0248A: Slow Weight Shifting

February to July 2020

Metro Manila Community Quarantine - Day 126

My sister put together the collage above to remind me how far I've come in terms of my fitness efforts. Admittedly it's hard to appreciate this sort of thing until you really take a step back and look at the bigger picture, as it were. 

I know that weight loss alone is not a good indicator of my progress, especially now that I'm not just roughly following the keto diet but also trying to work out as well to augment those efforts. But the weighing scale is still the easiest measure to look at day after day and my daily weigh-ins don't always make it easier to appreciate what's been happening with my body.

From the start of 2020, I've lost only about 6kg and am currently dancing between 75kg-77kg over and over again. I've gone through a few of these weight plateaus time and time again since I started trying to lose weight and I keep reminding myself that it's only temporary. However I can't really avoid the feelings of frustration when things don't seem to be going my way, but I do my best to press on. Also trying to avoid overdoing it - sometimes my frustrations with my seeming lack of progress in the short term make me want to work out more to somehow compensate and maybe kickstart the weight loss again.

But beyond the weight loss, the mass of my body does seem to be moving around to new places - probably where they should be instead of just at my gut. Looking at the photos above (and my own progress photos), my face has definitely gotten smaller and my belly isn't so pronounced, so that's great. And I do feel a stronger than before, even though some of my workouts still push me to the limits of my capabilities. And I say this just as I upped the difficulty level of my workouts in the hopes of pushing my weight loss again haha. Good luck to me.

But I know I just have to stick to it. Slowly but surely, step by step, I'll get to where I want to be. The current goalpost is to get to 70kg, which would still leave me in the overweight/pre-obese BMI range if you believe in that sort of thing. I don't start becoming closer to "normal" for my height once I get below 67kg, which is quite a whiles away. But I'll get there. I know I will.