Congratulations to Laura Corkery for a very successful 12 weeks. Laura made every effort to stick to her numbers and make every day a good one. Even when going out to eat, she would check out the menus ahead of time, contact the restaurant to find out portion sizes or to ask for a special request. She was determined to get the most of her 12 weeks and she did!
- Lost 16 pounds
- Lost 5.6% body fat
- Gained 2.4% muscle
- Lost 7 years body age
- Reduced visceral fat by 2 points
- Lost 3.75 inches – waist
- Lost 3 inches – hips
- Lost 2 inches – chest
Since last fall my weight had been creeping up. I knew I had to reel it in, eat better, and work out. Each post of someone finishing the TCL would amaze me, and I thought, “I wish I a) had the time, b) energy, c) will power to also do the program. It was a vicious cycle, because I felt tired, lazy, and fat there were times I did not go to CF, imagine not working out because you felt “fat?!?” The final straw was packing for vacation, and my summer clothes would not fit. I was now ready, I would make the time, find the energy and find the will power. I got weighed and measured 12 hours after I got home!
What have you learned about yourself throughout this process?
I was not sure what to expect, I did hope after 12 weeks I would have at least half the success as other members of the program, and I wanted my summer clothes to fit. I thought it would be very hard, I heard about the logging, and the prep. I also heard “trust the process”. I also kept remembering what Cindy said about the TCL group “it is a safe place.” So, with that in mind ,checking in with Dianne, and seeing that others had the same concerns and feelings as I did, I knew I could do this.
I liked that I could focus on macros and not calories, to me that was almost refreshing!
After my midpoint weigh in, I could not believe my numbers, I knew I lost pounds, and clothes fit better, but to see the actual numbers, well it motivated me even more!
I learned that I can accomplish something even though at first it seems impossible. In a way, it is like a WOD. There are times you think “no way I can do that”, and then you are driving home saying “WOW I did that!”
What goals have you achieved throughout the 12 weeks? Were there any surprises?
There are a few: The fact that I even did this, when once upon a time I thought I could not! Saying “no, thank you” to family and friends when they are offering me more of something.
Not indulging in all the food that we have in the cubicle world. Also, I now have a scale, measuring spoons and measuring cups at my desk.
I achieved better health, fat loss, inches lost and weight lost. I think I was expecting to be hungry all the time or that I would have to deny myself things I really love. In this program, I was not hungry, and I could have everything that I enjoy, all I had to do was measure it.
What goals will you continue to work on?
I will continue to be more mindful of portions. Also, to continue to use MFP as a tool. I will continue to review menus and call restaurants ahead to plan a meal. I will continue to weigh myself each day too, that is important to see the up and down.
What was the most powerful or life changing lesson/action for you?
Prep is the key. I learned that what you eat really makes a difference in how you feel, and what the scale shows. The scale can be a brat, so I tried not to take it too hard, if things did not go my way. It amazed me it could go up two pounds as easy as down two pounds. If I did over indulge, I would get back on track the next day. The old me would have said “Oh well let’s start again next Monday.”
It was crazy to me that if I did not hit my numbers it would mostly be in the carb area. If you had asked me a few weeks ago, I would have said I was a Carb Queen.
Where is more learning needed?
OH there is always room for more learning. Even though I KNOW what the scale says does not tell the full story, I still have times when I get hung up on it. It will take a while to “unlearn” that.