I didn't post my weight on this blog when I kicked off the challenge, mostly because I was so embarassed. Now that it's over, I'd like to give everyone the full scope of how much my body has changed over the last 15 weeks:
Starting weight: 163 lbs
Ending weight: 147 lbs
Total weight loss: 16 lbs - that's 10% of my body weight!!!
Starting BMI: 28 (overweight - 30 or higher is obese)
Ending BMI: 25.2 (Still technically overweight, but just over the line from being "normal" [18.5-24.9])
Total BMI lowered by 2.8
Starting body fat %: 28
Ending body fat %: 23
Total body fat loss: 5%
(Average body fat percentage for women is 25% - 31%, "Fitness" level is 21% - 24%)
To put this all in perspective for anyone out there reading this who doesn't know me, I'm a 25-year old female and I'm 5'4". Also, because I know that this is what a lot of people were hoping for, I decided to swallow my embarassment and give you some before and after photos as evidence of these changes!
"Before" photos taken: 2/2/13
"After" photos taken: 5/19/13
|The bottoms I'm wearing are part of a bikini that I was really hoping I would fit back into in time for my beach getaway this coming weekend, and thanks to my efforts I'll actually be able to!|
So there you have it - I wanted to lose 15 pounds in 15 weeks, and in the end I managed to lose 16! I also drastically reduced my body fat percentage and lowered my BMI. Now I'm right over the line from having a "normal" BMI, and I reduced my body fat by FIVE PERCENT!
I'm also very proud of the fact that I did this completely on my own. By that I mean that I didn't have a personal trainer, nutritionist, or chef, I didn't do any cleanses or fad diets, and I didn't take any supplements or mystery pills; all I did was get a gym membership. Pure diet and exercise is what it really comes down to when you're trying to lose weight.
All in all, I just feel so much better after having finished my own personal weight loss challenge. This was really about so much more than just a number on a scale, even if that's what my impetus was for getting things started. I've made so many positive changes in terms of my diet and exercise habits, and I hope to keep those healthy new habits and use them to maintain my body the way it is now. Maybe in the future I will challenge myself once again and try to make more changes in my body, but for now I'm so perfectly happy with all that I have achieved over the last few months and I fully intend to enjoy my renewed sense of happiness and well-being throughout the summer! Cheers!