I wanted to share with you my final results for, and experience throughout, the 8 week #noexcuses and #nolimits challenge.
I’m 32 years old and 163.5cm tall. When I started the program in early August this year, I weighed 79kg. I will admit that initially, I thought my motivation was superficial – I was tired of being the ‘frumpy’ one at the office and hiding behind purposefully loose fitting pants. I also have a family wedding to attend in October, and wanted to be able to wear a nice dress on the day. So my end goal, I thought, was to just look ‘good’. When I started the program I truly thought I was pretty fit and pretty healthy already, that I just had a couple of kilos to loose, and that most of my weight was just muscle and genetically inherited broad Italian shoulders.
It only took a few days for me to realise that my motivation to lose weight was so much more than to improve how I looked on the outside. I had a lot of improvement to do internally, too.
I’m a regular gym-goer and have been since my teens, but what I didn’t realise until recently was that I had begun treating my workouts as ‘punishment’ for eating crappy food or drinking too much wine the night before. On weekends particularly, I was overexercising and convinced myself it was fine to be exhausted all the time. Somehow I wasn’t seeing that skipping breakfast most days, eating whatever-I-could-find lunch on the run, and having huge disproportionate meals at dinner was actually making me put on weight. It was a vicious cycle that my life was swirling around, and I found all I ever thought about was food, and how I could justify then counteract eating the next bag of confectionary. It was a difficult moment for me on the program when I realised I hated my body and was starting to hate myself as a person too.
The program has given me far more of a reward than just losing weight. I now appreciate eating more frequently (I actually eat more now, than I did prior to beginning the program) and also understand portion sizes. I understand the importance of and rewards for drinking water and keeping well hydrated. I am no longer intimidated by the weights room at the gym, nor embarrassed to wear short sleeves in there, and enjoy the feeling of ‘strength’ that comes during and after a weights session. I have learnt to enjoy my workouts and have fun with them, and also to vary my activities by doing things like burpees, skipping, step climbs, jumping jacks and even planks. I have been braver with kitchen experiments and am not scared to cook from scratch, and incorporate far more of my husband’s amazing vegetable patch than previously. I don’t see food as a ‘reward’ now for doing something good, and I also don’t see it as ‘comfort’ when I’m having a challenging mental moment – I see it as fuel, petrol, and something to be enjoyed and appreciated wherever possible. All in all the program has taught me to respect my body, respect my mind, set short and long term goals for myself and open my mind to the fact that good food/good exercise are just the foundations for enjoying life overall.
My finish weight on day 56 was 70.3 kg, I have lost 8.7 kilos all up. I lost 12cm off waist, 8cm off chest, 8cm off hips, and 6cm off thighs. Shoulder size has increased by 5cm (proud of that). but interestingly I feel far more proud when I stand back and appreciate how much my overall fitness and physical/mental health has improved. The weight loss is just a bonus.
I started my new fitness challenge #nolimits in December. #nolimits has seen me loose another 3 kilos and I now weigh a comfortable 67 kilos (my start weight was 79). However it’s not the weight loss or the centimetre decrease that’s my proudest achievement.
As I type this email to you today, I can honestly say, in the six short months completing both your programs, I’ve learnt many powerful life tools that I wish I’d known about (or been more open to) earlier in life. But perhaps we don’t learn these things until we’re ‘ready’ either.
I am immensely proud of not only how great I feel physically, but also the flow-on effects that has had for me mentally. My workouts are now my reward, not punishment. #nolimits has really opened my eyes to just how great (and fun!) lifting weights can be too.
Thank you for popping up on my Facebook newsfeed when you did, you’ve honestly changed my life Kim.
Amazing Loz! You look fabulous and I am so proud of your achievements over the past 6 months.