My body seems to enjoy 160-170, which I have been at for a decade now. I am 5'3", so in theory, I'm on the border of overweight and obese:
|Excuse me while I take this with a big grain of salt.|
First, know that I am not dieting. I have tried this in the past and I inevitably lose 5 pounds in the first week or two, then never lose again, give up after two months and gain it back. Also, I'm not interested in giving up sweets and such for a life of veggies and free-range chicken. So I've cut down on the bad stuff. Sodas are a once or twice a week, dessert on rare occasions, eating out once in a while.
However (as you know), I am exercising six days a week on a really intense routine that incorparates cardio and weights. Here's me after a month:
|Not the most flattering of pictures, true, but the point is to see what progress I made. I'm trying to use the same outfit for photos and measurements each time.|
It doesn't look like a lot, but I m toning up. I can go up the stairs without losing my breath, and I can carry more. Also, my jeans fit better. Here are my stats:
|body fat||38.5||35.3||3.2 dec|
I'm not happy about how little weight I've lost, but Ryion, my Personal Torturer...er...trainer, said people often gain at first because fat is converting to muscle. Plus, as I said, my body seems to settle into a comfortable weight and stay there regardless. If I can shape my body better, I'll be satisfied. Something else you can't see in the photo btw, is that I've established a better routine of exfoliating my face and for the dark circles under my eyes. (My mother-in-law bought me some stuff for the circles.)
My next step is to drink more water. I'm supposed to drink 84 ounces a day. The formula is half your weight in ounces. I saw on Dr. Oz that lemon water is supposed to help, so I'm doing that. I also want to add a multi-vitamin. I'm bad about taking these regularly.