Completely
  3. Pull in your stomach, suck your belly button in
  4. Hold for 15 seconds; Up to 60 seconds
  5. Repeat 3x

Jump Rope

A few weeks ago, I learned how to jump rope. Yep, you read it right. I never learned how to jump rope as a kid so this is a first for me. I find it really hard and challenging to jump rope so I really need to practice more on a daily basis. 
Progress Report

That's all there is to my progress report. Will I still lose weight in the coming months? I sure hope so because if I am going to follow the simple math equation for my goal weight, I need to lose 10 more pounds. I will keep you posted!

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