Despite not losing weight this past week doesn’t mean I am not still motivated to kick some ass at the gym and get stronger, faster, and healthier. Today at the gym, I pushed myself even harder than before; not just in weights but in cardio, too.
Last night, I read an article about Takimika, who is a 90-year-old fitness instructor, who didn’t get into exercising until she was 65 years old. It gave me hope that I can reach my goals because she was an overweight housewife that never exercised a day in her life. It was a comment from her husband that made her look in the mirror and start to think about getting fit. She got a trainer at age 79 and eight years later, she became a personal trainer.
It only took six months for me to realize I want to be a trainer, but first I have to train myself. And while I have a few guinea pigs to help in my growth of a trainer, I must reach my goal to prove that I am capable of reaching those dreams. This is why I am not losing motivation. It is not easy. It will not be a piece of cake to do this… actually, no cake will be harmed during this regiment.
One of the biggest things I must do is to have patience. In a previous post, I talked about calories in and calories out. There is a little more than that when it comes to losing weight. It is a process of understanding your macros and how much of each food you need. For me, I already know one of my macros. You have three macros in your daily diet. Carbs, protein, and fat. As a diabetic, my doctor has given me a 40g carb count a day. Based on a 1700 calories day, 10 percent of my daily intake should and can be carbs. This is approximately 43 grams of carbohydrates. This will keep my diabetes in line.
I have 90% more to adjust. Currently, I am at 45% protein and 45% fats for the rest of my diet. This will be adjusted as I watch my food intake carefully. It may go to a 50/40 or even higher in protein but for right now, I think the 45/45 is a good balance. I picked a random day in 2020 when I got out of the hospital. I had a 1671 calorie day. I was at 14% carb, 59% fat, and 27% protein. I was losing weight at that time. It was in September of 2020 that I got down to 205lbs.
Remember, those bad carbs stay with you longer and turn into sugars and when you don’t burn those sugars, it turns in to fat. This is why I am need to stay away from carbs. I don’t need those sugars. Ultimately, I need to keep the carbs inline so I don’t have to take meds for diabetes. Goal #2. It’s great to have goals.
How do you count your calories and carbs. I use My Fitness Pal. It is a great tool to help keep your diet in check. There are so many online resources that help you with it but you do need something if you are serious about watching what you eat. It teaches you to pay attention to your food and make better choices. I recommend it.
Ultimately, a week of no loss doesn’t mean it is a week of no gain. It is week’s like this that make me even more motivated to work harder and smarter to get to my goal. I spent 6 months of watching everything then 7 months of doubt. It was in that seven months that I gained back my losses. 205 back to 216lbs. Just because you fall, it’s not a reason to not get up and go back to it. I am up. I am pushing forward to climb toward that downward number.