Post # 1
I love this board and have had so much lovely support from everyone over the few years I’ve been around. I actually got married two years ago but enjoy the bee so much I’m still here 😛
Long story short. I’m 22. I’ve always been the chubby kid, I was never slim and never had a flat stomach at school even at the age of 7. I don’t think my parents were brilliant in the food department, but they weren’t bad. I never was given processed/unhealthy food, but I think portions weren’t really controlled so I grew up weighing more than I should.
All through my teen years I felt fat and I was about a stone heavier than I wanted to be. When I went to uni things really didn’t work out and I got very depressed and ended up gaining about 2 stone. I am 5’5″ and weighed 12stone 8lbs!!
During my engaement I lost 2 stone and was 10.5 stone when I got married. I had a goal of 9st overall in my head but was happy to be 10.5 at the wedding
Since I got married I have lost about 10lbs. I am now hovering between 137 – 140lbs. But here’s the thing… I look really fat.
I know that sounds stupid. I am not “Big”, but I am very fat and flabby. And I am having the hardest time figuring out any kind of diet plan and exercise plan… I want to lose weight and tone up so badly but I just don’t know how and I end up eating crap.
I did oritinally have a goal of 126lbs in my head but now I’m thinking even at that weight I won’t really be where I want to be and I should be aiming more for 110-115lbs. which means I have about 25-30lbs to lose from now.
Is there anyone else around my height/weight who has before/afters or advice on at what weight you really felt comfortable? Or how you got into exercising on a regular basis when it’s so hard at first?
Post # 2
I am not in a similar position, but I can say that exercise is a lot easier than it probably seems! Just start with walking! Then throw in some jogging- even just 1 minute at a time and you will be able to increase it fairly quickly. Do some googling about couch to 5K plans. Grab a set of 5 pound weights at Target and look up some free weight exercises (bicep curls, tricep kickbacks, etc). You can even do a lot without weights (push-ups, squats, etc). If you want more, join a gym and go to classes, they’ll show you how to do everything. I would just say don’t do too much too fast if you want to maintain it. If you’re starting from scratch, maybe begin with like 3 times a week for a half hour and build up from there. Just get your booty out there and do it
Post # 3
- Wedding: May 2015 - St Peter's Church, East Maitland, and Bella Vista, Newcastle
110-115 is pretty low for 5’5. My suspicion is that you’re “skinny fat” – weight wise you’re OK but you’re not really toned. Resistance training is the way to go – weights and body weight exercises will help you tone up which will make you look and feel heaps better. I feel like measurements (waist, hips, thighs) is much more indicative than weight – you can lose inches without losing weight as you build muscle. I’m a good five pounds heavier than I was six months ago but I’m actually smaller. Look up a fantastic app called ‘You are your own gym’ which will help you tone up without any expensive equipment – just your own body weight.
Post # 4
lozzle22: I’m 5’4″ and I”m a pear/bottom heavy hourglass depending on how much I weigh. At 105 I looked AWFUL (which is what a doctor told me i SHOULD weigh) because of my weight distribtution I just looked ill – no matter how small I am, the hips and boobs are still there. I look and feel my best around 135-140. Right now I’m about 30 over that and I’d like to get down. I’m also ‘skinny fat’. In clothes, dressed the right way, I look fan-freaking-tastic. You would never know that I’m heavy. BUT put me in a bathing suit or something that doesn’t fit right and I’m a flabby gross blob.
Cardio and weights are going to be your friends. You want to firm up, tone up, you may not actually need to lose weight, just a few inches perhaps 🙂
Post # 5
Thanks Guys 🙂
KiwiDerbyBride: Thanks I will look for that app!
@MsGinko I think you’re right I am skinny fat. I definitely need to exercise but I need to start eating better too…