The first week of my 12 week challenge is done and I couldn’t be happier!
This first week was a pretty hard one both physically and emotionally. The first thing I did on Monday was have my husband take my measurements using a computer called a STYKU. The STYKU takes a 3D image of your body and is able to extract all of your measurements, including fat analysis. It’s a great way to track your progress as it saves each weigh-in and gives you a better visual than simply taking pictures.
Make sure you get ALL measurements when beginning your fitness journey.
I know that not everyone has access to a machine like a STYKU, or a fitness professional husband that can take your measurements, but it’s important to obtain more than just your weight. It’s easy to get caught up in what the scale says and that can be detrimental to your progress. You can weigh more but feel and look better. I’ve weighed 100 lbs and felt awful, I’ve weighed 135 lbs and felt my best. Depending on where you start, you’re number may increase or stay the same due to muscle gain.
Just because you’re not losing weight, doesn’t mean you’re not losing fat.
The best way to know how much fat you currently have and how much you’re losing, is to get your body fat percentage. Body fat percentage shouldn’t be confused with body mass index (BMI). BMI doesn’t tell you how much of your body is made up of fat and how much is muscle so, in my opinion, it’s not a good tool.
This is where the emotional part of the week starts. At times, it can be hard to face the facts. The facts here are that I am nowhere near where I used to be nor where I want to be. I debated whether or not I should even post my current measurements, or just wait until I’ve made some progress. But I decided that if I’m going to take you on this journey with me, I need to be fully transparent. So here it is…
This is not my favorite thing to be sharing but I believe that it’s necessary to help others with their journey.
I hope that by me being vulnerable here, it will give you the courage face whatever you need to begin, or continue, your journey. Let this serve as a reminder that EVERYONE has to start somewhere.
Which brings me to the workouts…
The exercises were a lot harder than I thought they would be. I forget that it’s been a year since I’ve done any form of exercise, so I can’t do all the things I once found so easy. I used to be able to run long distances, now I can’t run a quarter of a mile without having to stop and walk. I know that I will get there again, but it’s another thing that was tough to face.
The workouts with my husband were no easy feat either. I’m lucky that I had him there to guide me, push me, and offer encouragement when I needed it. For those reasons, I would encourage anyone who is just starting out to have a personal trainer or at least a friend to workout with. It’s easy to give up when you’re alone, it’s harder when you have someone alongside you.
I leave you with this…
Don’t give up.
The beginning is always the hardest.