Some of my readers out there may remember when I started my fitness journey in 2015. When I wrote My Fitness Journey, Part 2, I learned about “wheat belly” and made the appropriate changes at the beginning of 2018. Now, we’re at the start of summer, even though for a week sometimes, we don’t see the sun where I live.
When I was laid off from my job in November, I discontinued my gym membership and focused on diet. I also started walking for 30 minutes if it was a sunny day. In April, my husband and I went on a 21-day Daniel fast for weight loss and overall health. My husband suffers from diabetes, high cholesterol, and high blood pressure. I have high blood pressure. We also did a 3-day detox. My weight dropped, and I felt better overall.
This past Wednesday, I met with a trainer to see the progress that I made. When I started this “journey” I weighed 144lbs. Presently, I weigh 130.5 lbs. with 28.7 percent body, and 50.7 muscle mass. My percent body fat is in a normal range; however, if it goes down to 22 percent, I won’t need the high blood pressure medication. My muscle mass should be half of my body weight, which would be 65. My trainer was happy with my diet. I don’t eat meat everyday, mostly fresh vegetables. Okra is a staple for me. When I do eat meat, it’s chicken, fish, or steak.
I am trying out a group exercise class that meets 3 times a week. So far, I believe that it will help me reach my goals. We perform exercises that work the core, arms, and legs. I can be assured that I will be doing the exercises properly. When you’re on your own, you may tend to “slack off’”. The goal is the build muscle and reduce body fat to treat high blood pressure. I have to continue to insure that my blood sugar and cholesterol levels stay within a healthy range. At one time, it was a struggle. However, making lifestyle changes improved my health. I will get another reassessment in 4 to 8 weeks.