So what did I change?
For starters, I changed my diet. I cut out tortillas, white bread and white rice cold turkey. Also I replaced my liquid intake with water with the exception of my morning dose of caffeine (steamed milk over three shots of espresso). I increased protein intake and substituted fatty snacks with healthier snack options such as peanut butter and celery. I didn't obsess with my intake portions by counting my macros (although I respect those who are that disciplined). Instead I simply made healthier choices and eliminated the mentioned bad-carb intake. I saw results within three weeks.
And I hit the gym...
I didn't just want to lose weight; I wanted to be stronger! Approaching a work-out as a competition with yourself is a great way to play to your competitive side while truly pushing yourself beyond your limits.
I am a beginner and open to suggestions but here are some of my go-to workouts so far:
- 3 Sets, 15 Reps: Squats
- 3 Sets, 10 Reps: Deadlifts
- 3 Sets, 10 Reps: Walking Lunges
- 3 Sets, 10 Reps: Weighted Glute Bridges
- 2 Sets, 15 Reps: 1 Arm Tricep Extensions
- 1:00 Plank
Again, I am just getting into this whole fitness thing but I have to admit, it is addicting!