May 9, 2012

I Am Down to My Target Weight...Now What?

After a few months of striving to eat healthier and being more active, I have finally reached my target weight. Now, 5 lbs may not be such a feat to those who are trying to lose more than that, but losing that extra 5 lbs for me meant changing my current life style and mindset without starving myself or driving myself nuts with all those exercises I had to do. I took the route of doing it slowly and as less stressful as possible. Remember that I am actually trying to normalize my blood pressure more than getting that hourglass figure. I needed to lose as much extra flabs as possible and leave just enough for normal body function. 

I am now left with a question that I am sure many have already asked: "I have lost all the extra pounds...now what?"  I got various answers from Mr. Google, from stretch marks to sagging skin to how to maintain the weight and prevent backsliding.  Well, one wouldn't probably have that problem with just a measly 5 lbs of weight lost.  I kept reading until my eyes hurt with all those search results.  Decided to stop for a while because I am already teary-eyed hahaha!


Okay, that's it.  When my eyes can't take all that reading stuff, it's probably time to just close my eyes and use a bit of common sense.  Well, for one, as I have mentioned before, my clothes are getting more lose, which is a good and a bad thing.  It's good because I am losing the excess fat.  It's bad because if I continue to lose more weight, I'd be a wilted vegetable in a few months (not to mention the need to buy better fitting clothes which can be costly).  And that's not what I have in mind since I embarked on this journey.

Right now, I am contemplating on building some muscles.  Don't get me wrong.  I have no intention of joining a body building contest, although there are several women who do that.   I just figured that since I got rid of the excess fat, I can now level up my fitness by toning my muscles, sort of like body sculpting.  I have started doing push ups in an inclined position, using my office table instead of doing the regular push ups from the floor.  When I was heavier, I could only do less than 10 push ups at a time on the table and 5 push ups when on the floor.  The latter is still the same hehehe.  I guess, I am not yet that strong to lift my own body weight, but I'll get to that in a few months.  On my improvised push ups on the table, I am happy to say that I have doubled up the number.  Yay!

That's my baseline for now.  But sooner or later, I really have to find a good gym to work out my body and with a good trainer to guide me and monitor my progress.  Meanwhile, I am trying to do some exercises that can be done at home or in the office where I stay most of my time.  Maybe, by next year, when my body is well-conditioned, I just might start joining marathons. For the rest of this year, I would be sort of stretching my body to fitness.  I hope the blood pressure follows suit.


Seawall stretch by lululemon athletica
Seawall stretch, a photo by lululemon athletica on Flickr.



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