I've always been very aware that the main reason I never lost weight, was because I was eating too much and not exercising enough (read, at all). When I started going to the gym back in November, it was after I'd lost a couple of lbs already and my mindset was getting curious to know what kind of results I'd achieve if I added some exercise into the mix.
Initially my main purpose in going to the gym was to help me lose weight faster, however the longer I've spent on this journey, the more I'm appreciating that what I'm doing is a complete lifestyle change. It's no longer about the numbers on the scale, but about how I'm feeling. It's not about eating less, it's about eating the right fuel for my body to achieve what I want to achieve.
Nowadays there are three main reasons why I workout 5 mornings a week:
1) To get fitter and improve my overall health
2) Because I love the endorphin high it gives me for the rest of the day
3) Because it means I can eat even more!
I've gone from not being able to run at all, to doing 10-20 minute non-stop runs (thanks to the c25k programme, 3 times per week). The prospect of running 5k now seems achievable and running for the train these days doesn't make me break into a sweat or feel out of breath! After starting with baby weights, I'm really looking forward to lifting heavier as I progress with Stronglifts.
I get to my desk feeling full of energy and really positive for the rest of the day. Now I really notice the difference when I've not worked out in the morning and particularly at the weekend when P and I currently spend the majority of our days playing EVE Online...
I currently aim for a total net intake of 1350 calories* (1350 calories consumed after accounting for any exercise) to give me an average loss of around 1lb per week. If I exercise more, that means I get to eat more (so long as it works with my macro nutrient proportions) in order to keep the net intake correct - win!
I'm paying more attention to the proportions of macro nutrients (carbs, protein and fat) that I'm eating - not religiously, but they are goals I'm aiming for.
P also tells me that not only is my figure looking much more curvy in the right places, but my skin is looking brighter and feels smoother as well - this is also apparent on my upper arms where I have mild keratosis pilaris, but these days they seem to be smoother as too.
What were your initial reasons for starting to workout?
Why (and how) do you workout now?
* I am only a dinky 5'2" and with a very sedentary, desk-based lifestyle, other than my current 5 workout sessions per week. I work on a TDEE - 25% basis for weight loss, with my TDEE being in the region of 1800. I've been losing on average, 1lb per week.
Today's Workout (c25k W6D2 - still out of sync, GRR!!):
Walking (brisk, 3.8 mph) = 16 minutes (6, 3, 7)
Running (slow, 5.2 mph) = 20 minutes (10, 10)
Stationery Bike (moderate, 100+ rpm) = 17 minutes